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Lasorda's son, 33, dies of pneumonia


The 33-year-old son of Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda died yesterday of pneumonia.

Thomas C. Lasorda Jr. died at his Santa Monica, Calif., home, said Lee Solters, spokesman for the family. His father, mother and sister were at his side when he died, said Solters.

The younger Lasorda was born in Greenville, S.C., and became an artist. He had been ill for about five weeks and was hospitalized briefly at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Dr. Allen Metzger, who had been treating Lasorda, said he died of pneumonia and severe dehydration. "There is no other cause that I can report," Metzger said.

Lasorda leaves his father, mother, Jo, and sister, Laura.

* ANGELS: The club is expected to announce today that it will promote pitcher Fernando Valenzuela to its major-league roster. He might make his Angels debut Saturday night at Anaheim Stadium against the Tigers.

* ATHLETICS: Catcher Terry Steinbach was discharged from the hospital yesterday, two days after being beaned by White Sox pitcher Bobby Thigpen. "I don't think I could go and run a marathon or anything. But I feel a lot better," Steinbach said. "There's nothing broken or anything around the skull or internally. It's just a matter of giving it some time off and recovering."

* EXPANSION: Commissioner Fay Vincent said he thought owners would accept the recommendation of the National League expansion committee and that he will decide later this week on the American League's request for part of the $190 million in expansion money.

Baseball officials, meanwhile, discounted a report in yesterday's editions of the Rocky Mountain News that said the AL would ask for a delay in the expansion vote, scheduled for June 12 at Santa Monica, Calif.

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