Names In The Game
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) _ Darryl Strawberry said he hasn’t been vacationing on the Los Angeles Dodgers’ disabled list, and vowed his rehabilitation will be time well spent.
″I’m here to work,″ Strawberry said Thursday.
Strawberry will play through June 2 with Albuquerque of the Pacific Coast League and was expected to start tonight in right field against Phoenix.
The Dodgers placed Strawberry on the 15-day disabled list two weeks ago after he complained of stiffness in his lower back. He was 1 for 12 in five games earlier this month before going on the DL.
Strawberry, hitting .141 with four home runs and 10 RBIs this season, was limited to 43 games last season after back surgery.
CINCINNATI (AP) - Damon Flint, one of the country’s top high school basketball prospects, is staying home to attend Cincinnati.
The 6-foot-5 swingman, who averaged 29 points and 11 rebounds last season for Woodward High School, signed with Ohio State in November. But the NCAA ruled he could not enroll there because of alleged recruiting violations by the school’s coaching staff.
″I’m glad it’s over and behind me,″ Flint said Thursday. ″This has been a tough time for all of us.″
Cincinnati had a scholarship available because freshman Darrick Ford transferred to another school.
″To say he is a great player is an understatement,″ Cincinnati coach Bob Huggins said. ″He’s an outstanding defender who fits well in our trapping and pressure defense with his size and long arms. He’s also a well-rounded offensive player.″
IRVING, Texas (AP) - Dallas Cowboys receiver Michael Irvin downplayed a citation he received this week in Florida for disorderly conduct.
″They gave me a citation, like a parking ticket,″ Irvin said Thursday at the team’s practice facility. ″I don’t understand this.″
Irvin was cited after an incident early Thursday at a convenience store near his hometown of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., The Dallas Morning News reported.
According to a police report, Broward County sheriff’s deputy D.J. Alvarez cited Irvin because he reacted in a ″very loud and disorderly manner″ during a confrontation with two clerks who refused to sell him a bottle of wine.
The clerks told authorities they believed Irvin was trying to buy wine for a minor whom the clerks had just refused moments before. They said they called the police when Irvin attempted to retrieve the wine from behind the counter.
MONTREAL (AP) - Montreal reliever Jeff Fassero took advantage of a rare day off after appearing in 20 of the Expos’ first 46 games.
With the Expos idle Thursday before opening a series in Chicago today, the left-hander took the time to play a round of golf, which he described as ″a nice break because it gets my mind off baseball.″
″I like the work,″ Fassero said. ″Of course, I also like to see a starter go nine innings. If it keeps happening, the bullpen might run into problems later in the year. But I think it’s better that it’s happening now, when you still have your arm strength.″
He appeared in 70 games last season.
″He’s incredible,″ Montreal manager Felipe Alou said. ″I used him three days in a row and he was still throwing as hard on the third day as he was on the first.″