Mike Marshall returned to Boston's spring training camp today, ending his two-day walkout.
The outfielder-first baseman, angry with a reduced role and Boston's inability to trade him, was threatened with $1,000 a day in fines from the team if he didn't come back. He already had been fined $250 for leaving camp without permission.While Marshall was returning to camp, Texas outfielder Pete Incaviglia was leaving. The Rangers placed the 26-year-old outfielder on unconditional release waivers.
"I think my teammates are going to be very upset," Incaviglia said. "I think this will take them by surprise. I may not have the respect of (manager) Bobby Valentine or my coaching staff, but I have the respect of my teammates."
If Incaviglia, 26, is not claimed by Wednesday, he will become a free agent and Texas would have to give him 45 days termination pay: $414,148. He was scheduled to make $1,675,000 this season.
Thursday, the biggest news was Los Angeles placing Fernando Valenzuela on unconditional release waivers, ending his career in Dodger blue (see story on D1).
Meanwhile, Deion Sanders moved a step closer to winning a job with Atlanta when the Braves placed Oddibe McDowell on unconditional release waivers.
Sanders, also a defensive back with the Atlanta Falcons, has been one of the team's steady performers in spring training. His chances of starting were enhanced when left fielder Lonnie Smith underwent knee surgery this week.
Baltimore's Ben McDonald had to be scratched from his scheduled start against Montreal. The right-hander warmed up, but experienced stiffness in his elbow and had to give way to Gregg Olson. McDonald will rest for a few days and see if the inflammation subsides.
And San Francisco's Scott Garrelts had to leave the game against California after the first inning with a sore right shoulder.
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