Cone is frozen out of his start

March 11, 1998|By NEWSDAY

TAMPA, Fla. -- David Cone was no match for El Nino last night as a freakish cold spell forced him to miss another spring-training start. With fans at Legends Field wrapped in blankets, the New York Yankees thought it best to keep Cone insulated from a stiff wind and temperatures in the mid-40s.

"I don't know that taking a chance right now does us any good," Cone said. "It's better to play it safe."

Cone missed his first scheduled start last week because of tendinitis in his right ankle, but returned the next day for his spring debut.

"There's no debate," said Cone, who will make the trip to Lakeland today for a start against the Detroit Tigers. "When you walk in and the manager and owner are there, there's not much sense to argue."

Torre took the pressure off Cone early in camp when the manager said he didn't expect Cone to return until late April or May, but his rapid progress after shoulder surgery put him on track to be ready by Opening Day.

Pub Date: 3/11/98

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