The New York Mets placed center fielder Vince Coleman, the major-league leader in stolen bases with 33, on the 15-day disabled list yesterday, retroactive to Saturday, because of a strained left hamstring.
Coleman injured his leg Friday night while running out a grounder in the seventh inning against the Houston Astros. Manager Bud Harrelson said Coleman had pulled muscles in his left leg before and that the Mets wanted to be cautious and allow him to recuperate slowly.
The Mets will platoon Daryl Boston and Mark Carreon in center.
* RED SOX: A gun permit held by Boston Red Sox pitcher Roger Clemens was seized by Framingham, Mass., police, who cited concerns about his arrest in Texas earlier this year for allegedly assaulting a police officer.
During the baseball season, Clemens lives in Framingham, a suburb west of Boston. His wife, Debbie, also holds a permit to carry a handgun.
Police said Clemens failed to respond to two certified letters ordering him to explain why he should be allowed to keep his gun permit while facing the criminal charges.
Debbie Clemens told authorities it was her fault the star pitcher had not answered the letters.
* ROSE: Pete Rose's supervisors at Cincinnati Public Schools, where he performed his court-ordered community service work, said in a letter to baseball commissioner Fay Vincent that Rose was a model worker.
For five months, school officials say, Rose hustled to work each day ahead of teachers, students and sometimes principals. He --ed to answer telephones and had coffee brewing when staff members arrived.
Rose was ordered by a judge to perform 1,000 of community service as part of his sentence for cheating on income taxes.