MINNEAPOLIS, JULY 4 -- The word on LaMarr Hoyt, the former Cy Young winner, isn't good. Those who've seen him say he appears to have ballooned to 270 pounds or more and that his right shoulder still hasn't recovered from last season's injury.

His condition is bad enough that the Chicago White Sox would be ecstatic if he could pitch a game at Class A Daytona Beach by the end of the summer, then be ready for spring training in 1988. The overriding fear, though, is that his condition has deteriorated so much that he'd need superhuman conditioning to get back to the big leagues, and conditioning has never been his specialty.

It apparently was White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf who signed him. General Manager Larry Himes probably would have passed had the decision been his. Himes hardly has time for player moves, what with telling his players where to sit on flights and checking to see if they are wearing socks. His latest rule is that players must have at least three inches of blue sock showing above their white ones.

It was a year ago the White Sox fired manager Tony LaRussa and hired Jim Fregosi. In that year, Fregosi went 73-98 while LaRussa went 86-68 in his new job in Oakland.Saberhagen No Star?

It seems like this time every year the problem of getting the best pitchers onto the American League all-star team comes up. This year, the problem is with Kansas City's Bret Saberhagen, who's scheduled to pitch on the Sunday before the all-star break.

He is 14-2 and could be going for his 16th victory that day. But because the Royals are in a tight pennant race, he said he can't even consider skipping a turn.

"The season comes first," he said. "The honor is making the team in itself. Whether I start, relieve or don't pitch at all doesn't matter."

The AL office apparently doesn't like that attitude, and the league president, Bobby Brown, has hinted Saberhagen might be left off the squad. "You have to take into consideration that his chances of being effective for you on Tuesday are very limited," Brown said. "Your pitching choices are optional, and what you don't want are players that can't play."

Unless there's a change, Detroit's Jack Morris will start for the AL. His regular pitching turn comes on Tuesday.

In 16 starts, Saberhagen has gone seven or more innings 15 times and his 10 complete games are the most in the big leagues. There are indications Roger Clemens may yet make the team, which would be worth $300,000 in cash and bonuses. It may just be a coincidence, but since a liner by Baltimore's John Stefero hit him in the right elbow during his last regular season start last season, Clemens has gone 8-7 in 23 starts . . .

When the St. Louis Cardinals got a 7 1/2-game lead Monday, it was their biggest since the last day of the 1968 season. Since then, they've won two pennants and never led by that much. If you're looking for evidence that the Cardinals will win the NL East, it might come next week when injured John Tudor resumes throwing from a mound. Once figured to be lost for the season, he might return next month.

Cardinals shortstop Ozzie Smith hasn't homered this season, but is still on a pace for 91 RBI. It doesn't appear likely anyone will catch the Cardinals, especially with the league hitting more than .300 against the Mets' two top relievers, Jesse Orosco and Roger McDowell. . .

The New York Yankees were excited about Ron Guidry's shutout of the Toronto Blue Jays this week and the fact that his fastball was consistently at 86-87 mph. "He looks like he has 20-game stuff," Manager Lou Piniella said. "We've got half a season to go so he ought to be able to give us 10 wins the rest of the way." Yankees reliever Tim Stoddard has inherited 22 base runners and allowed only one to score. But the Yankees' secret weapon has been defense. They made 48 errors in their first 78 games, fewest in the league. A year ago, they made 75 in their first 78 games. . .

Did anyone notice that Red Sox reliever Calvin Schiraldi finally struck out Ray Knight? That happened Tuesday, eight months and five days after it would have won a World Series for the Red Sox . . .

In the four-team independent Class A Empire State League, located just outside New York City, they already know about affirmative action. Their four managers are black: George Scott, Paul Blair, Bernardo Leonard (brother of Jeffrey) and Ben Flood (Curt's nephew) . . . Don Baylor, who has been hit by more pitches (244) than any player in history, said he holds a grudge against only one pitcher, John Denny. "He was a headhunter," Baylor said. "He was one of those guys I'd like to get, off the field or on. It doesn't matter. He's one of the guys who deliberately tried to hurt people." . . .

