Strawberry hurts shoulder on fly


Darryl Strawberry hurt his left shoulder when he hit the right-field fence at Dodger Stadium in the seventh inning of last night's game and was taken to a hospital for precautionary X-rays.

The extent of the injury was not known immediately.

The Los Angeles right fielder hit the fence hard with his left shoulder but held onto the ball, a deep fly by the Montreal Expos' Marquis Grissom.

Strawberry remained in the game for the rest of the inning, but was removed in the eighth and taken to Centila Hospital to be examined.

He signed a $20.25 million, five-year deal with the Dodgers in November, but is off to a slow start with a .229 average, two homers and 11 RBI.

* MINORITY HIRING: Henry Aaron, critical of baseball's minority hiring practices, says he was criticizing, not blasting, commissioner Fay Vincent in comments made last month.

"There's a difference," Aaron said.

Baseball's home-run king, now senior vice president of the Atlanta Braves, met with Vincent on Tuesday at the commissioner's request.

Aaron, who has been promoting his new book, "I Had A Hammer," described Vincent as a "big disappointment" in a newspaper interview in Houston.

After the meeting in Vincent's office, the commissioner acknowledged being hurt by Aaron's assertion that he wasn't trying his best.

* EXPANSION: Major-league baseball wants the six National League expansion candidates to have colors, logos, caps and uniforms ready when the two winning cities are announced June 12.

Rick White, president of Major League Baseball Properties, would like the expansion candidates to have merchandise ready to sell the morning after the vote.

Only Orlando (Sunrays) and Washington (Nationals) have announced names. Robert Rich of Buffalo Baseball LP said Buffalo's team would probably be named the Bisons.

* ROYALS: "Let bygones be bygones," Bo Jackson said in his first public appearance in Kansas City, Mo., since he was released by the club.

"You can't gain anything" by criticizing the Royals, he said. "You can't send water upstream."

The Royals released Jackson March 18 because of the hip injury he suffered playing football.

Jackson, who since has been signed by the Chicago White Sox, was critical of the Royals and owner Ewing Kauffman. Linda Jackson later wrote a lengthy letter to the Kansas City Star in which she criticized the paper's columnists for not understanding her husband.

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