Spring Training / Angels : Sconiers Has 'Substance Problem'

Times Staff Writer

First baseman Daryl Sconiers, absent from training camp for more than two weeks, finally showed up Monday and told team officials he was late because of a "substance problem."

Sconiers and his agent Nick Lampros, met with General Manager Mike Port.

"During the meeting, Sconiers advised the club his tardiness in reporting to spring training was occasioned by a self-admitted substance problem," the Angels said in a written statement.

Sconiers has been in Southern California for the last several weeks and has missed 17 days of training, accruing fines totaling $4,165.

The Angels said that Sconiers, 26, of Fontana, Calif., would meet with Dr. Gerald Roznasky of the Life Start Program at Centinela Hospital Medical Center in Inglewood, Calif., for further evaluation.

Sconiers, selected by the Angels in the 1977 free-agent draft, batted .244 in 57 games last season after missing almost four months with a back injury. In 1983, Sconiers' first full season with the team, he batted .274 in 106 games.

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