The Dodgers signed Mickey Hatcher to a coaching contract Wednesday with their triple-A club in Albuquerque, N.M. Hatcher, 36, was waived March 24 after a 12-year major league career. He had hopes of signing somewhere as a pinch-hitter, but his Dodger contract stipulates he is a non-playing coach. He will join the Dukes Monday in Tucson.
The Dodgers also signed pitcher Brian Holton to a contract with Albuquerque to replace John Wetteland, who was hit by a line drive on the right leg in a game Tuesday night and put on the disabled list. Holton, 31, a product of the Dodger farm system, has a 20-19 major league record. He was 3-3 with the Baltimore Orioles in 1990 and failed to make the San Diego Padres roster this spring.
With three days off during this 10-day trip, the Dodgers will juggle the pitching staff and skip starter Kevin Gross this weekend in Philadelphia. Mike Morgan, who lost a 1-0 two-hitter to Montreal on Tuesday, will pitch Sunday. . . . Gary Carter, a perennial all-star when he played in Montreal, received a standing ovation from Expo fans when he hit his first home run as a Dodger.
Expo catcher Gil Reyes started against his former teammates Wednesday and may have salvaged his career after undergoing rehabilitation for alcohol abuse. Reyes, 27, took a 10-game hitting streak and .424 average into Wednesday's game. He also has thrown out 11 of 18 attempted base stealers and 10 of the last 13.
"I got no problem with the Dodgers," Reyes said. "I got my shot. I didn't take the opportunity because I was too drunk to realize it. They didn't know about my problem." The Dodgers brought Reyes up in June, 1983, as an emergency replacement for injured Mike Scioscia. Reyes was 19 and found Los Angeles had its temptations. "There are people there who want to give you anything. And I couldn't say no," he said.