Notable NATIONAL LEAGUE

April 17, 1996

Umpires: Richard Rieker, who has been working as an umpire since John McSherry died from a heart attack on Opening Day, was hired as a full-time umpire. Rieker, 34, has spent 296 days in the NL as a vacation replacement during the past three seasons.

Braves: Marquis Grissom had the 300th stolen base of his career in the second inning. . . . The Braves continued to struggle at the turnstiles, drawing only 26,635 to Fulton-County Stadium.

Cardinals: Brian Jordan (Milford Mill), who missed the first 13 games because of a fracture and slight tear of a ligament in his left thumb, started in center field and went 2-for-4.

Dodgers: All 21 of Mike Piazza's hits this season have been singles.

Expos: Left-hander Carlos Perez, placed on the 15-day disabled list April 4 with a sore left shoulder, threw 50-55 pitches in a simulated game.

Marlins: Kevin Brown, who pitched at Georgia Tech, played for the first time in his home state as a major-leaguer.

Mets: Pitcher Bill Pulsipher is scheduled to undergo surgery on a torn ligament on his elbow today in Birmingham, Ala.

Padres: Tony Gwynn, who left Monday's game in the seventh inning with an inflamed right heel, was scratched from the starting lineup because of lingering effects from the same injury. He pinch hit in the eighth and singled to drive in a run.

Phillies: Darren Daulton, whose knee problems threaten to end his career, started a rehab program in Clearwater, Fla. . . . Right-hander Curt Schilling, disabled March 23 after surgery on his pitching shoulder, threw Monday in extended spring training, giving up two runs and three hits in six innings.

Pirates: Only once this season has Pittsburgh's starting pitcher failed to reach the sixth inning. . . . The Pirates last hit two slams in a game in 1982. . . . Rookie catcher Jason Kendall has hit safely in five straight games, but has had some trouble defensively. He has allowed nine straight stolen bases since throwing out Florida's Terry Pendleton on April 2.

Reds: Second baseman Bret Boone, who missed the first 13 games with an elbow injury, was activated. . . . Outfielder Reggie Sanders missed his fifth straight game with a lower-back strain.

Pub Date: 4/17/96

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