WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Six days after being traded by the San Francisco Giants to montreal for Al Oliver, Fred Breining reported to the Expos' camp Saturday with a damaged shoulder.
The 28-year old Breining, 11-12 last year, said he injured the shoulder during his last start against Houston in September.
Montreal doctor Larry Coughlin described the injury as inflammation of the muscle in the right shoulder. Breining had not been taking treatment over the winter and he will not be able to throw a ball for 10 days or two weeks at least.
Montreal president John McHale said he was told by the San Francisco management that Breining had experienced spring training soreness but had not been informed of a carry-over injury.
'We're not gonna think,' said McHale, 'of what we might do if he can't pitch in a few weeks. He thinks he will be all right and until then we'll just hope for the best.'