Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Julio Machado will not now be allowed to leave Venezuela, as had been expected earlier this week, a Caracas judge in charge of his murder case said yesterday.
Judge Raquel Rimer de Orellana said the conditional freedom the player was granted last week states that Machado should remain in the country because in the United States there is no Venezuelan justice official for Machado to periodically report to.
She said the pitcher should present himself to a judge in Maracaibo, where Machado decided he would live while the conditional freedom is in force.
* RANGERS: Dean Palmer, who hit 22 homers last season in Triple-A, has been penciled in as the starting third baseman.
"We may have been a little unfair to him last year when we put him in left field," general manager Tom Grieve said.
"We needed his bat in the lineup but he just wasn't ready to play the outfield. I think it hurt him when he moved to third base [after Steve Buechele was traded]. Dean was a little shellshocked with the pressure of replacing Buechele."
* TWINS: Mike Pagliarulo, who split time at third base with rookie Scott Leius last year, will undergo surgery Tuesday to repair a perforated eardrum and will miss two more weeks of spring training.
* ATHLETICS: Dave Stewart, who gave up three runs in five innings yesterday, is changing his delivery to keep from telegraphing pitches.
Stewart previously brought his hands above his head to start his delivery. Now, he starts his windup by bringing his hands just up under his chin.
* RED SOX: Scott Cooper, who hit better than .400 in September after his All-Star season at third base with Triple-A Pawtucket, will play some this spring at shortstop. Third baseman Wade Boggs is eligible for free agency after this season.
* TIGERS: The site for a new Tiger Stadium won't be chosen while owner Thomas Monaghan has the club up for sale, senior vice president Bill Haase said.
* INDIANS: First baseman Reggie Jefferson wants the go-ahead from his doctor to rejoin spring workouts. Jefferson sprained the medial collateral ligament in the left elbow before the opening of camp.
* ANGELS: First baseman Lee Stevens, recovered from a sore right wristy, is schelduled for his first spring at-bats today.