Yanks join Brewers in McDonald pursuit

January 18, 1996|By Brad Snyder | Brad Snyder,SUN STAFF

A favorable medical report has increased the list of suitors for Ben McDonald, with the New York Yankees joining the Milwaukee Brewers in pursuit of the Orioles' former No. 1 pick.

"We've been talking to Milwaukee for some time," McDonald said from his Louisiana home. "The Yankees have gotten in touch with us the last few days."

Five days ago, McDonald received a favorable medical report on his right shoulder from California orthopedist Lewis Yocum, his agent, Scott Boras, said.

Yesterday, Boras called owner Peter Angelos and sent him Yocum's report "out of courtesy."

"I know the Orioles aren't going to sign Ben," said Boras, whose client turned down Baltimore's $2.8 million offer. "But they've invested a lot of money in him."

The medical news delighted McDonald, who has been rehabilitating his shoulder during the off-season for four hours a day.

Despite the long odds, McDonald hasn't ruled out the possibility of returning to the Orioles.

"I couldn't say I've totally given up hope," McDonald said. "I figure if Baltimore's interested that they would call. I've come to understand it's a business -- that's what baseball is."

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