Originally created 02/13/98

Wallace still out with torn ligament



Left-hander Jeff Wallace, one of Pittsburgh's most promising pitching prospects, won't be ready to begin full-scale workouts this weekend when the Pirates open spring training.

Wallace partially tore a ligament in his pitching elbow Sept. 19 against St. Louis. Though it did not require surgery, the injury has yet to fully heal.

He is expected to be back at full strength by March 1.

Pitchers and catchers report to camp today and begin workouts Saturday.

Wallace, 21, began last season with the Pirates' Class A Lynchburg farm club and was 5-0 with one save and a 1.65 ERA in nine games.

RODRIGUEZ LOSES:

Minnesota beat pitcher Frank Rodriguez in the first salary arbitration decision of the year.

A three-man panel, which heard the case Tuesday, decided Thursday that Rodriguez will be paid $425,000 this season rather than his request for $880,000.

The 25-year-old right-hander was 3-6 with a 4.62 ERA in 15 starts and 28 relief appearances in 1997. He made $220,000.



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