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.