Carl Barger resigned yesterday as Pittsburgh Pirates president to take the same position with the expansion Florida Marlins. Under an unusual arrangement, however, Barger will virtually run both teams indefinitely.
Baseball's conflict-of-interest rules bar a major-league club employee from working for another team, but Barger will begin staffing the Marlins' front office while running the Pirates until his successor is chosen.
Barger, a longtime friend of Marlins owner H. Wayne Huizenga's, could remain in Pittsburgh until the end of the season even while selecting key executives -- possibly including a general manager and manager -- for Florida.
"Sure, you can create some sort of spectrum of conflict, but if you do, you don't know me," Barger said. "I'll be happy to pass any oversight test anyone wants to give me. . . . I'll devote 120 percent of my energies to the Pirates as long as I'm here. I bleed black and gold."
* BREWERS: Doctors have determined that center fielder Robin Yount's recent health problem resulted from a passed kidney stone, a team spokesman said.
Dr. Sanford Mallin, an internist, performed tests on Yount at Sinai Samaritan Medical Center, where the outfielder was due to remain until tomorrow, Brewers spokesman John Greenburg said.
L Greenburg said Yount might return to the lineup by Thursday.
* METS: First baseman Dave Magadan is suffering from a small cartilage tear in his right shoulder and will require off-season arthroscopic surgery.
Magadan says he feels the pain only when he swings and misses, checks his swing or takes an awkward swing.
* PHILLIES: General manager Lee Thomas denied an ESPN report that the club is about to send first baseman Ricky Jordan and minor-league shortstop Kim Batiste to the Royals for third baseman Kevin Seitzer and a minor-leaguer to be named.
The Phillies apparently have relegated Jordan to a backup role at first base for John Kruk, their only representative at the All-Star Game. Jordan is hitting .274, with seven homers and 33 RBI.
bTC Manager Jim Fregosi reportedly is considering moving third baseman Charlie Hayes to shortstop in place of veteran Dickie Thon and give Dave Hollins a full shot at third.
Hayes played the final four innings Sunday at shortstop and handled three chances cleanly.
* CUBS: The Chicago Tribune is reporting that the club is trying to acquire reliever Jim Clancy from the Astros for outfielder Jerome Walton, but that Houston wants catcher Damon Berryhill, who has asked the Cubs to trade him.
* GIANTS: Outfielder Willie McGee, who has missed the past six games with a muscle pull in his right rib cage, is expected back Thursday.