Rangers' Chiamparino hurt in prank American League notes

April 03, 1992

Texas Rangers pitcher Scott Chiamparino required five stitches to close a wound on his chin after a scuffle with catcher Geno Petralli that was triggered by an April Fools' Day joke instigated by manager Bobby Valentine and pitcher Nolan Ryan in Port Charlotte, Fla.

It all started when Ryan and Valentine attempted to convince Chiamparino that he had wear a tuxedo and make a speech in bTC nearby Punta Gorda. Chiamparino caught on to the gag and told Valentine and Ryan that their prank had not worked.

Witnesses said that Chiamparino believed Petralli was involved in the prank and confronted him before a workout. They were involved in a shoving match on the field and then took their disagreement into the clubhouse where they began hitting each other.

Valentine called a team meeting about the incident and met privately with Chiamparino and Petralli.

"I took care of it," Valentine said. "I think it's over, so we'll let it be over."

Petralli denied involvement in the prank.

"I talked to Bobby and Nolan about it, and they didn't hit me," said Chiamparino who is expected to miss most of the season after elbow surgery.

"You never know how somebody is going to react to these things, and that's the danger," Ryan said. "You do it all in good fun, but sometimes people take it the wrong way."

* ATHLETICS: Jose Canseco, arrested two months ago after allegedly ramming his Porsche into his wife's BMW, has agreed to seek counseling.

Canseco, faced with an aggravated assault charge, consented to 26 one-hour sessions with a psychologist, psychiatrist or psychotherapist.

If Canseco completes the once-a-week sessions, the charge would be dropped in November. It is uncertain whether his wife, Esther, will participate.

The bill for therapy will go to Canseco, who has a five-year, $23.5 million contract.

* INDIANS: When Cleveland opens the season Monday at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, some Indians will be in the bullpen. But who? Manager Mike Hargrove is still trying to find out.

When the pitchers arrived in camp in late February, the two givens as relievers were Steve Olin and Shawn Hillegas. But Hillegas was released Tuesday and Olin has been spotty.

"I think what you're going to see in the bullpen is a lot of maneuvering," said general manager John Hart, who signed Ted Power, 37, to a Triple-A contract Wednesday and said he is attempting to add another reliever by Monday.

* YANKEES: The club has resumed trade talks with the White Sox, who apparently have renewed interest in trading for right fielder Jesse Barfield now that they have dealt right fielder Sammy Sosa to the Cubs for designated hitter George Bell.

Yankees managing general partner nominee Joe Molloy characterized the clubs' chances for a deal as "70-30."

Meanwhile, Mel Hall was named the season-opening designated hitter, and Kevin Maas, an unsatisfied part-time player, said he will discuss his role with manager Buck Showalter.

* INDIANS: When Cleveland opens the season Monday at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, some Indians will be in the bullpen. But who? Manager Mike Hargrove is still trying to find out.

When the pitchers arrived in camp in late February, the two givens as relievers were Steve Olin and Shawn Hillegas. But Hillegas was released Tuesday and Olin has been spotty.

"I think what you're going to see in the bullpen is a lot of maneuvering," general manager John Hart said.

Hart signed Ted Power, 37, to a Triple-A contract Wednesday. Hart said Power will pitch perhaps twice in the final few exhibition games so the Indians can make a decision on whether to add him to the roster.

Last year with Cincinnati, Power appeared in more games (68) than any other Reds pitcher. He was 6-3 with a 3.55 ERA and five saves. He was released by the Reds this spring.

Hart said he is attempting to add another reliever by Monday, but that it would likely come through a waiver claim, not through a trade of shortstop Felix Fermin, who is in a battle with Mark Lewis for the starting shortstop job.

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