Dodgers' Murray confirms rib injury


Dodgers first baseman Eddie Murray summoned reporters last night to clear the air about the reported rib fracture he suffered in May but did not report to Dodgers medical personnel. Murray admitted he "messed up my ribs bad," but did not say why he did not go to the team for treatment.

"We were playing here against Houston [May 28] and I fell on my side [diving for a ball] and didn't land right," Murray said. "Darryl [Strawberry] was out [with a shoulder injury] and I didn't think we could afford to have both of us out, so I kept playing.

"It was really tough to swing in the beginning, but I thought I could adjust to it. Maybe I took it too far, but that's me. I thought it was important for me to go out and play."

Murray was batting .303 when he was injured, then hit a 4-for-31 slump over the next nine games that dropped his average to .278. His average continued to decline to a low of .236 on Aug. 7, but he has been 15-for-49 (.306) since, including 2-for-3 with 2 RBI and a home run last night against San Diego.

* RED SOX: Yesterday's twi-night doubleheader against Cleveland was postponed because of rain and a twi-night doubleheader was scheduled today for today. But the second game will not be played as part of a doubleheadeer tomorrow because of player protests.

If the other game affects the pennant race, the players said, it could be played Oct. 7, the day after the regular season ends.

"Four games in 24 hours is a lot to ask of a pitching staff and an everyday player before you're making a very important West Coast swing," said player rep Matt Young.

* DODGERS: Kevin Gross, suspended in 1987 for pitching with sandpaper in his glove, finally got the glove back from the National League.

"I think they had to go to [Bart] Giamatti's house to get it, and that his wife had to find it. I don't know for sure, but that's what I understand," the Los Angeles reliever said.

* WHITE SOX: Outfielder Tim Raines and his family are moving out of their $1 million home at the exclusive Heathrow community near Orlando, Fla., because of three burglaries, the latest last Friday.

"We don't even feel safe at that house anymore. We're moving out," said Raines' wife, Virginia. "My kids were terrified of going back to the house."

* PADRES: Right fielder Tony Gwynn, the only Padre to play in all 120 games this season, left last night's game against the Dodgers in the fourth inning because of an injury to his right ankle the previous night.

Gwynn, the only Padres player to appear in all 120 games this season, left for a pinch hitter after drawing a walk from Ramon Martinez with the Padres behind 5-0.


Gwynn injured himself rounding second base Monday night.

INDIANS: The team has signed a two-year lease with Homestead, Fla., for a new spring training facility. The Indians will move into the $17 million Homestead Sports Complex in 1993 and will pay $225,000 in rent.

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