The Florida state attorney's office is expected to announce today that it will not press rape charges against three New York Mets, sources said yesterday.
Bruce Colton, the state attorney for St. Lucie County, would not comment on his decision, which he planned to release at 3 p.m. But three sources -- two familiar with the probe, the third a Major League Baseball executive -- said that Colton's office had decided not to pursue sexual battery case against Dwight Gooden, Vince Coleman and Daryl Boston.
While saying he had not been told of any decision, Joseph Ficarrotta, the lawyer for Gooden, said the pitcher planned to make a statement today that he hoped would end the situation. Ficarrotta said the statement would thank "a lot of people and the state attorney for making a courageous decision and the right decision."
Gooden, interviewed before last night's game, said he had not been told what the decision would be. But he said he would be shocked if charges were brought.
* PHILLIES: Outfielder Lenny Dykstra was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured styloid of the left ulnar bone in his wrist, the result of a Greg Maddux fastball on his second pitch of the season.
Team physician Dr. Phillip Marone said he anticipates Dykstra, who has been fitted with a soft, removable cast, will be able to return to the lineup before the end of April.
Meanwhile, the club lost Jose DeJesus, who had been penciled in as the No. 3 starter, for the season with a rotator cuff injury. He was 10-9, 3.42 ERA last season.
* REDS: The club put third baseman Chris Sabo, who hit .301 with 26 homers and 88 RBI last season, on the 15-day disabled list because he couldn't put weight on his sprained right ankle.
Sabo injured it when he slid feetfirst into first base Tuesday night. X-rays found no fracture.
"I touched the bottom of his foot and he jumped," manager Lou Piniella said. "It's going to take a week or so for him to even put weight on it."
* MARINERS: Baseball's ownership committee postponed a recommendation on the Japanese-led offer to buy the club, but indicated it is moving toward approval of the sale.
Fred Kuhlmann of the Cardinals, who chairs the 10-man ownership committee, and John Ellis, who would be chairman of the Mariners if the deal is approved, both said they were optimistic after the three-hour meeting in St. Louis.
The committee asked Ellis for additional information, and Ellis said he would provide the answers within two weeks. Kuhlmann said the committee will then have another meeting to discuss the sale, in which 60 percent of the $125 million investment would come from Hiroshi Yamauchi, president of Nintendo Co. Ltd. of Kyoto.
* RANGERS: Pitcher Nolan Ryan, on the 15-day disabled list because of ailing legs, was examined by an orthopedic specialist, Dr. Lewis Yocum, and told to go home and work out in a swimming pool.
An MRI exam of his legs showed Ryan, 45, has acute tendinitis and an inflamed bursa sac of his right Achilles' tendon. He also has a strained left calf.
* ROYALS: Lisa Boddicker, wife of former Orioles pitcher Mike Boddicker, gave birth to the couple's fourth child. The boy was named James Harold Boddicker.
* BRAVES: Despite the protests of Indian activists, foam tomahawks are expected in abundance when Atlanta plays its home opener before a sellout crowd.
Braves president Stan Kasten said, "The chop salute doesn't have anything more to do with Indian culture . . . than the wave."