DUNEDIN, Fla. -- The Chicago White Sox have asked waivers on outfielder Bo Jackson in what appears to be a technical move to deal with his roster and contract status.
If Jackson clears waivers, the White Sox would be able to re-sign him to a new deal without exercising their $910,000 option. If Chicago had waited until March 15, the deadline for exercising the option, and then tried to get Jackson off the roster by placing him on unconditional release waivers, it would not have been able to re-sign him until May 1.
The danger in the move, made Friday, is that another team could claim Jackson by Wednesday's 2 p.m. EST deadline. However, a claim appears unlikely because of Jackson's hip injury and contract status; any team claiming the outfielder would have only until March 15 to decide whether to exercise the option.
Chicago general manager Ron Schueler would not confirm the move, but executives on other teams said Jackson had gone on waivers.
"The White Sox want to preserve all options, as we continue to talk aimed at arriving at what's best for Bo and the club," said Jackson's new agent, Arn Tellem.
Jackson did not accompany the team to yesterday's s exhibition game against the Toronto Blue Jays, and instead took batting practice at Chicago's training camp in Sarasota, Fla. Jackson, used as a designated hitter, had difficulty running this week in his first two exhibition appearances and probably will not be ready to play on Opening Day.
* TIGERS: Alan Trammell, whose career has been punctuated with injuries the past few years, has become the Detroit Tigers' first major casualty of the spring.
Trammell woke up with a stiff back Friday. When it felt no better yesterday, he was scratched from the Tigers lineup.
"Right now, I can't do anything," Trammell said yesterday after the Tigers 9-7 loss to the Boston Red Sox at Winter Haven, Fla. "Needless to say, I'm not happy about it, but I guess if it had to happen, it's better that it happens now."
* DODGERS: All-Star second baseman Juan Samuel told both manager Tommy Lasorda and general manager Fred Claire yesterday that he didn't want to be traded, the two team officials said.
A day earlier, Samuel indicated otherwise in an interview with The Associated Press.
Samuel, 31, didn't make the trip to nearby Port St. Lucie for the game and was unavailable for comment.
Samuel hit .271 with 12 homers, 58 RBI and 23 stolen bases in 1991, and was selected to play in his third All-Star game, his first since 1987.
In other Dodgers, news:
Although Darryl Strawberry was out of sight when Los Angeles played the New York Mets, he wasn't out of mind.
Before the game, Mets catcher Charlie O'Brien blasted Strawberry with a profanity, followed that up by saying, "You can quote me on that," and later, more calmly, criticized the judgment of his former teammate.
"It's just a distraction we don't need," O'Brien said of comments in Strawberry's new book. "I've got nothing against Darryl. [But] you've got to be smarter than that. Sometimes, it comes back to haunt you."
Strawberry, who decided Friday not to play in yesterday's game, wrote he wouldn't be surprised if Dwight Gooden had used cocaine during the 1986 postseason. Gooden, who underwent treatment for a drug problem in April 1987, has denied using cocaine during the 1986 postseason.
* MARINERS: Rep. Norm Dicks, a Washington Democrat, says major-league owners and a Japanese-led group that wants to buy the team are close to completing the deal.
Dicks said a major-league official told him after last week's owners meeting in Chicago that the focus of discussions has shifted from the sticky question of the size of Japanese investment to safeguards that would ensure local control of the team.
* PHILLIES: Injuries have sidelined Jose DeJesus and Ken Howell, two pitchers who had been expected to start.
DeJesus, expected to be one of the team's top three starters, has a sore right shoulder. Starting yesterday, DeJesus "will be shut down for a week," according to Dr. Phillip J. Marone, team physician. Howell missed last season because of surgery to remove a bone spur in his right shoulder.
JTC * ATHLETICS: Dave Stewart, hoping to rebound from a poor 1991 season, was happy with his progress despite being hit hard in his spring-training debut yesterday.
The right-hander, who underwent arthroscopic surgery Dec. 16 to correct a knee injury, gave up four runs and five hits against the Mariners. Three of the hits were doubles, as the Mariners scored one in the first inning and three in the third.