Kansas City Royals pitching coach Pat Dobson resigned yesterday, apparently after the team declined to guarantee his job for next year.
Manager Hal McRae, expected to make several postseason changes in the coaching staff he inherited when John Wathan was fired in May, said Dobson sought a guarantee about his job and that he could not give it.
Dobson, a 20-game winner with the Baltimore Orioles in 1971 who had been pitching coach for less than a year, will be replaced by Guy Hansen, coach of Kansas City's Class AAA Omaha team.
* METS: Dwight Gooden expects to be back in top form next season even though his rotator-cuff injury is the one that often puts a pitcher's career in jeopardy.
Gooden spoke to the media two days after Dr. James Parkes repaired torn cartilage and a partially torn rotator cuff in the right-hander's shoulder.
Gooden can begin soft-tossing in eight to 12 weeks and will continue an exercise rehabilitation program throughout the winter. Parkes said Gooden should be ready for the start of spring training in mid-February.
In other Mets news, first baseman Dave Magadan will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his shoulders Friday. A midseason arthro-scan revealed a tear in Magadan's right shoulder, but he decided to try to finish the season with the injury. He also had inflammation in his left shoulder.
The Mets also announced that outfielder Hubie Brooks will undergo surgery Thursday in Los Angeles to repair a herniated disk.
* DODGERS: Tim Belcher pulled a groin muscle in his start last night against Cincinnati and had to leave the game in the second inning. Belcher had problems with the mound in the first inning, as did Reds starter Randy Myers. The mound was replaced after the Cincinnati Bengals football game Sunday night at Riverfront Stadium.
* PHILLIES: Catcher Darren Daulton is finished for the season and tentatively slated for knee surgery this afternoon, the team announced. Dalton left Saturday night's game in Houston when his left knee locked. Doctors later found he had two detached bone pieces in the knee.