But Crews is not left-handed, so Executive Vice President Fred Claire said he thought it was essential to acquire another left-hander. The Dodgers scouted Horton as early as June, and special assignment scout Phil Regan has been in Chicago since Sunday. Claire said he and Larry Himes, the White Sox general manager, had been talking over the weekend and reached an agreement Tuesday afternoon.
"I think the addition of Ricky Horton is extremely important," Claire said. "It gives our staff a good balance. There are times when we need a left-handed pitcher in relief during the middle innings, whether it's (against) Will Clark or (Darryl) Strawberry or Keith Hernandez. Ricky's had success against left-handers and in the National League."
Hershiser said he had mixed emotions about the trade.
"Baseball-wise, it's probably an outstanding move for the team," Hershiser said. "For a guy like Tim, who's pitched well and then gets sent down one day before the playoff roster comes out, it's tough. It's the hard facts of baseball, but also hard to take. He'll get a full (playoff) share. I'll fight and scratch and not let any player leave the room until they vote him one."
Speaking strictly as a pitcher, though, Hershiser said another left-handed starter will be welcomed.
"It gives you the advantage of turning their lineup around when you bring in the left-handed reliever," he said. "Then, when they bring up right-handed pinch-hitters, you bring in your right-handed stopper.
"If we go against the Mets, Hernandez and Strawberry are the keys to their lineup. Now, this gives us three lefties in the bullpen--Orosco, Horton, and there's nothing in stone saying (John) Tudor can't pitch to a batter in relief, if we need him."
In a move related to the acquisition of pitcher Ricky Horton, the Dodgers have promoted outfielder Jose Gonzalez from Albuquerque and dropped infielder Mike Sharperson from the roster, meaning that Gonzalez will be included on the playoff roster and Sharperson will not. Sharperson will be reactivated Thursday. The Dodgers apparently made the move because of Gonzalez's success as a pinch-runner and his defensive skills. . . . The Dodgers will recall five other players from Albuquerque Thursday, when the roster expands to 40 players. They are pitchers Ken Howell and William Brennan, outfielders Mike Devereaux and Chris Gwynn and catcher Gilberto Reyes. . . . Dan Opperman, the Dodgers' top pick in the 1987 draft, underwent a second operation on his right elbow Tuesday at Centinela Hospital Medical Center in Inglewood. Opperman hurt his elbow before last season's draft and later had reconstructive surgery similar to that of Tommy John. Opperman had been pitching this season for the Dodgers' rookie team at Great Falls, Mont.