Few teams have struggled with their starting pitching more than the Milwaukee Brewers, who have used seven different fourth and fifth starters. Those seven are 4-12 with a 7.38 ERA. They will try No. 8 Sunday when Mark Knudson gets a turn. He had a 5.89 ERA at AAA Denver . . . The Atlanta Braves have had nine players on the disabled list and called up seven players from AAA Richmond to replace them. Those seven have yet to contribute a hit, RBI, victory or save . . .

Cleveland pitching coach Jack Aker, who was fired this week, blamed catcher Rick Dempsey for many of his problems. Aker said he wanted to call some of the pitches, but that Dempsey argued. "As a result, we got beat a lot of times with a lot of stupid pitches, to be blunt about it," Aker said. "A lot of the pitchers came up and asked for {Chris} Bando to catch them. When Dempsey handled all those good pitching staffs in Baltimore, a majority of the pitchers there were calling their own games. Dempsey does a good job with Lefty {Steve Carlton} because he calls his own game." Dempsey hasn't exactly been a ball of fire offensively, hitting .178 with one homer and five RBI.Thornton Faces Cut

Cleveland's Andre Thornton will be released as an active player and given a job in the front office this month. Thornton, 37, is hitting .136 with no homers and three RBI. He has another year at $1.1 million and about 20 years of deferred money after that . . . After going 15-17 in 32 games against NL East teams, San Francisco catcher Bob Brenly said he was looking forward to 25 straight games against the West. "We'll kick their butts, steal their women and drink their beer," Brenly said. The Giants won nine of those 25 games . . .

With a .299 batting average and 17 homers, California's Devon White is Mark McGwire's only challenger for AL rookie of the year. "There is not a rookie in either league I'd trade him for," said Manager Gene Mauch. "There is no one else out there who can do all the things he does." . . . With Kirk McCaskill and Donnie Moore ready to return from the disabled list, the Angels may yet be the team to beat in the AL West . . .

With Jose Canseco winning rookie of the year last year, the A's could be the first AL team since 1958-59 to win it two straight years. Albie Pearson and Bob Allison of the Washington Senators won it then . . . The A's moved Steve Ontiveros into the starting rotation and he went 5-0 with a 0.92 ERA before losing, 2-0, Friday night. . .

Tom Lawless of the Cardinals is the only non-pitcher in the big leagues who hasn't had a hit. He's hitless in seven at-bats, but has had only three since April . . . Durability? Tony Fernandez, Jesse Barfield and George Bell have missed 20 of the Blue Jays' last 400 games . . . The San Diego Padres have had a remarkable turnaround, winning more games in June (15) as they won in April and May combined (12). Their pitchers had a 6.00 ERA in their first two months, and 2.78 in their last 25 . . . Until Friday night, the Indians had been outscored, 83-31, and out-homered, 21-6, in their previous 11 games. They hit five homers and scored nine runs Friday and still lost . . . The Houston Astros have Nolan Ryan on a 110-pitch limit, and they found out this week they need to be strict with it. On his 111th pitch, San Francisco's Harry Spilman, hit his first homer in a year . . . Will the Giants miss Candy Maldonado? In his last 146 games before breaking a finger this week, he hit .295 with 25 homers and 108 RBI . . . Through Thursday, Reggie Jackson hit seven homers in 19 games and now says he won't retire at the all-star break and might even play another season. "I thought about it a lot because I was a bum," he said. "I stunk." . . . The Blue Jays are scouting the Los Angeles Dodgers and apparently interested in trading for a starter. Lloyd Moseby for Rick Honeycutt is a possibility. Honeycutt is fourth in the NL in ERA (3.15) despite a 2-8 record. His seven-game losing streak ties Dave Goltz and Jerry Reuss for the longest in Dodgers history.