Marshall to return to Red Sox

March 29, 1991

First baseman-outfielder Mike Marshall remained absent from training camp yesterday but said he would be back in camp today.

Marshall confirmed that he had talked with manager Joe Morgan and general manager Lou Gorman Wednesday about the possibility of walking out because of his frustration as a bench player. But he says the reason he left the park without permission Wednesday was family business.

Specifically, Marshall had to attend to his wife, Mary. Winter Haven, Fla., police charged her with "removing a police barrier" Wednesday afternoon at Chain O'Lakes Park. Police said she moved a police sawhorse so she could drive to the clubhouse.

The Boston Globe says the Seattle Mariners have expressed interest in acquiring Marshall.

* UMPIRES: Steve Palermo and Bruce Froemming were voted the best umpires in the American and National leagues, respectively, in a poll of managers, general managers and scouts done by The Sporting News.

The worst umpires were the AL's Dale Ford and NL's Charlie Williams. The AL umpire with the lowest boiling point was John Shulock; his NL counterpart was Joe West.

* PIRATES: Bobby Bonilla's agent, Dennis Gilbert, said that the club's last contract offer to the outfielder violated the collective-bargaining agreement by giving Bonilla the right to become a free agent after the 1992 season if he allowed the team to match the highest offer he received from other clubs.

* ANGELS: The club is reported close to making a deal with Tempe, Ariz., which would give the Angels two Phoenix-area training bases -- and move their spring home games to Tempe by 1993. The Angels would use their current training site in Mesa, Ariz., as a minor-league complex.

* REDS: The condition of owner Marge Schott, hospitalized since March 15 when she complained of exhaustion and flu-like symptoms, has been upgraded to good.

* GIANTS: Pitcher Scott Garrelts left the game after the first inning with a sore right shoulder.

* INDIANS: Greg Swindell, 1-0 with a 1.80 ERA in three exhibition games, will be the Opening Day pitcher.

* BLUE JAYS: Pitcher Denis Boucher left the game after being hit by a line drive. X-rays were negative.

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