BASEBALL / DAILY REPORT : ANGELS : Polonia Can Run to His Own Destiny
Luis Polonia has been given the green light by Manager Buck Rodgers--and the blessing of former manager Doug Rader.
Polonia claimed the uncertainty that preceded Rader’s firing last Monday had hurt him on the field because he didn’t want to see Rader go. Rader told him not to worry.
“He said, ‘Don’t take it too hard. Go out and play and show the man what you can do,’ ” Polonia said. “It was hard the first day, but if I go out there and think about it, I might not be able to do my job. . . . This guy (Manager Buck Rodgers) likes to run. It’s super. I love it. He doesn’t want you, if you get to first base or second base, to stop there. If you get a chance, go, go, go. I can go any time I want. It’s up to me how stupid or how smart I can be.”
The Angels released left-hander Floyd Bannister, who had been sent to Class-A Palm Springs Aug. 2. . . . Mark Langston, who will miss his start today because of a strained hip flexor, will throw on the side today. . . . Wally Joyner (0 for 4) slipped to .297, the first time his average has fallen below .300 since the season’s second day.