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Former Red Browning Impresses Dodgers, May Sign One-Year Deal

March 01, 1995|BOB NIGHTENGALE

VERO BEACH, Fla. — Tom Browning, who crumbled to the ground in pain with a broken left arm while pitching for Cincinnati last May and feared that his career was finished, appeared at Dodgertown on Tuesday and declared he's ready to pitch for the Dodgers.

The Dodgers examined Browning, watched him pitch for 10 1/2 minutes, and said the interest is mutual. They are expected to begin negotiations soon on a one-year contract, and if signed, Browning would become the Dodgers' first left-handed starter since 1992. However, he said he won't sign until the strike is settled.

Browning, 34, pitched a perfect game against the Dodgers in 1988.

The Dodgers have yet to commit to Browning, saying they still have interest in left-handers Randy Tomlin and Trevor Wilson.

Meanwhile, Japanese pitcher Hideo Nomo is scheduled to arrive at Dodgertown on Thursday night and begin working out Friday.

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