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Saturday’s Spring Training Notes

February 26, 1989

Undated (AP) _ Dale Murphy got his left ring finger jammed in a door during Friday’s practice and had some blood drained from the nail on Saturday. He practiced with a bandage on the finger without any problems. Chicago Cubs

San Francisco manager Roger Craig says that after San Diego’s Benito Santiago, the Cubs’ Damon Berryhill is the best catcher in the NL. Cubs manager Don Zimmer agrees: ″He threw out the guy from Houston (Gerald Young) four times and got Vince Coleman (St. Louis) three,″ Zimmer said. ″That ought to tell you something right there.″ Cincinnati

The Reds’ three players with visa problems were missing again Saturday, and General Manager Murray Cook said he didn’t expect them to be able to report any sooner than Monday. Catcher Bo Diaz, infielder Manny Trillo and pitcher Luis Vasquez all have been unable to get their U.S. visas to enter the United States. Cook said bureaucratic delays by the government were to blame. Houston

Bill Doran said he hopes the Astros’ interest in Minnesota second baseman Steve Lombardozzi has not been prompted by the recent flareup of his own back problem. Doran, the Astros’ second baseman, has a congenital back problem that gives him trouble every spring, sometimes to the point that he can’t get out of bed for three or four days. But he usually gets over it quickly and is not troubled by it for the rest of the season. Los Angeles

Left-hander Fernando Valenzuela made his 1989 debut Saturday by throwing batting practice for the first time this spring. Valenzuela, who missed virtually the last two months of the 1988 season with weakness in his pitching shoulder, threw for 12 minutes in the Dodgers’ main workout stadium. ″Everything went fine,″ Valenzuela said, ″no problem.″ Montreal

The Expos on Saturday signed pitchers Randy Johnson, Sergio Valdez, Gene Harris and Danilo Leon and infielder Jeff Huson. Those still unsigned are pitchers Pat Pacillo and Rich Sauveur, catcher Nelson Santovenia, infielders Rex Hudler and Johnny Paredes and outfielders Cesar Hernandez, Dave Martinez, Alonzo Powell and Mike Aldrete. New York Mets

Mets left-hander Bob Ojeda, who nearly severed the tip of his middle finger in a gardening accident last September, reported no pain Saturday while throwing batting practice. ″It’s (the finger) 100 percent,″ Ojeda said. ″I feel absolutely no pain.″ Pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre said he was pleasantly surprised with Ojeda’s progress. He said the pitcher was throwing easily and besting the batters. Philadelphia

Von Hayes and Chris James worked out at third base Saturday at as Manager Nick Leyva kept a wary eye on the comeback of Mike Schmidt. With Schmidt returning from September’s arthroscopic surgery on a torn rotator cuff, Leyva wants both James and Hayes ready should the future Hall of Famer be unable to play, whether it be for for the short-or long-term. Pittsburgh

Right-handers Mike Dunne and Mike Walker reached terms Saturday on one-year contracts, leaving seven players unsigned. Still to reach terms are catcher Ruben Rodriguez, Fermin, infielders Jeff King, Jose Lind and Fermin and outfielders Barry Bonds, Jeff Cook and Moises Alou. St. Louis

No progress was reported on the four remaining unsigned Cardinals, pitchers Joe Magrane and Cris Carpenter and infielders Tim Jones and Luis Alicea. The Cardinals planned an abbreviated workout for Sunday, with 27 players and coaches participating in a charity golf tournmament. San Diego

Catcher Benito Santiago, second baseman Roberto Alomar, and Alomar’s brother, catcher Sandy Alomar Jr. remain unsigned. The contracts of all three can be renewed by the club next week. San Francisco

Left-hander Mike Remlinger, the Giants’ No. 1 draft choice in 1987, suffered another setback Saturday in his comeback from elbow trouble. Remlinger, who was able to throw only 22 innings in the minor leagues last year because of a strained ligament in his pitching elbow, felt the same pain following a four-minute batting practice stint. American League Baltimore

Infielder-outfielder Pete Stanicek, who is expected to battle Bill Ripken at second base, missed Saturday’s practice with a strained back that he suffered in a workout prior to reporting. Stanicek, who has practiced once since arriving, is listed as day-to-day. Boston

Rookie outfielder Carlos Quintana agreed to a one-year contract with the Red Sox on Saturday, leaving just five players oitside the fold for the 1989 season. Quintana, 23, hit .285 with 16 homers and 66 RBI for Pawtucket of the International League in 1988. He went 2-6 in five games with Boston at the end of the season. The players unsigned are Ellis Burks, Jody Reed, Rob Murphy, Sam Horn and Steve Ellsworth. California

