As Chris Turner's eighth-inning home run sailed over the Tempe Diablo Stadium fence to give the Angels another Cactus League victory Tuesday, pitcher Chuck Finley sat in the clubhouse and marveled at the Angels' lineup.
"This team has the capacity to make you believe quicker than Billy Graham," said Finley, who gave up one run in four innings of the Angels' 3-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.
Finley attributes the Angels' spring training success--they improved to 13-1-1--to a more established lineup.
Outfielder Darin Erstad and catcher Todd Greene, the top prospects in the farm system, were among 22 players reassigned to the team's minor league camp.
Reliever Mark Williamson was released and outfielder Ralph Bryant was offered a position as player-coach in the minors, reducing the number of players in camp to 45.
Manager Marcel Lachemann said reliever Bryan Harvey, who is recovering from last May's reconstructive elbow surgery, is a longshot to make the opening-day roster. The Angels had hoped Harvey could pitch by this week, but it's doubtful he will do so in spring training. . . . Third baseman Eduardo Perez, who hasn't played this spring because of a shoulder injury, will probably open the season on the disabled list. . . . In the strongest show of public support since the Walt Disney Co. and the city began negotiating a deal to renovate Anaheim Stadium and keep the Angels playing there, dozens of people, including former Angels and Disney brass Jack Lindquist, urged the Anaheim City Council to reach a deal with the entertainment giant.