John Candelaria, responding to former Pittsburgh shortstop Dale Berra's complaints that his outspoken criticisms last season divided the Pirates, warns he will "get to pitch against (Berra) somewhere down the line."
Berra, now with the New York Yankees, said last week that the 1984 Pirates, last in the NL East, had "the worst morale of any team I've seen." Berra was most critical of Candelaria's remark that the Pirates played like "a triple-A team."
"By the time I said anything last year, it was too late to have any effect," Candelaria said in Bradenton, Fla. "I was frustrated . . . I wasn't used to being on a losing Pirate team . . .
"And who does he (Berra) think I was referring to when I talked about having a triple-A team out there?"
Berra hit .222 and his 30 errors tied for the league lead among shortstops . . .
Outfielder Dave Winfield is due out of a hospital near the New York Yankee's Fort Lauderdale, Fla., base today, but shortstop Andre Robertson is checking in to undergo arthroscopic knee surgery.
Robertson tore left knee cartilage in a workout Saturday when, making a throw, he caught his spikes in the ground. He is expected to be able to begin running in about two weeks. Winfield has been receiving intravenous antibiotics for an infected elbow, injured when he fell after fouling a pitch off his instep.
Don Mattingly, the 1984 AL batting champion, acted as if he'd never been away, in his first spring appearance for the Yankees last night. He homered his first time up, lined a double the next, then left the 2-1 victory over Montreal in Fort Lauderdale. He had arthroscopy Feb. 22 for a cartilage tear in his right knee . . .
Tony Phillips, projected as the Oakland A's starting second baseman, will be unavailable for at least two months. In just his second exhibition appearance of spring, he refractured the bone broken in his left foot during a February workout at Oakland Coliseum . . .
Third baseman Bob Horner, coming off wrist surgery, made his first appearance since May 30 with a pinch-hit ground out to third against Baltimore's Nate Snell as the Atlanta Braves beat the Orioles, 6-2, in West Palm Beach, Fla. Chris Chambliss drove in two runs in a five-run Atlanta third off Storm Davis and is 10 for his last 17 in a bid to save his first base job. Joe Nolan homered for the Orioles. Baltimore returned pitcher Bill Swaggerty to the minors . . .
Dwight Gooden evidently is ready to pick up where he left off in his rookie- of-the-year season. The New York Mets' phenom struck out the first five Red Sox, nine in five innings (three hits), in outdueling Boston's Mike Brown, 1-0, in St. Petersburg, Fla.