Veteran Southpaw Langston Signs Contract With San Diego

THURSDAY, JAN. 8, 1998

The San Diego Padres signed veteran left-handed pitcher Mark Langston to a minor-league contract Wednesday and invited him to spring training.

The 37-year-old Langston was 2-4 with a 5.85 earned-run average in nine starts for the Anaheim Angels last season.

Langston underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left elbow on May 27 to remove inflamed and damaged tissue. He made one start in August, then went back on the disabled list.

Outfielder Glenallen Hill, who hit .261 in 128 games with San Francisco last season, has signed a Triple-A contract with the Seattle Mariners.

Left-hander Omar Daal, acquired by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the expansion draft on Nov. 18, has agreed to a $575,000, one-year contract.

Two defecting Cuban baseball players and five companions they refused to abandon left the Bahamas on Wednesday aboard a plane bound for Costa Rica.

Pitcher Orlando Hernandez and catcher Alberto Hernandez, who is not related, left Nassau with five others who helped the players defect.

The group was headed for Costa Rica after the players refused to accept humanitarian visas from the U.S. when the five others were not offered asylum.

Jose Canseco pleaded no contest to a domestic violence charge of hitting his wife, Jessica, and was sentenced to one year of probation as part of a deal with prosecutors.

Four days after hitting a tree while speeding in his Ferrari, Toronto Blue Jays catcher Benito Santiago was released from a Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., hospital after treatment for severe injuries.

Santiago, 32, was admitted Sunday with a fractured back vertebra, blunt head trauma and cuts to his head and face. Santiago should be ready to play baseball in as soon as five weeks.

Texas Rangers owners have agreed to sell the team to an investment group headed by Dallas Stars owner Thomas Hicks for about $250 million.

Former major league pitcher Luis Tiant has signed a four-year contract to coach baseball at the Savannah College of Arts and Designs.

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