DODGERS ARRESTED: Dodgers infielders Juan Samuel and Alfredo Griffin were jailed for almost nine hours Saturday in Pittsburgh for their involvement in an early morning fight at a local nightclub.
Samuel and Griffin were arrested on charges of simple assault, stemming from an altercation that allegedly was triggered when Samuel intervened in a domestic dispute at Chauncy's, a popular spot near the hotel at which the Dodgers were staying.
After arraignment, the players were released on their own recognizance and picked up at the station by Manager Tom Lasorda and coach-broadcaster Manny Mota. They are scheduled to appear in Pittsburgh City Court on July 31, the night the Dodgers play host to the Cincinnati Reds.
Griffin, 33, was treated for a cut above his left eye at Allegheny General Hospital and did not play in Saturday night's 6-0 victory over the Pirates. Samuel started and went two for four with a two-run homer. He would not comment on the incident.
ON STEINBRENNER: Commissioner Fay Vincent said he hasn't "ruled anything in or ruled anything out" as far as a possible punishment for George Steinbrenner.
In an interview with the New York Daily News, Vincent also said he would not force Dave Winfield to talk to Steinbrenner's attorneys and said his decision whether to ban or suspend Steinbrenner would be delayed for another week because the Yankees owner's lawyers had once again requested more time to submit evidence. Vincent had been expected to decide Steinbrenner's fate this weekend.
ON EXPANSION: The cost of setting up one of two National League franchises to be awarded for 1993 could be as high as $168 million. The Buffalo News, citing executives in major league baseball, said the high cost could very well act as a determining factor in narrowing down about a half dozen potential expansion cities to the two that will be chosen.MOVES: Houston right-hander Jim Clancy (2-8, 6.89 ERA) agreed to assignment to Class AAA Tucson. The Astros will add a player today.