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BASEBALL / DAILY REPORT : DODGERS : Worrell Needs at Least a Week

April 23, 1993|MARYANN HUDSON

Although he is eligible to leave the disabled list today, Todd Worrell says it will be at least a week and maybe two before he can pitch again.

"Doctors say it can take from four to eight weeks to heal a pulled muscle, depending on how bad it is," Worrell said. "I don't think this is a bad pull, but it's been two weeks since I pulled it and I am just at the point right now where it is beginning to respond."

Worrell said the forearm injury is not a strain, but a pull, and that it happened when he threw using an incorrect arm position.

Worrell threw for 10 minutes Thursday.

"I threw about 90 miles an hour, but I'm still not throwing full speed," he said. "I've got good stuff, but I don't want to get in a game situation and not feel like I can throw free and easy because I am thinking about my arm or make it worse. It still needs some time to heal."

Kevin Gross went fishing in the rain with a friend at a private lake in Montreal and came back to the clubhouse before Wednesday's game with a 22-inch, 5 1/2-pound rainbow trout.

"I caught three of them, but threw the other two back in," Gross said. "I brought this one in so we could eat it here."

The stadium caterers cooked the trout during the game and the players ate it in the clubhouse.

Mitch Webster, whose 17 pinch-hits last season set a franchise record, says his key to coming off the bench is to stay in the game mentally and to keep loose. At Dodger Stadium, he will sometimes hit in the cage until the national anthem and then go into the tunnel about every other inning and swing.

"I'm into the game so when it's time to hit, I'm fine at the plate--I'm not nervous," Webster said. "But on the basepaths is where I get disoriented, and I don't know why. I've done some dumb things as a runner."

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