New York Mets pitcher Dwight Gooden probably won't make his next scheduled start Tuesday in Houston because of weakness and pain in his right shoulder, and there is a chance he may miss more than one start.
Mets vice president Al Harazin said yesterday that the club intends to be cautious with so valuable a property and there was "not a good chance" of Gooden starting Tuesday night.
Gooden was removed after five innings of shutout pitching against the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday night because of tightness in the back of his shoulder. He threw without incident before Friday night's game but did no more than warm up before yesterday's game.
One player said the club is considering holding Gooden out of games for as long as two weeks. There would be no need to assign him to the disabled list because the roster limit increases to 40 on Sept. 1. Gooden's second missed start would fall after that date and an additional pitcher already would be on the roster.
* RED SOX: Teammates Mike Greenwell and Mo Vaughn engaged in a brief fight by the batting cage before last night's game in Anaheim, Calif. Greenwell and Vaughn surprised bystanders when their mutual, good-natured taunting erupted into a flurry of punches about an hour before the start of the game. Jack Clark stepped between the two and forcibly pushed Vaughn out of Greenwell's reach.