Nasty As Ever
When Cincinnati reliever Rob Dibble finally accepted his three-game suspension last Thursday for his part in a brawl with the Astros on April 11. his timing may have struck some as a bit odd. The Reds had just lost nine straight games and were entering a three-game series against the Pirates, who had swept Cincinnati in four games the previous week.
Actually, the timing made sense. Manager Lou Piniella said he needed Dibble more for games against the Reds' division rivals, especially the Dodgers, who play Cincinnati 11 more times this season. Also, the Reds were playing so poorly at the time, and their starting pitching was so banged up that there was a real possibility they would get behind early. What good would Dibble be in a blowout?
Dibble's replacement, Randy Myers, didn't fare too well. As he left the field in the ninth inning after walking three in 1? innings of the Reds' 3-2 win last Saturday, Myers made a caustic comment to Piniella. The manager shot back a few choice words, which didn't help their already strained relationship. Sniping at the manager on the mound—especially when the manager in, question is Piniella—isn't wise, and it will surely hasten Myers's exit from Cincinnati.
Oriole first baseman Glenn Davis, out since April 25 with nerve damage in his neck, might be able to start a rehabilitation assignment in the next two weeks. On July 15, Davis was told by doctors that no permanent damage would come from the injury. "When I was told that there would be no paralysis, well, now you know why I'm the happiest man in baseball," Davis says. "When you are confronted with not playing the game again, that's very difficult for a player to face." ...The Red Sox continue to be a disappointment, and manager Joe Morgan and general manager Lou Gorman have been at odds, especially over outfielder- first baseman Mike Marshall. Gorman wanted to play him, Morgan didn't. Marshall was released last Saturday.