19-year veteran Dave Parker is put on waivers by Angels

September 08, 1991

Dave Parker, unable to find his stroke at age 40, was put on the waivers yesterday by the California Angels, a day after the team made Whitey Herzog its director of player personnel.

The Angels got Parker in March from the Milwaukee Brewers in a trade for outfielder Dante Bichette and pitcher Brandy Vann. Parker spent last season with the Brewers, batting .289 with 21 home runs and 92 RBI.

But Parker, a seven-time All-Star, was batting .232 with 11 home runs and 56 RBI in 119 games this season. He got the 2,700th base hit of his 19-year career Sept. 3 against the Boston Red Sox with an RBI double, and it was the last game he played.

Parker drew a salary of $1.4 million this year, along with $80,000 more for getting 440 plate appearances. The team also paid him a $225,000 buyout.

* METS: Dwight Gooden underwent nearly an hour of arthroscopic surgery to repair a partial tear of the rotator cuff and a tear of cartilage in his right shoulder.

General manager Frank Cashen said the discovery of trouble with the rotator cuff came as a shock. He said that it was impossible to predict Gooden's future with certainty but that the Mets had been told by its doctors that the right-hander stood a solid chance of being ready to pitch by the start of next season.

* Former Detroit Tiger Chet Lemon, 36, checked out of a Florida hospital, almost four weeks after he was admitted to battle a potentially deadly blood clot in his stomach.

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