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‘Quis’ Out Of Hospital

Sun., Jan. 11, 1998

Former Royals reliever Dan Quisenberry was released from a Kansas City hospital after surgery Thursday to remove a brain tumor.

Surgeons were able to remove at least 80 percent of the walnut-sized tumor from the right side of his brain.

Quisenberry was the Royals’ top reliever from 1979-88 before finishing his career with the St. Louis Cardinals.

Orlando Hernandez, the pitcher who left Cuba on a raft in late December, will showcase his talent as an active spectator at the Caribbean Series this month in Venezuela in hopes of landing a free-agent contract with a major league team.

In a broadcast speech, Cuban President Fidel Castro referred to the pitcher, without naming him, as a “mercenary of sports” who had “betrayed his country.”

Hernandez will attend the Caribbean Series as a spectator, but plans to throw a few balls around and meet with U.S. major league executives.

The Anaheim Angels signed free-agent right-handed pitcher William VanLandingham to a one-year contract.

VanLandingham, 27, was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in 1991 and had a career record of 27-26 with a 4.54 earned run average in 84 appearances with the team. In 1997, he went 4-7 with a 4.96 ERA in 18 appearances.

In July, he was optioned to the Triple-A Phoenix Firebirds, where he was 1-1 with a 9.00 ERA in four starts.

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