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Peter Gammons
April 21, 1986
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April 21, 1986


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Advised that DR. FRANK JOBE was performing the surgery on Pedro Guerrero, TIM McCARVER cracked, "Now he's one of the patients of Jobe."


The early doubters of Texas rookie slugger PETER INCAVIGLIA have been disappointed. "I expected that I would watch him and say he isn't ready, but he's the real thing," says White Sox scout ELLIS CLARY. TONY KUBEK bet one Toronto official $50 that Incaviglia will lead the league in homers. "I haven't seen batting practice like that since MICKEY MANTLE ," marveled Kubek. When Ranger G.M. TOM GRIEVE was told that someone compared Incaviglia with STEVE BALBONI , Grieve said, "Balboni has never taken a swing as good as Incaviglia's in his life." Watching Incaviglia with particular interest was Pirate scout HOWIE HAAK, who signed Tom Incaviglia Sr. for the Dodgers and Tom Jr. for the Pirates....

Carl Yastrzemski spent 23 years with the same club, but his son Mike is with his second organization in his third year as a pro. Signed by the Braves, the young Yaz is now with the White Sox Double A franchise in Birmingham. In an exhibition with the parent club on April 6, he homered off bullpen ace BOB JAMES ....

One of the biggest surprises of the spring was Phillies shortstop STEVE JELTZ, who was given the position when TOM FOLEY got hurt. Jeltz was the Opening Day shortstop last spring but flopped and ended up in Portland. In order to become a switch-hitter, he learned to bat lefthanded in the off-season, and in the opener he had two hits lefthanded off MARIO SOTO ....

Don't be surprised if the Mets deal LENNY DYKSTRA to San Diego and put STANLEY JEFFERSON in centerfield before mid-season....

Though MATT KEOUGH may have appeared in only four games for the Cardinals last year, St. Louis, displaying admirable class, presented the current Cub pitcher with a World Series ring before the season opener in Busch Stadium....

The Mariners ran into yet another stretch of bad luck when their three best righthanded relievers—EDWIN NUNEZ, KARL BEST and ROY THOMAS—went on the disabled list to open the season. But with speed in the outfield to cover the gaps, and half a dozen regulars capable of hitting 20 homers, the Mariners apparently have come up with a team geared to the Kingdome, which has a small field....

First baseman ALVIN DAVIS discovered that, because of a broken nose suffered in the field in 1984, the sight in his right eye had deteriorated from what was once 20-10. He now wears glasses, which have earned him the nickname BOB WATSON JR.


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