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BASEBALL / DAILY REPORT : AROUND THE MAJORS : Decision Coming on 0-for-14 Jordan

March 13, 1994|Associated Press

After Michael Jordan went hitless in two at-bats against the Detroit Tigers to extend his hitless spring to 14, the Chicago White Sox said Saturday that he probably will be reassigned to their minor league camp within 10 days.

"In the next 10 days we'll make some cuts," General Manager Ron Schueler said. "He'll probably be with that group. I think he's to the point where he's overmatched right now. It looks like he's afraid to make a mistake. He looks tentative."

Jordan grounded out twice and picked up his second RBI.

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Ron Gant's agent, Eric Goldschmidt, said he expects the Atlanta Braves to release his client on Tuesday.

If the Braves release Gant from his non-guaranteed contract, they would have to give him 30 days' termination pay, $906,593.40. If the Braves don't release Gant by Tuesday, they would have to pay him at least $1,359,890, or 45 days' termination pay. If he is on the opening-day roster, his entire salary becomes guaranteed.

Gant, who had 36 homers and 117 RBIs last season, suffered a broken right leg in a dirt-bike accident Feb. 3. Doctors said at the time he would be sidelined three to five months.

Brave General Manager John Schuerholz said a decision about Gant had not been made.

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Juan Gonzalez broke out of a slump with his first two homers of the spring--one estimated at 500 feet--and drove in five runs as the Texas Rangers beat the St. Louis Cardinals, 9-8. . . . Salomon Torres, rocked for 12 hits and four runs over 5 2/3 innings in his first two starts for San Francisco, shut out Oakland on one hit in 3 2/3 innings of relief in the Giants' 5-4 victory over a split squad of Athletics. . . . Boston's Danny Darwin retired all 12 batters he faced as the Red Sox beat the New York Yankees, 2-0.

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Pittsburgh reliever Alejandro Pena is expected to remain hospitalized for three to four days because of bleeding ulcers. Pena was first bothered by ulcers in 1981, when he pitched twice for the Dodgers in the NL playoffs but sat out the World Series because of a bleeding ulcer.

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