Minor aches and pains are still the order of the day in most spring training camps.
But there also some balls being thrown and bats being swung, although the first exhibition game won't be played until Thursday.- Rene Gonzales had three hits, including two doubles, and two RBI Tuesday in the Baltimore Orioles' second intrasquad game. Pete Stanicek had three hits and rookie Steve Finley had two, as did Larry Sheets.
- Derek Lilliquist and John Smoltz pitched two scoreless innings each before a thunderstorm limited the Atlanta Braves' intrasquad game to four innings.
- Kirk McCaskill, rebounding from a mysterious nerve irritation which sidelined him for the last two months of the 1988 season, pitched two shutout innings to highlight the California Angels' first intrasquad game.
- Los Angeles Dodgers relief ace Jay Howell impressed with his velocity and accuracy and Fernando Valenzuela threw 15 minutes of batting practice, continuing his comeback from arm problems.
- Ruben Sierra homered to tie the game in the eighth inning and delivered a game-winning double in the 10th of a Texas Rangers intrasquad game.
- According to outfielder Rickey Henderson, the New York Yankees may have had drinking problems last year beyond Billy Martin's escapade at a Texas topless night spot.
"When we should've been busting our tails, we didn't," Henderson said. "We were too drunk. We were getting into our rooms too late and drinking too much. We weren't ready to play."
Owner George Steinbrennner was quick to respond to Henderson's charge.
"If it did go on, then it's going to stop, and in a hurry," he said. "But I don't know anything about it. And since this is the first I've heard about it, I don't have anything more to say."
First baseman Don Mattingly said that Henderson "is way out of line. There's no problem here. If there's a problem here, then there's a problem on every team in America."
- San Diego Padres pitching coach Pat Dobson gave Bruce Hurst the OK to start Friday's exhibition opener against California. Hurst threw for about 15 minutes and said he was free of the shoulder stiffness that has bothered him for much of the spring.
- Atlanta's Darrell Evans pulled a muscle in his right side while taking batting practice and may miss a day or two.
- Yankees second baseman Steve Sax suffered a strained intercostal muscle in his left side and is day-to-day. "We don't think it's that serious, but that's not a good injury," Manager Dallas Green said.
- Kansas City shortstop Buddy Biancalana will miss several more days of spring training. He suffered back spasms on Sunday and has been diagnosed as having a bulging disk in the lower back.
- Philadelphia Phillies infielder Steve Jeltz was examined for an abnormal heart rate but worked out later in the day. Jeltz experienced the abnormal rate following Monday's workout but Tuesday's examination showed his heart rate was normal.
- Oakland Athletics third baseman Carney Lansford had precautionary X-rays taken and they showed the pain in his lower abdomen was only a muscle strain.
- San Francisco Giants pitcher Mike Krukow, recovering from arthroscopic shoulder surgery, threw eight minutes of batting practice and said he felt no pain.
- Outfielder Ben Oglivie, attempting a comeback with the Milwaukee Brewers after two years in Japan, injured his right knee.