His approach to last season having failed him, outfielder Ruben Sierra showed up in the Oakland Athletics' camp Saturday without the heavily muscled upper body that was the trademark of his 1993 season.
Sierra prepared for 1993 with lots of work in the weight room and hit a career-worst .233, although he did drive in 101 runs while hitting 22 homers. In contrast, he spent this past winter mostly playing baseball in Puerto Rico.
"I still lifted some weights, but I got a guy to train me so that I wouldn't get too tight," Sierra said. "I feel totally different."
Around the camps
Mets: The team used only one of seven fields at the St. Lucie County Sports Complex because of a recent heavy rainstorm. St. Lucie County groundskeepers did not cover the fields overnight. Manager Dallas Green and several coaches used squeegees and rakes to get water off the main field at Thomas J. White Stadium.
Yankees: Team physician Dr. Stuart Hershon recommended continued rest for centerfielder Bernie Williams, sidelined by an inflamed throwing shoulder.