Monday's Spring Training Roundup
The Associated Press
Feb. 28, 1989
Undated (AP) _ Getting the body in shape gave way to tuning the batting eye and pitching arm as major-league teams started playing ball on Monday in Florida and Arizona.
Rookies and free-agent veterans tried to impress, and managers started to decide on a gameplan for the 1989 season.
New Philadelphia skipper Nick Leyva said the plan of moving Von Hayes from first base to left field may be put on hold.
''Von's going to get some playing time at third, as I've indicated before,'' Leyva said. ''But I'm also going to try him in right field. I want my best outfielder out there.
''Granted, he may lack some arm strength, but he charges balls very well. As a third base coach, that's something you watch ... how the outfielders charge the ball.''
Former Phillies center fielder Garry Maddox has been working out daily with Juan Samuel, who will be moved from second base to center field.
''He says Samuel is way ahead of what he expected for this stage of the spring,'' Leyva said. ''Garry says it is amazing how fast Sammy has picked up things. Everything seems to come natural.''
Glenn Wilson, 30, is penciled in as Pittsburgh manager Jim Leyland's starting right fielder but hasn't officially been awarded the job so as to not discourage his competition, including veterans R.J. Reynolds and Gary Redus.
''Jim is a solid manager, that's the best way I can say it. He shoots straight with you, will tell you if you aren't doing good, or if you are doing good, he'll let you know,'' Wilson said.
On the field, rookie outfielder Chris Gwynn hit two home runs Monday to lead a squad managed by Los Angeles coach Joe Ferguson to a 7-0 victory over a team managed by coach Joe Amalfitano in the club's first intra-squad game of the spring. Right-hander Tim Leary was the winning pitcher in the six- inning game as he pitched two scoreless innings, and didn't allow a hit and struck out two batters.
Buddy Bell hit a three-run home run in his first at-bat since returning to Texas, helping the Toby Harrah team to a 7-3 victory Monday over the Davey Lopes team in the Rangers' first intra-squad game.
Rick Schu drove in two runs in the 10th inning with his third hit Monday as the grey team team beat the orange team 4-2 in Baltimore's first intrasquad game. Schu's single with the bases loaded off rookie Gregg Olson, the Orioles' first-round draft choice in 1988, broke a 2-2 tie with one out for the team managed by Elrod Hendricks. Free agent right-hander Mickey Weston, who gave up a run in his first of two innings, was the winner.
Nick Castaneda, leading hitter in the Mexican League last year, had an impressive showing in Kansas City's workout Monday. Castaneda hit a 430-foot shot over the center-field fence off left-hander Charlie Leibrandt and sprayed line drives all over the outfield in batting practice. Camp News
Shortstop Rey Quinones, one of seven unsigned Seattle players, missed his sixth day of workouts Monday at the Mariners' spring training camp. Mariners General Manager Woody Woodward said he'd met with a Quinones representative, Chuck Barry, who is an associate of agent Tom Reich, on Monday morning and that the two sides were not close to an agreement.
George Bamberger, the former manager of Milwaukee and the New York Mets, is lending his pitching expertise to Montreal. Bamberger, who retired after the 1986 season as the Brewers' manager, was the longtime pitching coach of the Baltimore Orioles. He developed such pitchers as Jim Palmer, Mike Cuellar and Dave McNally and Pat Dobson, each of whom won 20 games in 1971, the last time four pitchers on the same team each won 20 games in a season.
Jack Morris, as he's done the past 10 seasons, will open the exhibition season for Detroit on Friday against the White Sox. Spring Medical Report
-New York Mets left fielder Kevin McReynolds missed practice Monday due to a bruised left foot and his status is listed as day-to-day. McReynolds, who batted .288 last season with 27 homers and 99 RBI, fouled a a ball off his foot on Sunday during batting practice. Manager Davey Johnson said McReynolds should be ready to play in the first intra-squad game on Thursday.
-Toronto catcher Pat Borders missed Monday's workout with a 102-degree temperature.
-St. Louis shortstop Ozzie Smith took infield practice Monday but skipped his turn in the batting cage because of an elbow injury that appeared to be minor. Cardinals spokesman Brian Bartow said Smith suffered an extended left elbow during batting practice on Sunday. Smith, who throws with his right arm, participated in Monday's workout, with the execption of batting practice. Signings
-The Mets announced Monday that infielder Dave Magadan has signed a one- year contract. Five Mets remained unsigned: David Cone, Mark Carreon, Jack Savage, Dave West and Kevin Elster.
-Center fielder Brett Butler was awarded a 3-year exension on his contract through 1992. Butler, 31, who batted .287 with a league-leading 109 runs scored in his first year with the Giants last year, is being paid $900,000 this year and will receive $4 million for the 3-year extension, excluding incentives.