Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Lenny Dykstra appeared in court Tuesday for a preliminary hearing on a drunk-driving charge and left in silence after posting a $1 bail. District Justice Beverly Foster set the arraignment for July 25 in the Delaware County courthouse, in Media.
Dykstra walked into the courtroom wearing a golf visor and gray running pants. As he moved to the judge's private office to talk to his lawyer, he whispered to several reporters: "Haven't you got anything better to do?"
In a short open court session, Foster told Dykstra he had a right to hear the evidence against him if he wanted to. Dykstra formally waived that right.
Dykstra ignored television cameras and photographers as he walked out of the courtroom to a waiting car, got into the front passenger seat, and drove off with his lawyer, Francis Lord, who also declined comment on the case.
Dykstra has been sidelined as the result of injuries suffered when his Mercedes convertible ran off a suburban Delaware County road in Radnor Township May 6 and slammed into two trees. He suffered a collarbone fracture, three broken ribs and a fractured cheekbone and will be out of the lineup for about two months.
Teammate Darren Daulton also was injured in the crash. Daulton, a catcher, returned to play but went back onto the disabled list because of an eye injury apparently more serious than first believed.
Dykstra would not answer questions about his own recuperation.
signs with Blue Jays
ST. PETERSBURG _ Trevor Mallory of Lakewood signed with the Toronto Blue Jays Tuesday night, agreeing to a contract he said was worth more than $120,000, including educational fees.
Mallory, picked in the second round of last week's amateur draft, becomes the highest-paid draftee ever to come out of Pinellas County. He also is the highest pick in county history.
"I'm real pleased with everything," said Mallory, who signed a scholarship last month with Lake City Community College. "I couldn't be happier."
Mallory will report to the Blue Jays' mini-camp in Dunedin today.
Mariners add to
collection of Griffeys
SEATTLE _ The Seattle Mariners on Monday night signed Craig Griffey, 20-year-old brother of Ken Griffey Jr. and son of Ken Griffey Sr., to a minor-league contract.
Craig, a sophomore cornerback for the Ohio State football team last season, was picked by the Mariners in the 42nd round of last week's amateur baseball draft.
Craig worked out with the Mariners _ and his father and 21-year-old brother _ in the Kingdome during this homestand.
Around the bases
Catcher Dave Valle of the Mariners drew a three-game suspension Tuesday for charging Texas Rangers manager Bobby Valentine after being hit by a pitch in a June 1 game. Valle appealed the suspension imposed by AL president Bobby Brown and will continue to play until he receives a hearing.
Less than 24 hours after being suspended for refusing to report to an Expos farm team, catcher Nelson Santovenia has indicated that he will accept the demotion, the club said. Santovenia was optioned to AAA Indianapolis on Thursday night but then flew home to Miami.
Albert Belle, demoted by Cleveland last week after failing to run out a double-play grounder, now has an explanation. "When I went to the plate, I thought there were two outs," Belle said.
The strike that wiped out a third of the schedule and led to the only eight-team playoffs in baseball history began 10 years ago today.
_ Compiled from Associated Press reports.