Don Mattingly of the New York Yankees has received a letter from deputy commissioner Steve Greenberg, saying his comments in the New York Daily News two Sundays ago about the American League club going after Darryl Strawberry could be construed as tampering with the New York Mets outfielder.
"I have tremendous respect for Don Mattingly, and I'm sure that what he said was out of a desire that the Yankees return to former glory," Greenberg said yesterday. "But it is our view that no one in baseball -- a player, a front-office person or a manager -- should be making statements which could be construed as tampering toward a player on another team, especially in the heat of a pennant race. It could be a distraction."
* ANGELS: Right-hander Bert Blyleven, who hasn't pitched since Aug. 10, will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder Monday in an effort to repair a problem that has reduced strength in the shoulder.