Bo Jackson isn't the only name on the waiver wire. There's also Rick Leach, who was unsuspended just so he could be released.
Leach, 33, was placed on waivers Tuesday by the San Francisco Giants. He had been on the disqualified list since Aug. 6, when he was given a 60-day suspension for testing positive for drugs."That obviously entered my mind, but this was strictly a baseball decision," Giants general manager Al Rosen said. "We felt Mark Leonard surpassed Rick this spring and is ready to play in the big leagues. Leonard can do more things than Rick."
Leach, a former University of Michigan quarterback, was hitting 5-for-17 this spring. At the time of the suspension last season, he was batting .293 in 174 at-bats with two home runs and 16 RBIs.
"The Giants know me on a personal basis, and if I had a solid year people would know everything was all right," Leach said. "Things are a little fuzzy right now. Other teams don't know me like this club. The Giants told me to sit tight a couple of days and they would try to put me in touch with other clubs.'
Leach had two days remaining on his suspension, but was reinstated by commissioner Fay Vincent. A player on the disqualified list cannot be released.
"This gives Rick a better opportunity to get another job instead of having us wait until the last minute to make a decision," Rosen said.
While he was with Toronto, Leach disappeared in Seattle from Aug. 25 to Aug. 27, 1987, after having an argument with his wife Angie. On May 8, 1989, Leach left the Rangers while the club was in New York. When he didn't contact the team, police searched his hotel room and found less than an ounce of marijuana.
On the rehabiliation front, Orel Hershiser, who has had a tender right shoulder since pitching five innings in a camp game, said he was much improved.
"Things are definitely better today," said Hershiser, who underwent reconstructive surgery on the shoulder last April 27. Hershiser had said Monday that he could be back on the mound in two or three days, "or it could take a week to 10 days."
In exhibition games:
Rangers 9, White Sox 0
At Port Charlotte, Fla., Nolan Ryan pitched four no-hit innings and struck out six. Last week, Ryan allowed one hit over five innings in his first spring outing.
"The biggest difference today was I was physically stronger," Ryan said. "It reflected in my velocity."
Rangers right fielder Juan Gonzalez left the game with a torn medial meniscus cartilage. He is expected to be out two to six weeks.
Pirates 6, Twins 0
At Bradenton, Fla., Doug Drabek allowed two hits in five innings, combining with three relievers on a seven-hitter.
Cardinals 11, Blue Jays 3
At Dunedin, Fla., Gerald Perry hit a three-run homer and St. Louis got 18 hits off four Toronto pitchers.
Astros 8, Royals 6 (10 innings)
At Haines City, Fla., Eric Yelding singled in one run off Archie Corbin and scored another in the 10th inning.
Dodgers 9, Braves 4
At West Palm Beach, Fla., Jose Gonzalez and Jeff Hamilton each singled in two runs in a six-run seventh inning off Doug Sisk.
Expos 11, Reds 7
At Plant City, Fla., Montreal, getting a homer and an RBI double from Jerry Goff, took advantage of six errors by Cincinnati.
Yankees * 8, Orioles * 4
At Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Gerald Williams' sacrifice fly broke a 4-4 tie and capped a three-run sixth inning.
Yankees * 2, Mets * 0
At Port St. Lucie, Fla., Dave Eiland, Greg Caderet and Lee Guetterman combined on a two-hitter. Don Mattingly went 2-for-4 with one run scored for the Yankees.
Mets * 5, Phillies 4
At Port St. Lucie, Fla., Darren Reed's two-out grand slam on a 3-2 pitch capped a five-run ninth-inning.
Orioles * 5, Tigers * 1
At Sarasota, Fla., Mike Flanangan made a major move in winning a job with the Orioles by pitching five innings of one-hit ball. Gregg Olson and Mark Williamson finished the combined six-hitter.
Red Sox * 3, Tigers * 1
At Lakeland, Fla., Ellis Burks went 3-for-4 and drove in a run for Boston. Tom Bolton pitched the first five innings for the Red Sox, shutting out the Tigers on one hit.
Cubs 12, Athletics 11
At Mesa, Ariz., Rickey Henderson, making his first appearance in a game in nearly two weeks, went 0-for-2, grounding to third and striking out.
Giants 7, Padres 6
At Scottsdale, Ariz., pinch-hitter Terry Kennedy's two-run double with two outs in the bottom of the ninth capped a six-run rally.