Valenzuela blood flow abnormal

The California Angels placed Fernando Valenzuela on the 15-day disabled list yesterday after a treadmill test revealed abnormal blood flow in the region of his heart.

The exam, a follow-up of his initial physical when he signed with the club last week, showed an abnormal cardiogram, team spokesman Tim Mead said.


Valenzuela's agent, Tony De Marco, downplayed the report, saying, "Fernando . . . feels very normal. He's going to play golf [today]."

Valenzuela is 0-2 with a 12.25 ERA.


* REDS: Eric Davis will be out for seven to 10 days with a hip flexor strain. Davis was hurt Tuesday while running out a ground ball.

* FRANCHISE MOVES: Commissioner Fay Vincent formed a committee yesterday to study the conditions under which major-league teams would be able to switch cities.

Vincent, who has opposed franchise moves, asked Minnesota Twins owner Carl Pohlad to join a small group that will examine whether the policy should be changed.

Vincent said two other owners will join the committee and that he hopes it will come up with conclusions within 60 days.

With the National League expansion race over, the losing cities are seeking to entice franchises to move. The Seattle Mariners, Houston Astros and Cleveland Indians have figured in the speculation.

Meanwhile, at least three NL club owners -- the Pittsburgh Pirates' Douglas Danforth, Philadelphia Phillies' Bill Giles and San Francisco Giants' Bob Lurie -- say they will not support any potential move by John McMullen to sell his Astros to out-of-town buyers who could move the team to another city.

McMullen wants to test the interest of cities that failed to earn expansion teams. He has contacted groups in Washington and Orlando, Fla.

* NEW FRANCHISES: Rick White, president of Major League Baseball Properties, said names and nicknames for the teams have been chosen, as well as the primary logos for both clubs and the cap design for one. He said the selections will be made public after the final vote.


Speculation has centered on Florida Marlins for the Miami club and Colorado Rockies for the Denver team.