Bad news for the Detroit Tigers. The same shoulder that shortstop Alan Trammell had repaired after the 1984 season is bothering him again, so much so that he has yet to make a throw from his position this spring.
Three weeks ago, Trammell visited Dr. James Andrews of Columbus, Ga., the man who did the original work on the shoulder, after having problems throwing. Andrews found no more muscle fragments, and Trammell is hopeful the injury isn't serious.
Still, the Tigers are holding their breath and won't know more until Trammell begins taking ground balls at shortstop Monday.
Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Tom Niedenfuer found a Jack Clark name tag above his locker one day last week. You may remember that Clark's home run off Niedenfuer won a pennant for the St. Louis Cardinals last fall. The tag was removed.
When Rickey Henderson called the Yankees to say he would be reporting to spring training late because of a dentist's appointment, team owner George Steinbrenner had a club employee phone the dentist to see if Henderson was there. He was . . .
You can find Cincinnati Reds owner Marge Schott's biography on Page 4 of the new Reds media guide. Just under hers is a biography of her dog, Schotzie. There is an accompanying photograph showing Schotzie wearing a baseball cap and the article says Schotzie is the only dog in baseball with an air-conditioned office. This from the franchise that wouldn't allow Rollie Fingers a mustache . . .
National League President Chub Feeney appeared on "Jeopardy," the TV quiz show, last week and finished dead last, winning only $99. At one point in the show, he got the Los Angeles Times and New York Times confused.
Boston second baseman Jerry Remy, who hasn't played a game since May 5, 1984, is trying yet another comeback on bad knees. Those knees may have cost him a bright career, but not his sense of humor.
"I've tried just about everything," he said. "I had a seventh knee operation. I tried acupuncture. I went to Carlton Fisk's strength and conditioning coach. I went to a faith healer in Worcester (Mass.). When I was in St. Martin's on vacation, I even went to a voodoo doctor" . . .
Frank Tanana of the Tigers said he almost retired this winter and, if he had, would have gone back to school to study to become a minister. He said he decided not to because pitching gives him a way to spread the gospel. "Being a Christian in athletics is a special role," he said. "I think this is the best way to serve Jesus Christ" . . .
Two of Tampa's more famous residents, Dwight Gooden and Wade Boggs, showed up when their former high schools met in a recent game.
When a Sports Illustrated photographer asked them to pose for a picture, Gooden refused, saying he didn't know who Boggs was. Gooden also was a no-show when the city of Tampa honored him with a Dwight Gooden Day.
The Blue Jays are amazed at the excellent shape in which Gary Lavelle and Bill Caudill have come to camp, and say both are throwing extremely well. Caudill has trimmed 33 pounds off his 1985 playing weight (240). And Toronto General Manager Pat Gillick says he wants reliever Jim Acker back in the starting rotation.
The Blue Jays still have many questions to answer about Caudill and Lavelle, but with them and Dennis Lamp in the bullpen, and Dave Stieb, Acker, Jimmy Key and Doyle Alexander, the Toronto staff could again be the best in the American League East. If it is, the race could again be a one-team affair.
The Blue Jays have been comparing 20-year-old outfielder Glenallen Hall to New York's Dave Winfield, and now they have another comparison: A batted ball by Hall killed a seagull in Dunedin, Fla., this week . . . Kansas City's Bret Saberhagen requested a drug clause be put in his contract, saying, "If the Royals have any questions, I have nothing to hide."
The Texas Rangers are reportedly still trying to trade outfielder Gary Ward. For one thing, Manager Bobby Valentine believes rookie Pete Incaviglia can win the left-field job. A drive off Incaviglia's bat chipped a piece of the wall away in Pompano Beach, Fla., last week, and Valentine quickly phoned his former manager, Tommy Lasorda, to tell him about it.
"Yeah, that's the kind of stuff I used to say," Lasorda said. "By the time Bobby gets through telling that story, the ball will have gone through the fence" . . .
Curt Wardle, who weighed 235 pounds last season, thought the Cleveland Indians were unreasonable in asking him to report at 205. When he got to spring training, the Indians agreed, telling him to read the letter again. He was asked to weigh 215, not 205 . . .
A Minneapolis television station is having former Twins owner Calvin Griffith sing the first verse in a Twins video . . . California's Don Sutton was another player who reported late to spring training, and he found this sign tacked above his locker: "Did you lose your visa?" . . . Rick Burleson, who hasn't played a full season since 1981 because of injuries, is playing both second base and shortstop in the Angels' camp and apparently has a chance to make the team. Burleson will turn 35 in April . . .
There has been speculation in San Diego that Manager Dick Williams resigned on the first day of spring training as his way of getting back at the Padres' front office.
Williams hasn't gotten along with team president Ballard Smith and others for a while, and would have been fired in December if owner Joan Kroc hadn't stepped in. The Padres had to spend $16,000 to rework their press guide, replacing Williams with Steve Boros . . .
Orioles second baseman Alan Wiggins on the firing of Williams: "I think Dick got a raw deal. Some guys on that team wouldn't have been the players they are now without Dick. He's not the kind of guy you go out and have a beer with, but all he asks is that you play hard for him."
Wiggins remembered the night, playing left field, he loafed back on a ball and dropped it.
"I came off the field and went up the runway and threw my glove," he said. "I heard this voice say, 'I'm right behind you.' It was Dick. He told me, 'Do that again, and you'll never play for me again.' "
A fan yelled for Dodgers second baseman Steve Sax to sign an autograph at Dodgertown this week. Sax yelled back, "I'm hitting right now."
The fan said, "But I'm leaving."
Sax looked at the man, ran to sign his autograph and yelled toward the field, "Hey, guys, he's leaving," pointing to the fan.
Greg Brock ran in from first base, Mike Marshall ran in from the outfield and catcher Alex Trevino from behind the plate.
"Hey," Trevino said, "hope I didn't keep you."