May 19, 1994 |
Chan Ho Park, the one babe of summer, was sent to the minors for more work. Darren Dreifort, the other, is getting plenty where he is. Too much? Some are already wondering. At 22, acclimating to his first professional season while thrust into the do-or-die role of a major league closer while Todd Worrell remains on the disabled list, Dreifort was setting a record rookie pace through Tuesday, having appeared in 19 of the Dodgers' 39 games, working 23 innings.
July 27, 1991 |
Hoping Mike Marshall can avoid injuries long enough to help end their offensive doldrums, the Angels on Friday signed the former Dodger first baseman/outfielder to a minor league contract. Marshall, who was released by the Red Sox last Saturday, reported to the Angels' Class-A Palm Springs team and was to play against the San Jose Giants Friday. Angel Senior Vice President Dan O'Brien said Marshall will join the Angels for their next home stand, which begins Aug. 2.
March 25, 1998 |
Arthroscopic surgery performed Tuesday in Los Angeles on the injured left knee of Dodger first baseman Eric Karros revealed cartilage damage that wasn't as bad as feared, encouraging team officials here. Orthopedist Ralph Gambardella removed cartilage fragments during the one-hour procedure at Centinela Hospital Medical Center.
June 14, 1991 |
Less than a week after making his American League debut, Angel pitcher Fernando Valenzuela was put on the 15-day disabled list Thursday when a treadmill test revealed possible heart abnormalities. Valenzuela was given an initial examination last week by team physician Jules Rasinski before his first start with the Angels, and a review of those test results indicated a need for the treadmill procedure. "Fernando feels nothing at all different," said Tony De Marco, Valenzuela's agent.
April 16, 1993 |
Kyle Evans, a freshman on the Cal State Fullerton baseball team, was taken to a hospital for examination Thursday after fainting in the front yard of his family's home. "We don't know the extent of it now; he's been taking some tests," Fullerton trainer Kyle Coburn said. "We don't know a conclusion yet. . . . He's been seeing his own doctors."
April 2, 1991 |
During spring training in the 1960s, Washington Senator Manager Gil Hodges spotted four players ducking out of the team hotel past curfew, although they did not see him. Next day at the clubhouse meeting, Hodges announced $50 fines against each player, saying, "I won't embarrass you by naming names, but you know who you are. Give your check to (coach) Joe Pignatano. If I have to come to you tomorrow and ask for your fine, it'll cost you $100."
April 7, 1995 |
C.J. Livernois' easiest moment this baseball season was his first. He stepped to the plate in the first inning of La Quinta's first game and homered. No need to tear around the bases, wondering when that fragile right knee was going to turn to putty. These days, Livernois takes things one step at a time. He is finishing off his high school career with a limp--thanks to an injured knee from football--but he's determined to finish standing.
August 10, 1997 |
First, about these back spasms that have plagued Cal Ripken Jr. recently, prompting some to say they stem from the demands of his new position and renewing talk that he would benefit from some time off, interrupting his consecutive-game streak, which reaches 2,428 today. "I think that's bogus," Baltimore Oriole General Manager Pat Gillick said, referring to the opinions that the move to third base from shortstop brought on the spasms.
October 3, 1998 |
As his teammates prepared for Friday night's game against the Rangers, Yankee outfielder Darryl Strawberry checked into a New York hospital for what he called "the biggest challenge of my life." Strawberry, found to have colon cancer Thursday, will undergo surgery today for removal of a walnut-sized tumor. "I've convinced myself I'm ready," Strawberry said Friday in a lengthy interview on ESPN. "Knowing why I'm sick has actually helped my spirits and relieved a lot of pressure.
July 22, 1997 |
His stomach is covered with shirts, hiding the tender skin that is stuck as many as four times a day with hypodermic needles. "During the season, I can't shoot my arms and legs and butt," Dave Hollins says. "I need them too much." His dugout shakes are covered by teammates, who sprint to the clubhouse and bring back little packets of energy gel before anyone notices the Angel third baseman is pale and trembling.