Several players were unexpectedly greeted, so to speak, at the clubhouse door Saturday by Manager Tom Lasorda, who had a few words to say to the latecomers.
Lasorda, angry because some of the players had not reported by 10:10 a.m., the required time for them to be in uniform for the 1 p.m. game, met them at the door issuing fines. "He fined us $200," said Carlos Hernandez, who said he was only a couple of minutes late. Also fined was Kevin Gross, Orel Hershiser and Lenny Harris.
Jeff Bagwell may be sidelined the rest of the season because of a broken bone in his left hand, but he is still traveling with the team, even throwing batting practice at times. . . . Mike Piazza has 99 runs batted in, the most by an National League rookie since Willie Montanez had 99 with Philadelphia in 1971. Before that, you have to go back to 1953 when Jim Greengrass had 100 RBIs with Cincinnati and Ray Jablonski 112 with St. Louis.