Steve Lombardozzi is still not at spring training, with the Minnesota Twins or anyone else.
The disgruntled second baseman has threatened to hold out of the Twins' camp until he is traded, and a deal that would have sent him to the Houston Astros may be dead.
Houston was apparently close to sending reliever Dave Meads to Minnesota for Lombardozzi.
But Astros owner John McMullen reportedly has vetoed the deal because he doesn't want to trade with former Houston assistant general manager Andy McPhail, now the general manager of the Twins. McPhail has a good knowledge of the Astros' farm system and McMullen did not want to risk being upstaged by a former employee.
Houston general manager Bill Wood did not confirm that McMullen had vetoed the trade.
Lombardozzi, a star for the Twins in the 1987 World Series, lost his job early last season when Minnesota traded for Tom Herr. Herr was dealt to Philadelphia during the winter, but the Twins acquired second baseman Wally Backman from the New York Mets.
The Boston Red Sox continue to make more noise off the field than on it at Winter Haven, Fla. On Sunday, pitcher Oil Can Boyd apologized to Wade Boggs for suggesting the All-Star third baseman should see a psychiatrist as a sex addict.
A few hours later, Boyd went into a rage when confronted by writers in the clubhouse, shouting obscenities.
"He told Wade he didn't mean anything by it," general manager Lou Gorman said. "He said he didn't say things that way, the way it came out in the paper."
Jim Abbott, California's top draft choice, will pitch Tuesday in an intrasquad game at the Angels' camp in Mesa, Ariz. Nine pitchers are scheduled to work, including ace Mike Witt and Kirk McCaskill, who is rebounding from a nerve irritation in his arm that sidelined him for the last seven weeks of the 1988 season.
Jose Rijo will start Cincinnati's exhibition opener Friday against Pittsburgh. Norm Charlton, Jeff Sellers and Rob Dibble will follow him to the mound.
Danny Jackson will start for the Reds on Saturday in the home exhibition opener against Kansas City, Jackson's former team. Jack Armstrong, Mike Roesler, Kent Tekulve and John Franco also will pitch.
George Steinbrenner gave his state of the Yankees address Sunday at New York's camp in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and said he expected to see new Manager Dallas Green at the World Series.
"I will bet you he will be there at the end of the World Series when we win it. Dallas is going to surprise you. He will do a very good job," the owners said.
Bob Horner, trying to earn a spot with the Baltimore Orioles, hit the first batting practice home run, driving a pitch from Ken Dixon over a left-field fence 360 feet away. It was Horner's second day of batting practice since joining the team as a non-roster player.
Milwaukee center fielder Robin Yount did not participate in a simulated game Sunday because of a sore right elbow. The problem was diagnosed as tennis elbow as Yount got an injection.
Reserve catcher Charlie O'Brien has also been plagued by a sore right elbow and has been unable to participate in throwing drills.
Shortstop Buddy Biancalana, trying to make a comeback after playing in the minors last year, injured his back at the Kansas City Royals' spring training camp.
Biancalana hurt himself while fielding a ground ball and had to leave the field for treatment.
"It is similar to what he did last year in Omaha," Manager John Wathan said.
Edwin Correa had to be scratched from a batting practice assignment during Texas' workout Sunday because a shoulder injury that has kept him from pitching since July 1987 flared up. Correa underwent surgery last June to remove torn cartilage and calcium deposits and had worked out all winter. The pain, however, did not develop, he said, until he reported to spring training a week ago and began working on a regular basis.
Los Angeles second baseman Willie Randolph was back at work Sunday after missing Saturday's spring workout because of tenderness in his right knee. Randolph took batting practice and fielded ground balls at second base, and reported the knee was much improved.