DAVEY'S LAMENT: "I'm a loser now," Davey Johnson said the day after he was fired by the Mets. "I've got a bad taste in my mouth. I want to get it out real quick."
Johnson said he would take a new managing job as soon as possible, even though the Mets still owe him about $850,000 over the last 1 1/2 years of his contract.
"Sure, I had a great record," he said in a conference call from his home in Winter Park, Fla. "But like a batter, you're only remembered for your last at-bat. In my last at-bat, I'm 20-22."
Replacement manager Buddy Harrelson said he will invoke long-abused clubhouse and curfew rules. "If I believed that would have helped, I would have done it myself," Johnson said. "They wanted me to be Knute Rockne. I'm not. That kind of stuff went out 20 years ago."
Chuck Hiller moved up from minor league instructor to third base coach in Harrelson's stead.
MOVES: The Giants put RHP Rick Reuschel on 15-day DL (knee), moved OF Kevin Bass to 21-day DL (kneecap); recalled LHP Trevor Wilson and acquired RHP Francisco Oliveras from Twins' Class AAA affiliate for a player to be named. . . . Expos recalled C Nelson Santovenia from AAA as OF Marquis Grissom went on the 21-day DL with a hairline fracture of the fifth metacarpal of his left hand, incurred diving back into the second base during Monday's Atlanta game. . . . Braves activated IF Jeff Blauser from 15-day DL (quadriceps tear); put IF Mark Lemke on same (ankle sprain). . . . Cubs optioned C Rick Wrona (.172, no RBI) to AAA, called up C Hector Villanueva. . . . Mets returned C Todd Hundley to AA. . . . Mariners C Dave Valle has a cracked rib, not just bruised; out four to six weeks.
REWARDED: RHP Rick Aguilera, the Twins' relief closer, signed a three-year, $6 million extension. GM Andy MacPhail said, though, the ex-Met's 1990 salary, $648,000, is not affected.