Fehr: Strike unlikely in '93 SPRING TRAINING

Orioles notebook

March 28, 1993|By Jim Henneman | Jim Henneman,Staff Writer

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Don Fehr, executive director of th Major League Baseball Players Association, held his annual spring meeting with the Orioles yesterday.

The two-hour discussion was mainly to "bring them up to date on negotiations," Fehr said. In a brief discussion with reporters later, Fehr all but ruled out the possibility of the players striking before the end of the year.

"It wouldn't be an option if they [the owners] hadn't reopened negotiations," said Fehr. "It isn't something you'd throw away, but I think it would be very unlikely to happen."

The owners used their option to reopen negotiations on the current basic agreement last winter, giving either side the option of creating a work stoppage. It was something of a surprise when spring training camps opened as scheduled, and the players do not seem inclined to disrupt anything at this point.

Gomez connects

Leo Gomez, who was hitting .133 going into the game, hit his first home run of the spring yesterday in the Orioles' 4-1 win over the Cardinals.

The two-run homer, which was aided by a breeze to left field, came off left-hander Donovan Osborne and broke a scoreless tie in the fifth inning. Glenn Davis and Jeff Tackett singled in two more runs off Mark Clark in the sixth inning.

The lone St. Louis run came off Mark Williamson in the sixth on a double by Geronimo Pena, a bloop single by Ozzie Smith and a sacrifice fly by Gregg Jefferies.

Fernando struggles, escapes

Fernando Valenzuela had his least effective outing, allowing four hits in two innings, but still didn't give up a run. "His location wasn't as good as it's been," said Orioles manager Johnny Oates. "But he made pitches when he had to make them, and he didn't give up any runs."

Valenzuela was challenged in the eighth inning, when the Cardinals put two men on base with nobody out. But Smith, Jefferies and Ray Lankford went out routinely to end the inning.

Oates said before the game that yesterday's outing was relatively meaningless in his assessment of Valenzuela. He wanted to see how the veteran reacted while pitching on only two days of rest because, "I might have to use him like that early in the year.

Flanagan visits doctor

Left-hander Mike Flanagan met with team orthopedic specialist Dr. Charles Silberstein yesterday.

"I just want to see if we can figure out why it [shoulder tenderness] has been so long and what we can do about it," said Flanagan. "Then we'll see which course of action to take."

Flanagan is in camp as a non-roster invitee, but has been able to pitch only one inning this spring. His chance to make the Opening Day roster vanished some time ago, and he is now pondering his next move.

Initially Flanagan said he didn't think a rehabilitation period in the minor leagues would serve a useful purpose, but he seems to have altered that thinking somewhat.

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