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Jordan's shoulder still sore

Outfielder Brian Jordan is still feeling the effects of last year's shoulder injury and surgery.

"I'm not really letting loose right now," he said. "I'm kind of afraid to let loose until I see the doctors again in early March."

The former Atlanta Falcons defensive back, who is entering the last year of a three-year contract that does not allow him to play football, said the NFL is still a consideration for 1995.

"The fans remind me everywhere I go, saying, "You're the reason Glanville got fired, and without you, the defense couldn't play,'

" he said. "I would play both sports again, but I won't give up baseball."

The Cardinals are scheduled to play an intrasquad game at 1:30 p.m. today at the Busch Complex.

_ NANCY TAPPER-SISON

Baby makes Bowden late

PLANT CITY _ General manager Jim Bowden showed up at the Reds' workout to kidding from outfielder Kevin Mitchell.

Mitchell was late for camp once again. His excuse: He couldn't find a hotel _ an explanation no one believed.

Bowden's wife had the couple's third child as training camp opened, so he was late arriving.

During batting practice Sunday, Mitchell stepped out of the cage and told Bowden: "You didn't report on time."

Bowden retorted: "I was here for a week. I was just checking out the hotel rooms."

The Reds play intrasquad games at 1 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday.

_ AP

Hengten recalls hot season

DUNEDIN _ Pat Hengten got a career break and turned it into a career season.

Hengten broke into the starting rotation early in the season and had a 19-9 record, second on the club's all-time list. His 12 road victories are a club record, and he pitched three complete games. He also made his first All-Star team.

"When (Dave) Stewart (muscle strain) went down before the season, I knew I'd soon have a chance to start," Hengten said. "As the season went along, I had to pinch myself to make sure I wasn't dreaming."

Roberto Alomar is working out separately from the club to rehabilitate his right leg, broken playing winter ball. Joe Carter and Devon White will be in camp this week. Pitcher Paul Menhart is probably lost for the season after blowing out his elbow in winter ball.

_ PHIL GULICK

Batiste tries the outfield

CLEARWATER _ Infielder Kim Batiste tried the outfield Sunday.

Manager Jim Fregosi would like to see Batiste switch from his normal positions of third base and shortstop. Former outfielder Garry Maddox, who won eight straight Gold Gloves, is working with Batiste.

"Overall, I was very impressed. . ." Maddox said. "The one thing he needs to correct is his tendency to react too quickly, which is typical when infielders learn to play the outfield."

"I'm excited about playing the outfield," Batiste said, "because I see it as an opportunity to get more playing time."

_ AP

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