Looking for 'Mo' punch, Red Sox recall much-awaited Vaughn

June 28, 1991|By The Hartford Courant

BOSTON -- By mid-afternoon, he occupied Dana Kiecker's old locker and looked right at home in the Boston Red Sox clubhouse. So natural, it was easy to forget Mo Vaughn hadn't had a major-league at-bat.

Now he will get his chance. The Red Sox finally made the move yesterday they have been talking about for two weeks. They promoted Vaughn to the majors and -- in a surprise development -- manager Joe Morgan established a platoon system between Vaughn and Carlos Quintana at first base. Vaughn, 23, will play against righthanders and Quintana will play against lefties.

When asked if he was upset about the move, Quintana, who is hitting .295 with five homers and 29 RBIs, said, "a little." He has requested to talk to general manager Lou Gorman when the team arrives in Baltimore today for a three-game series. Anticipation of Vaughn's promotion reached a fever pitch lately, as the Red Sox offense has continued to misfire and Vaughn has been cranking out significant numbers at Pawtucket -- .278 average, 14 homers, 50 RBIs.

In another surprise, the Red Sox made room for Vaughn by sending down outfielder Phil Plantier, who had been recalled June 6. Plantier (.235, three RBIs in 17 at-bats) was upset by the decision and did not speak with reporters.

Morgan had said Wednesday night he wasn't sure who would go down when Vaughn came up, but didn't think it would be Plantier. The Red Sox discussed sending down infielder Mike Brumley or outfielder Kevin Romine, but settled on Plantier.

Vaughn, a Norwalk, Conn., native, was in the lineup last night, playing first and batting sixth against the Yankees. He went 0-for-2 and walked in his first at-bat.

"I've got a job to do. This is my second opportunity," Vaughn said before the game, referring to his disappointing performance (.265, one homer) in spring training. "I'm going to try to capitalize on this one."

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