Spring Training

AMERICAN LEAGUE

February 21, 1993

Brewers: Dave Nilsson, expected to be the No. 1 catcher, ma miss up to four weeks of training because of a wrist injury and might be unavailable for the start of the regular season.

Minor-league catcher Bobby Hughes, a second-round draft choice in 1992, is out with a hip injury. Mike Stefanski was summoned from minor-league camp to catch, giving the practice camp a roster of 24 pitchers and four catchers.

Veteran right-hander Bill Wegman, who sprained an ankle recently in a pickup basketball game, was held out of the running drills on Friday. But most of the remaining players reported in good condition.

"It went well. I was pleasantly surprised," strength and conditioning coach Toby Oldham said.

Indians: Left-hander Alan Embree made it to camp but will be unable to pitch for about four weeks because he strained a ligament in his pitching elbow while throwing two weeks ago.

Only one non-roster pitcher, Cliff Young, didn't make yesterday's workout. His car broke down during the drive from Texas.

Mariners: Right-hander Erik Hanson lost his salary arbitration case.

A day after hearing both sides, arbitrator Nicholas Zumas ruled in favor of the Mariners' offer of $1.25 million, a cut from Hanson's $1,345,000 salary last year.

Hanson had sought $2.3 million. He entered last season with a four-year record of 37-25, the best by percentage (.597) in club history, but went 8-17 with a 4.82 ERA.

The decision was the only arbitration ruling in favor of a pay cut this year. Jim Gott, David Wells and Joe Magrane are the only players who filed for arbitration and then agreed to lower base salaries.

Rangers: Manager Kevin Kennedy seems intrigued with the idea of Kenny Rogers as a starter. Why? He sees the same thing Bobby Valentine and Tom House did two years ago: Rogers has an excellent changeup to go with his fastball and breaking ball.

As a short man, Rogers doesn't get to use the changeup much. As a starter, he would. The reason the switch didn't work last time was Rogers couldn't make the mental transition.

Red Sox: Carlos Quintana, who missed the 1992 season after getting hurt in a car accident in Venezuela, lost his arbitration case.

Robert Light, who heard arguments Thursday, picked the Red Sox's $340,000 offer -- the same salary Quintana had last year -- instead of the first baseman's request for a raise to $850,000.

Quintana later took part in an informal batting practice session.

"I thought he swung the bat real good," manager Butch Hobson said. "He definitely would be a big addition to our lineup."

Jeff Russell, a veteran reliever signed as a free agent Thursday, may be a day or so late in reporting, Hobson said.

Tigers:

Manager Sparky Anderson says Detroit has improved its pitching.

"This isn't a bad ballclub," Anderson said. "For the first time in a long time, I really think we have a shot at least being competitive in our division."Anderson is basing his outlook on general manager Jerry Walker's signings of free agent pitchers Mike Moore, Bill Krueger and Tom Bolton, the signing of outfielder Kirk Gibson and the return to health of infielder Alan Trammell, who missed most of last season with a broken ankle.

Twins: Pitcher Scott Erickson hasn't reported to camp. He's in California attending a wedding and is expected in by tomorrow.

White Sox: Dave Stieb has another name for the tendinitis that afflicted his elbow and ended his 1992 season with the Blue Jays in August: bullpenitis.

"It's something you get when you go to the bullpen when you're a starter," said Stieb, signed by Chicago as a free agent in December. "It's a different regimen. That sort of tells me it has something to do with it." Stieb threw for 10 minutes Friday, and said he can win the No. 5 spot.

Yankees: Kevin Jordan, a second baseman, was named Australian Baseball League's Most Valuable Player.Jordan, 22, played for the Brisbane Bandits.

Mike Witt, one of the American League's most skillful and durable pitchers from 1984 to 1988, is trying to prove he can still pitch in the big leagues after elbow surgery on July 25, 1991.

"It's a matter of staying healthy," he said in assessing his chances of filling one of two vacancies in the rotation. "I think I've done enough work on my arm to where I'll stay healthy."

Jim Abbott, Melido Perez and Jimmy Key are set as the top three starters. Witt's competition will come from promising youngsters Sam Militello and Bob Wickman, as well as Scott Kamieniecki, a right-hander who performed better than last year's 6-14 record indicates.

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