Woman's reticence delayed Mets case fHC

March 17, 1992

The woman who is accusing three New York Mets of raping her in the house where Dwight Gooden spent last spring called police within a week of the incident but refused for months to sign a statement, according to a published report.

Newsday, quoting sources close to the investigation, reported Sunday that when the woman finally decided to press charges -- following months of conversations with Port St. Lucie, Fla., police -- she signed a statement that ran more than 10 pages. The paper also said the woman produced for police a semen-stained dress she said she wore on the night of the alleged attack.

The players were identified in Saturday's editions of the Miami Herald as Gooden, Vince Coleman and Daryl Boston. St. Lucie police said Friday that the incident is alleged to have taken place at a house that was rented to Gooden last spring for six weeks.

* PIRATES: Barry Bonds returned to action, but the Pittsburgh Pirates' injury situation worsened.

After missing nine games with a strained left hamstring, Bonds started in left field in the Pirates' 2-1 loss to a Cincinnati Reds split squad. He was 0-for-4 and came out after the seventh.

"It's still sore," Bonds said. "I'm not 100 percent."

Catcher Don Slaught, injured during Sunday's 4-2 loss to the Detroit Tigers, will miss at least five days with a muscle strain in his right rib cage.

Left-hander Rosario Rodriguez has bursitis in his left shoulder and will miss 10 days. He was slowed at the beginning of camp by a broken jaw sustained in February while pitching in the Mexican League.

* EXPOS: Tim Wallach is unhappy about his move from third base to first base and has requested a trade. He also asked a Rawlings representative for a new first baseman's glove.

Wallach, who has been at third base since 1982, was told this past weekend he would be at first in 1992.

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