The Dodgers signed Mickey Hatcher to a coaching contract Wednesday with their triple-A club in Albuquerque, N.M. Hatcher, 36, was waived March 24 after a 12-year major league career. He had hopes of signing somewhere as a pinch-hitter, but his Dodger contract stipulates he is a non-playing coach. He will join the Dukes Monday in Tucson.
The Dodgers also signed pitcher Brian Holton to a contract with Albuquerque to replace John Wetteland, who was hit by a line drive on the right leg in a game Tuesday night and put on the disabled list. Holton, 31, a product of the Dodger farm system, has a 20-19 major league record. He was 3-3 with the Baltimore Orioles in 1990 and failed to make the San Diego Padres roster this spring.
With three days off during this 10-day trip, the Dodgers will juggle the pitching staff and skip starter Kevin Gross this weekend in Philadelphia. Mike Morgan, who lost a 1-0 two-hitter to Montreal on Tuesday, will pitch Sunday. . . . Gary Carter, a perennial all-star when he played in Montreal, received a standing ovation from Expo fans when he hit his first home run as a Dodger.
Expo catcher Gil Reyes started against his former teammates Wednesday and may have salvaged his career after undergoing rehabilitation for alcohol abuse. Reyes, 27, took a 10-game hitting streak and .424 average into Wednesday's game. He also has thrown out 11 of 18 attempted base stealers and 10 of the last 13.