Cone says his status 'tenuous' for Game 4 Shoulder injury flares

Gooden might get start

AL notebook

October 03, 1997|By Jerry Bembry | Jerry Bembry,SUN STAFF

NEW YORK -- New York Yankees starter David Cone, scheduled to start Game 4 against the Indians in Cleveland on Sunday, experienced discomfort in his right shoulder during a workout yesterday and was taken for a magnetic resonance imaging test.

The test revealed no rotator-cuff damage, but there was some inflammation, the right-hander said.

"Things did not go well today," said Cone, who missed more than a month down the stretch because of tendinitis. "I was to the point where I thought I had it under control. Today was a setback.

"Right now I'm day-to-day. I'm not conceding. But I would say it's very tenuous."

Cone had thrown for about 10 minutes in the bullpen yesterday when he felt the discomfort.

He was not sharp while lasting 3 1/3 innings in the Yankees' Game 1 win Tuesday night, but earlier yesterday manager Joe Torre said he wouldn't hesitate to start him in Game 4 of the AL Division Series -- unless there was a physical problem.

"Unless something happens between now and then, he's ready to go," Torre said. "If there's any hesitation or question about his physical well-being, then he won't pitch."

In such a scenario, Torre said he would go with Dwight Gooden in Game 4. Gooden won all three of his starts against Cleveland this season, allowing five earned runs in 20 innings.

Irabu shuns fall ball

Gooden made the postseason roster with a 9-5 record this season, costing disappointing right-hander Hideki Irabu a spot.

The Yankees would like Irabu, who was 5-4 with a 7.09 ERA, to go to Arizona to play in the fall league. But Irabu, thinking he would not benefit from playing against collegians and minor-leaguers, has declined the assignment and instead will report to the team's minicamp in Tampa, Fla.

Pettitte's pickoff move

Andy Pettitte, last night's Yankees starter, led the American League with 14 pickoffs this season -- calling into question his move to first base.

"I don't know how close it is to a balk," Cleveland manager Mike Hargrove said. "It looks pretty close to me."

Pettitte, who picked off Marquis Grissom in the third inning last night, is surprised at the illegal claims, saying he simply catches runners off-balance.

"I'm still surprised, especially when I get guys who aren't going anywhere," Pettitte said. "If you're not going anywhere, stay put."

Hayes in, Boggs out

Torre made one lineup change, inserting Charlie Hayes at third base in place of Wade Boggs. Hayes went 1-for-3, and Boggs lined out as a pinch hitter in the eighth.

"I told all our players it would be a day-to-day situation [on the starting lineup]," Torre said. "With Boggs and Hayes, they both deserve to play and they both showed me in recent days they're swinging the bat fine. I just wanted to get Charlie a day."

Pub Date: 10/03/97

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