Talk about getting caught in a draft: When Major League Baseball holds its summer amateur free agent draft Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, the Montreal Expos will have 10 of the first 53 selections and the Oakland Athletics will have seven of the first 66.

This arrangement is a result of baseball's compensation system for teams that lose free agents or don't sign their first-round picks from the previous year's draft.

In addition to receiving the early draft choices of signing teams, teams that lose free agents also can receive picks in what are known as sandwich rounds -- special compensation rounds that take place between the regular first and second rounds and the regular second and third rounds. Also, the first sandwich round concludes with picks going to teams that failed to sign their first-round picks from the previous year's draft.

Montreal's windfall is a result of its regular first- and second-round choices added to the eight compensation picks it received for losing free agents Mark Langston, Hubie Brooks, Pascual Perez and Bryn Smith and failing to sign Charles Johnson.

Oakland has its first two choices plus five compensation picks for the loss of free agents Storm Davis, Dave Parker and Tony Phillips.

"There seems to be a lot of interest in what we are doing," Expos scouting director Gary Hughes said with a chuckle.

Interestingly, he said he and his staff face less pressure with the greater number of selections. "There are great expectations that we do very well," he said, "but there's less pressure in that we have more opportunities to make good. We have the same list {of prospects} and we've seen the same number of people. We just get to take more of them" off the top.

He said the goal "is obvious. But four years from now, if six {of the 10} are on the major league roster, I'll consider it a success."

In the introduction to Baseball America's book "The Baseball Draft -- The First 25 Years, 1969-1989," editor Allan Simpson writes the draft "has been baseball's great equalizer . . . the reason why 10 different teams won a World Series" from 1978 to 1987.

The Braves have the draft's No. 1 overall pick. The Orioles, who took Ben McDonald with the No. 1 pick last year, will have the 20th and 60th selections overall. Worrell Out, Gibson In

Todd Worrell, the St. Louis Cardinals' relief ace, has a nerve problem in two of his fingers and says he may miss the entire season. He'd hoped to be pitching next month. He's had two arm operations recently, which apparently has affected his fingers. . . .

Kirk Gibson, idle as a major league player since July 22 and still bothered by his left hamstring, was reactivated Friday night by the Los Angeles Dodgers. To make room on the roster, the Dodgers unconditionally released 11-year veteran outfielder John Shelby, a onetime Baltimore Oriole.

Gibson, the Dodgers' 1988 World Series hero, was available for last night's game against the Cincinnati Reds, and the Dodgers plan to use him in center field. He had played left field, but Kal Daniels is playing there.

Gibson returned Thursday from Albuquerque, where he went six for 14 with a home run and four RBI in five rehabilitation starts with the Dodgers' Class AAA farm club.

He hurt his hamstring during the 1988 NL playoffs against the New York Mets. He had surgery last Aug. 29 to repair a slight tear and opened the season on the disabled list. . . .

Terry Shumpert, who took Frank White's second base job on the Kansas City Royals, tore a ligament in his left thumb in practice, will miss four to six weeks, and might need surgery. He's hitting .275. The team recalled infielder Bill Pecota, who was hitting .297 in Omaha.Baseball History Week

Tuesday night was the first time the Cubs and White Sox had played night games at home on the same night. For the record, 28,295 fans were on hand at Wrigley Field, 15,353 at Comiskey Park. Those numbers are deceiving, however. The Cubs had sold about 37,000 tickets in advance, the White Sox about 11,000. . . . The Rangers did not leave a runner on base May 24 against the Tigers. The last time that had happened to them was Sept. 30, 1984, when Mike Witt threw a perfect game against them for the Angels. . . . A week ago Friday, Danny Heep became the first nonpitcher to pitch for the Red Sox since outfielder George Schmees in 1952. In his one inning, the eighth inning of a 16-0 loss to the Twins in Minnesota, Heep allowed one run on four hits. It was the fewest runs allowed by a Boston pitcher that night. Preceding Heep were Eric Hetzel (seven runs in 2 2/3 innings), Dennis Lamp (three in 1 1/3), Wes Gardner (two in two) and Jerry Reed (three in one). . . .

When Astros first baseman Glenn Davis hit three home runs in a doubleheader last Saturday against the Cubs, he became the first Houston player to accomplish that feat since Roman Mejias did it on May 6, 1962. That was so long ago, Mejias was playing for the Colt .45's, and his victims were the Milwaukee Braves. . . . Since becoming a member of the Dodgers, shortstop Alfredo Griffin is 10 for 21 with the bases loaded, with 28 RBI. In his career, he is 17 for 34 with the bases loaded. As a team this season, the Dodgers are batting .372 with the bases loaded. Since last season, Orioles shortstop Cal Ripken has gone one for 24 with the bases loaded. As a team this season, the Orioles are batting .204 with the bases loaded. . . .

Last Saturday night was a rough one for Athletics reliever Dennis Eckersley. He allowed a run (his first in 17 1/3 innings this season) and went to a 3-2 count on a batter. He still hasn't allowed a walk in 45 1/3 innings and 157 batters, dating back to August. However, he's 39 innings short of the franchise record, which also happens to be the major league record. It's held by current Red Sox pitching coach Bill Fischer, whose 84 1/3 walkless innings came in August and September 1962 as a member of the Kansas City Athletics. . . . Tigers starting pitcher Dan Petry has a 2.72 ERA. The next lowest ERA for a Tigers starter going into the weekend belonged to Brian DuBois, 4.88. . . .

The Twins are 7-0 in one-run games this season. Only one other team in major league history has gone farther into a season without losing a one-run game: the 1940 St. Louis Browns, who lasted until June 5. . . .

Negative New York Note of the Week: Let's see, the Mets hired Bud Harrelson as manager after firing Davey Johnson, who immediately discussed the possibility of moving to the Yankees if (sorry, when) they fire Bucky Dent. Everything was fine, or at least normal, in New York last week. Oh, all right. Mets third baseman/shortstop and slugger/speedster Howard Johnson has a chance to join the 30-30-30 club. He began the weekend with eight homers, nine stolen bases and 13 errors.