Recalcitrant designated hitter Rusty Staub agreed to rejoin the Detroit Tigers today, saying he would be in uniform Tuesday when the club opens a series against the White Sox in Chicago.
Staub, 35, apparently is abandoning his demand for a three-year extension of his contract, which has two $200,000 seasons to run.
He had not been paid this season because he did not report for spring training. He was placed on the disqualified list when the season opened.
Staub has been running at his homes in Houston and New York and has taken some batting practice. But it is expected to take about two weeks of serious practice before the left-handed slugger can rejoin the lineup on a full-time basis.
What becomes of designated hitter Ron LeFlore if Staub gets his old DH job back?
Indications are, LeFlore will go back to center field.
Tiger Manager Les Moss said. "It's going to be a tough decision." LeFlore has been used as DH because of tendinitis in his right shoulder.
"He threw today and threw well from the outfield," Moss added. "We've got to have both of them in the lineup, I can tell you that."
During spring training, LeFlore sided with Tiger General Manager Jim Campbell in the Staub matter. He didn't think it was right for Staub to sit out and then come back whenever he pleased.
Today, though, LeFlore -- with a big grin -- kept saying, "No comment" when asked about the situation.
"I don't think emotionally it will affect the club, pitcher John Hiller said. "I think we're all intelligent enough to realize Rusty's going to add a lot of offense to our attack. And then there's the leadership dimension. He works well with the youngerplayers.
The same thing will happen on the pitching side of the roster if Detroit decides Monday to activate Mark Fidrych.
"That's different," Hiller insisted. "Mark's been trying to come back. He's been here all season. When that happens, whoever it happens to is going to understand."