Randy Jones, the 1976 National League pitcher of the year, is due off the San Diego Padres' disabled list Monday and still manager Alvin Dark and team physician Paul Bauer see two different Joneses.
Dark has Jone down as his starter against the San Francisco Giants the night he becomes eligible. Dr. Bauer says, "I don't see apy point in letting him pitch again this season. I think he needs this year to get over his operation."
Jones underwent surgery in October that revealed nerve damage in his Cy Yourg award-winning left arm and the biceps atrophied. He came back to make the regular rotation at season's start but, compared to a 16-3 record along about this time last wear en route to a 22-14 campaign, he lost seven of 11, yielding 4.61 earned runs a game. Finally, his flipper was deemed not up to snuff and he was deactivated two weeks ago.
Jones, the curly heaired cover boy os the 1977 Baseball Record Book, says of starting by Monday: "I think that's too early. I've thrown the ball two times in two weeks, five minutes each time, throwing easily, just trying to keep some sort of rhythm. I feel pretty good, but I don't want to pitch until I feel like myself again." He'll toss some more before Friday's game in Los Angeles and see how it goes Taking off the rest of the year? "A possibility - I won't know until Friday" . . .