BASEBALL ROUNDUP : Angels Put Anderson on Disabled List
The Angels placed shortstop Kent Anderson on the 15-day disabled list today and recalled shortstop Gary Disarcina from Edmonton of the Pacific Coast League.
Anderson, who was hitting .282 in 78 at-bats, strained his right shoulder Saturday night diving for a grounder hit by Toronto’s Junior Felix.
Anderson was scratched from the starting lineup of the Angels’ game Sunday against the Blue Jays. California lost, 5-1. (Story, C1.)
The roster move was retroactive to Sunday.
Disarcina, who has never batted in the major leagues, had a .134 average in 22 games with the Trappers.
It took only two pitches for the Toronto Blue Jays and Oakland Athletics to renew their hostilities today.
The benches of both teams emptied after Blue Jays starter Todd Stottlemyre threw an inside pitch to leadoff hitter Rickey Henderson at Toronto.
Henderson said something to plate umpire Ted Hendry, who then gave Stottlemyre a warning. Stottlemyre reacted angrily and Hendry started toward the mound.
Both benches emptied onto the field. No punches were thrown, but Toronto hitting coach Gene Tenace had to restrain Carney Lansford, the on-deck batter.
The teams went into the 1989 American League championship series with hostile attitudes toward each other. Toronto’s top hitter, George Bell, had accused Oakland pitcher Gene Nelson of throwing at him deliberately last May.
Pittsburgh Pirates Manager Jim Leyland doesn’t expect left-hander John Smiley, on the disabled list with a broken finger on his pitching hand, to pitch again until the All-Star break.
Smiley was placed on the 21-day disabled list Saturday after telling team officials he slammed a taxi door on his left little finger. The Pirates’ top left-handed starter, Smiley was 3-3 with a 3.15 ERA.
Leyland said Smiley’s injury and a recent string of five losses in six games are the first major character tests for the Pirates, who have led the National League East for nearly a month.
“For the first time, we’re facing adversity,” Leyland said.
“It’s really ironic,” Leyland said. “We tried so hard to bring the pitchers along slowly (because of the shortened spring training), using them only for five innings, then six, because we didn’t want anybody to get hurt. And the plan worked. Then this.”
Bob Kipper’s first start as Smiley’s replacement in the rotation was disappointing. Making his first start since July 26, 1987, Kipper was rocked for seven runs and four hits in 1 1/3 innings Sunday in the Pirates’ 13-11 loss in Atlanta.
Kipper’s performance helped raise the Pirates’ team ERA from 2.79 to 3.07, but Leyland thinks the pitching staff will respond in Smiley’s absence.
“I like this club,” he said. “I believe it will respond.”