Braves: Catcher Francisco Cabrera, the hero of last year's National League playoffs, arrived in camp late yesterday. Cabrera, who lives in the Dominican Republic, had his visa approved Friday and had been expected at camp Saturday. . . . Catcher Greg Olson appears to be fully recovered from a broken ankle. He was injured in September.

Cardinals: Pitcher Rene Arocha, who was hit on the right hand during a bunting drill on Sunday, has been cleared for a return to full duty today.

Cubs: The club is setting May 1 as a target date for pitcher Mike Harkey to shoot for in his comeback from knee surgery. General manager Larry Himes says he doesn't want to rush Harkey, fresh off knee surgery in September. Harkey also underwent shoulder surgery 22 months ago.

Dodgers: General manager Fred Claire said he was not as concerned with the team's lack of a left-handed starting pitcher as he was with having a quality left-hander in the bullpen this year. He would not rule out trade options on that front, but said he is "going to look first here," where left-handers Steve Wilson, Wally Ritchie and Lee Guetterman are in camp. . . . Right-hander Ramon Martinez missed yesterday's workout because of the flu.

Expos: Montreal hired Hall of Famer Lou Brock as a part-time base-running coach. Brock will arrive at spring training camp in West Palm Beach, Fla., on March 2.

Giants: A few weeks ago, manager Dusty Baker announced that newcomer Barry Bonds would hit fifth in the batting order behind Matt Williams. But Baker has had some second thoughts. "Against certain right-handers, I'll probably bat Barry fourth and Matt fifth," he said. "I'm talking about select guys like Greg Maddux and John Smoltz. I might want the real tough right-handers to face Will [Clark] and Barry back-to-back instead of having them maybe pitch around Will and Barry."

Marlins: Gary Carter decided the best way to prepare for his new job as TV commentator was to be a part of the team. The 11-time All-Star catcher is doubling as a camp instructor during spring training. Of three-time All-Star Benito Santiago, Carter said: "He's been very receptive with some of the ideas I've thrown out. He's a quality catcher already. If anything, I'm just here to fine-tune him."

Mets: Catcher Todd Hundley hit only .209 last year, but manager Jeff Torborg doesn't sound concerned about production from behind the plate. "I know he will improve," he said. "He has a year under his belt. He improved the second half of last season tremendously, defensively. His stroke started to come around the second half."

Padres: Former Dodger Mike Scioscia reported to camp. He will battle Dan Walters for the starting job. "I'd say at this time we feel Walters is going to be our No. 1 catcher, but both of them will get a lot of playing time," manager Jim Riggleman said. . . . Andy Benes, who won a $2.05 million salary in arbitration, has the flu and is expected to arrive tomorrow.

Phillies: Five of six free agents the team signed are older than 30. That is seen by some as a sign that the Phillies are a team that was constructed for right now -- not for 1996 or beyond. "That's why they signed all the free agents for one or two years, not four or five," said first baseman John Kruk, 32. "Because I think they know and we know this is it. If we don't do some good things this year, there are gonna be changes," Kruk added.

Pirates: Left-hander Zane Smith may be ready to throw off a mound by the end of next week, trainer Kent Biggerstaff said. Smith underwent arthroscopic surgery Nov. 10 to repair a slight tear in his rotator cuff.

Reds: General manager Jim Bowden is scheduled to meet with Jose Rijo's agent, Tom Reich, Thursday in an attempt to work out a new multi-year deal for the pitcher. Rijo will make $3.5

million in 1993, the final season of a $9 million, three-year contract. . . . Relief pitcher Milt Hill has agreed to a split contract that pays him $129,000 in the majors.

Rockies: Manager Don Baylor says he has been impressed by pitchers Rudy Seanez and Mo Sanford. . . . Clint Zavaras, who injured his right knee Friday, underwent successful arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn cartilage. Zavaras also has a partially torn anterior cruciate ligament. He's expected to be sidelined for four to six weeks. . . . Doctors still don't know what is wrong with the right elbow of backup catcher Eric Wedge. Wedge underwent surgery three months ago to reattach muscle and remove bone spurs from the inside of his elbow, but he has pain on the outside of the elbow. "The doctors say there's a good joint line between the bone and elbow," Wedge said. "They said it appears the bone comes to a bit of a point, which may be causing pressure."


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