Boston Red Sox first baseman Carlos Quintana, whose four-wheel drive vehicle crashed into the side of a bridge Sunday, underwent five hours of surgery yesterday on his left arm at Hospital de Clinicas in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday.
Attending physician Javier Crespo called the surgery successful and estimated that Quintana could start rehabilitation in a month, but he did not specify when Quintana could start playing again.
Quintana was rushing two of his brothers to a hospital for treatment of gunshot wounds. There are conflicting reports as to whether the car was rear-ended by a bus or Quintana lost control and sideswiped another car.
Quintana's brothers reportedly were wounded during what is known in Venezuela as a carnival, a large party among acquaintances. The shootings occurred in Monperal, approximately 120 miles east of Caracas.
Roberto and Amando Quintana were shot in the hand and foot, respectively. According to family members, Quintana was asleep when his brothers phoned his home to ask for assistance.
The Red Sox are now in position to give Mo Vaughn the starting job at first base. "I like it," said manager Butch Hobson about the idea.
Meanwhile, Roger Clemens, a three-time Cy Young Award winner, is a training camp no-show. He did not call, but his agent, Alan Hendricks, called late in the day.
"The agent said he's working out and in great shape and will be here soon," general manager Lou Gorman said.
But Hobson also hinted that Jack Clark, who complained at one time last year about being only a designated hitter, will get a chance to play first in spring training.
* Continuing to forge stunning new economic ground, major-league baseball clubs will pay more than 40 percent of their players $1 million or more this year. Barring trades, the New York Yankees will have the greatest number of those players, 16.
With the salary-arbitration season completed and only lower-paid players left to be signed, 273 players are set to earn $1 million or more in 1992, a 21 percent increase from the 226 who were in that position at the close of salary arbitration a year ago.
Based on a total of 650 players on the 26 Opening Day rosters (although a few of the millionaires will open on the disabled list), 42 percentwill earn $1 million or more.
* YANKEES: Daniel R. McCarthy reversed course and had his lawyer tell Fay Vincent that he would meet with the commissioner next week to discuss his nomination as managing general partner.
McCarthy, a Cleveland-area tax lawyer proposed to succeed Robert Nederlander, refused to meet with Vincent on Friday. The commissioner then gave McCarthy until the close of business yesterday to reverse course and threatened to reject the nomination unless McCarthy changed his mind.
Meanwhile, the shake-up in the Yankees' front office continued as Joseph Molloy, the 30-year-old son-in-law of principal owner George Steinbrenner, was given the additional title of chief administrative officer. Molloy, a possible future managing general partner, already is a team vice president.
* TWINS: Minnesota is wearing new T-shirts this spring, but the message on them is only somewhat original.
"Work Harder, Play Harder" say the shirts, which awaited each player of the defending champions.
A year ago, the team's T-shirt slogan was "Work Hard, Play Hard."
* ASTROS: Owner John McMullen, stung by criticism from major-league officials and players, wishes he would have blocked the Republican Party from holding its convention this summer at the Astrodome.
"Looking back, I wish I had told them to go to hell," McMullen said. "Why not? All the agony I was put through -- the adverse criticism, I got arbitrated [by baseball's players association], I got criticized by everybody in the league, and it was all instigated by the press in Houston."
McMullen bowed to requests from local officials that the Astrodome be available for the Aug. 17-20 Republican convention. But the party's request that the dome be available three weeks in advance of that means the Astros will be on a record 28-day, 26-game road trip.
* PHILLIES: Manager Jim Fregosi again benched Darren Daulton during practice, saying he wanted to save the catcher for the coming season.
"I just don't want Darren to do a lot of catching down here," Fregosi said. "I'm more interested in him catching 140 games during the season."