Second baseman Mark McLemore rejoined workouts Saturday after he’d been granted permission to return to Orange County Thursday night to attend to a personal matter. ... Also in camp Saturday was reliever Vinicio Cedeno, whose arrival from the Dominican Republic had been delayed by visa problems. Catcher Edwin Marquez of Venezuela continues to be a no-show due to the same difficulties. Chicago White Sox

The White Sox will have dedication ceremonies Sunday for their new 7,500 seat spring training stadium. Ron Kittle, Dan Pasqua, Ivan Calderon, Harold Baines and Greg Walker are expected to participate in a home-run hitting contest at the dedication. Cleveland

Jay Bell blames no one but himself for blowing his first big chance at the big leagues. ″I hit .218 last year. That was my fault,″ says Bell, who began the 1988 season as the Indians’ starting shortstop and found himself back in the minors by July. Bell, 23, is now locked in a battle with Paul Zuvella for the starting job, and it’s a battle Bell must win if he hopes to stay in the majors in 1989. His youth dictates that he not waste away on the bench, so he expects to start - or be farmed out again. Detroit

The Tigers announced Saturday the signings of pitchers David Palmer and Mercedes Esquer to minor league contracts. Palmer will report to the Tigers Triple A farm club at Toledo of the International League, while Esquer will workout with the parent club. Palmer, 31, pitched for the Phillies in 1988, compiling a 7-9 record with a 4.47 ERA in 22 games. He’s also pitched for Montreal and Atlanta. A right-hander, he has a lifetime big league record of 64-56. Kansas City

Danny Tartabull has a knuckle injury that will keep him from swinging a bat for a couple of weeks. Tartabull chipped a bone in the knuckle of his right index finger while ejecting a trespasser from his beachfront property in California. He says the knuckle is healing nicely, but as a precaution he still can’t even bend it for another week to 10 days. Milwaukee

The Brewers announced Saturday that infielder Juan Castillo had come to terms for a 1989 contract. That leaves only pitchers Chris Bosio and Don August unsigned among the players on the Brewers’ 40-man roster. Minnesota

Jim Dwyer, at 39 the oldest player on the Twins by almost five years, has 88 pinch hits in his 14-year major-league career. He trails only Philadelphia’s Greg Gross among active players and ranks 18th all-time. The Twins acquired him for the stretch drive last season and Dwyer contributed immediately. His biggest Twins hit was a pinch grand slam homer on Sept. 15. New York Yankees

All-America cornerback Deion Sanders of Florida State, a non-roster invitee at the New York Yankees’ spring training camp as an outfielder, is finding how difficult it might be to play both sports. Manager Dallas Green recognizes Sanders’ raw ability, but said he doesn’t believe he belongs in a major league camp at this stage. Sanders’ contractual agreement with the Yankees, under which he played in their minor league system last summer, called for him to participate in the major league camp. In addition, the Yankees paid $2,000 for a $2 million insurance policy to protect the two-sport athlete. Oakland

Outfielder Luis Polonia arrived from the Dominican Republic Saturday to complete the camp roster at 45 players. Polonia had been delayed by visa problems. Third baseman Carney Lansford missed batting practice for a second day due to a strained stomach muscle and isn’t sure when he will next be able to swing a bat. Seattle

Shortstop Rey Quinones remained missing from the Mariners’ training camp Saturday, despite a prediction by GM Woody Woodward Friday that Quinones would report. Woodward said he had no idea now when Quinones would report. Saturday was the fourth day of training camp he has missed. Woodward also said he’d had no new contract discussions with Quinones’ agent, Tom Reich. Agreeing to terms on Saturday were pitchers Mike Campbell, Mike Schooler and Hanson, and infielders Mario Diaz and Omar Vizquel. With the signings, the Mariners have 31 players signed for the coming season. Texas

Right fielder Ruben Sierra arrived in the Rangers camp Saturday, a day late but 16 pounds heavier than last year. Sierra, who led the Rangers with 23 home runs and 91 RBIs while hitting .254 last year, checked in at 204 pounds. He said he would like to lose nine or 10 pounds before the season started, but said he spent the winter bulking up in a weight-lifting program because he felt he got too tired late in the season. Toronto

The Blue Jays held their first full-squad workout Saturday with only outfielder George Bell not reporting. Bell had been given permission to stay in the Dominican Republic for a charity event in is hometown of San Pedro de Macoris. He will have his first workout on Wednesday. ″Some people may say he’s late but I don’t,″ Manager Jimy Williams said. ″That was established two week ago.″