Break-ins keep Griffey Jr. from camp

February 28, 1991

Ken Griffey Jr. was the lone no-show, as the Seattle Mariners held their first full-squad workout yesterday. But it apparently had nothing to do with ongoing contract talks.

Griffey, the Mariners' All-Star center fielder, flew back to Seattle late Tuesday after a series of apparent break-ins at his home.

The alarm at Griffey's house went off twice Tuesday and has sounded at least four or five times in the past few days, team spokesman Dave Aust said.

* PADRES: Catcher Benito Santiago arrived in Yuma, Ariz., still troubled over the club's failure to sign him to a long-term, multimillion-dollar deal.

"I don't deserve this . . . but that's life," said Santiago, who lost his arbitration case and will earn $1.65 million in 1991. "I'll just take it like a man."

MA * ATHLETICS: Outfielder Rickey Henderson, apparently upset be

cause his contract hasn't been renegotiated, was the only no-show at spring training.

"I'm not terribly surprised Rickey's not here because of an undercurrent of unhappiness about his contract," Oakland general manager Sandy Alderson said.

L Players have until March 6 to report without risk of a fine.

* EXPOS: Add one more pitching staff candidate: Rick Mahler, a 13-year veteran, most recently with the Cincinnati Reds.

Mahler, 37, received no offers in the free-agent market. He began workouts with Montreal yesterday after being invited to training camp by the Expos.

* METS: Pitcher Frank Viola tested his ailing left elbow and then told manager Bud Harrelson his arm "felt great."

Viola, whose ailment was diagnosed earlier in the week as bone spurs in the elbow, said he believes he can avoid surgery for now.

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