Baseball Notes | Robinson named as adviser in office of commissioner

Baseball Notable

Frank Robinson, fired by the Washington Nationals as manager after last season, has been hired as a special adviser to Jimmie Lee Solomon, executive vice president of baseball operations in the commissioner's office, commissioner Bud Selig said yesterday.

Mets. Pedro Martinez can start throwing today as part of his recuperation from October rotator cuff surgery.

Also, Chan Ho Park couldn't make his scheduled start for New York because he didn't have a work visa.

Athletics. Oakland sent centerfielder Mark Kotsay to California to seek medical advice on his troublesome back.

Noteworthy. Clem Labine, 80, a relief pitcher who won two key games as an emergency starter for the Brooklyn Dodgers in the 1950s, died yesterday.

He had been in a coma at Indian River Medical Center in Vero Beach, Fla., the team announced.

In 1951, his first full major-league season, Mr. Labine threw a six-hit shutout to keep the Dodgers alive in a best-of-three playoff with the New York Giants. In the 1956 World Series, he allowed just seven hits in Game 6 and beat the New York Yankees, 1-0, in 10 innings.

- Associated Press