BASEBALL DAILY REPORT : Baltimore Minor Leaguers Are Rude to Their Elder, Hitting Blyleven Hard
Bert Blyleven, roughed up by a triple-A club before settling down Monday, didn’t really help the Minnesota Twins answer all their questions about the pitching staff.
“We haven’t decided anything yet,” pitching coach Dick Such said. “I know that keeps him hanging, but we’re trying to make the right decisions for the club.”
Blyleven, 42 on opening day, gave up eight hits and three runs in six innings against the Baltimore Orioles’ triple-A Rochester team. A nonroster player with the Twins after being released by the Angels, for whom he had an 8-12 record last season, he is competing with Mike Trombley, Pat Mahomes, Willie Banks and Jim Deshaies for three spots in the starting rotation.
Blyleven has a lifetime record of 287-250 and desperately wants to get the 13 victories he needs for 300.
“Part of me is ready to retire,” Blyleven said. “But part of me wants to give it a shot. If I didn’t try it, I’d always have in the back of my mind, ‘What if?’ ”
Jack Clark arrived in camp with the Montreal Expos, more than a month after his release from the Boston Red Sox.
Clark had been scheduled to arrive Friday, but personal matters delayed him. He worked out on a back field at West Palm Beach, Fla., on Monday as the Expos played at Port St. Lucie.
Montreal plans to use Clark at first base, although he probably won’t be ready for the regular-season opener at Cincinnati next week.
“I’ve just been hanging out. I don’t know what kind of shape I’m in,” Clark said. “I’ve been throwing the ball with my son getting him ready for the start of the Little League season.”
Clark, 37, hit .210 last season with five homers and 33 runs batted in and was released by Boston on the second day of spring training this year. The Red Sox must pay his $2.4-million salary.
With Clark arriving, the Expos told nonroster first baseman Franklin Stubbs, a former Dodger, that he won’t make the opening-day roster. He had been released during the winter by the Milwaukee Brewers, who must pay him $1.4 million this year.
The San Diego Padres put pitchers Bruce Hurst, 35, and Wally Whitehurst, 29, on the 15-day disabled list because of arm problems. . . . Jim Converse, a 21-year-old rookie, was named the Seattle Mariners’ fifth starter by Manager Lou Piniella. . . . The Cincinnati Reds moved reliever Jeff Reardon and first baseman Randy Milligan onto their major league roster and optioned infielder Gary Scott to triple-A Indianapolis.