Spring Training Roundup : Carter Doesn’t Waste Any Time Showing His Stuff to the Mets

From Staff and Wire Reports

All-Star catcher Gary Carter, playing his first game with the New York Mets, homered and added two singles Monday as Coach Bobby Valentine’s squad battled to a 9-9 tie with Bill Robinson’s team in a intrasquad game at St. Petersburg, Fla.

The Valentines won the three-game series with a cumulative score of 17 runs to 13 for the Robinsons, but hitting coach Robinson was pleased with the 30 runs scored in the games.

Center fielder Mookie Wilson, restricted to designated-hitter duty because of a tender right shoulder also homered. He is expected to be ready to play the field by next week.


The Mets open their exhibition schedule today at Clearwater, Fla., when Ron Darling opposes Steve Carlton of the Philadelphia Phillies.

The Angels, given Sunday off by Manager Gene Mauch, returned to the practice field Monday at Mesa, Ariz., but were still without first baseman Daryl Sconiers, who has missed 11 workouts and been fined $2,695.

General Manager Mike Port said he was renewing the contract of center fielder Gary Pettis, the club’s last unsigned player. Port said contract talks with Pettis will continue, but that Monday was the deadline for renewals.

Left-hander Tim Lollar, obtained in an off-season trade with San Diego, became the first Chicago White Sox pitcher to go four innings this spring in a 2-1 victory over the Boston Red Sox at Sarasota, Fla.

In the first inning, Lollar hit Mike Easler in the head with a pitch. Easler left the game but was reported to have suffered only a cut along his mouth.

Three hours, seven innings and 28 hits after it began, Manager Chuck Cottier mercifully brought an end to the Seattle Mariners’ intrasquad game.


The game was called after seven innings because the three pitchers scheduled to work for each team had each thrown their quota of pitches.

The Gold team, beaten by the Blues, 6-2, Sunday, won Monday’s marathon, 13-11.

Outfielder Mickey Brantley, who played at the Double-A level last season but is given a chance at making the Mariners this season, had three hits, including two doubles. Rookie second baseman Harold Reynolds also had three hits.

The Philadelphia Phillies may have found the left-handed reliever they were looking for in Ed Olwine, acquired at the winter baseball meetings for $25,000.

Olwine, 26, who pitched last year in the New York Mets organization, went 4-2 with a 2.38 earned-run average at Tidewater in the Triple-A Interntional League. This winter, he led the Puerto Rican League with 10 saves.

Olwine, used primarily to set up save situations, had an 0.93 ERA in his first 13 appearances for Tidewater and an 0.00 in his last 13.

Backup shortstop Paul Zuvella knows the Atlanta Braves are reluctant to trade him, even though they have signed starter Rafael Ramirez to a long-term contract.

They remember Ryne Sandberg, he says.

Sandberg, traded to the Chicago Cubs by Philadelphia because of a surplus of infielders before the 1982 season, became the National League’s Most Valuable Player in 1984.

Zuvella said any club is hesitant to trade “a middle infielder who has proven he can play Triple-A, which I think I have,” Zuvella said.

After the Braves signed Ramirez to a five-year contract in January, the 26-year-old Zuvella asked the Braves for a trade.

The Braves haven’t done that, but have told Zuvella, who he may get a chance to play second base, where he played at Stanford.