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Tuesday, March 2, 2004
Canseco: 'See you in the movies'

Associated Press

VERO BEACH, Fla. -- Jose Canseco can now focus on being an actor or an author rather than a baseball player.

As expected, the Los Angeles Dodgers informed the former slugger Tuesday that they weren't interested in his services.

Canseco, 39, participated in an open tryout with the team Monday. He said he wouldn't play in the minors, which probably ended any chance he had of being signed by the Dodgers.

Matt Slater, the team's director of professional scouting, said two of the 108 players who participated in the workout would be offered contracts -- but Canseco wouldn't be one of them.

"We called him to give him the news," Slater said.

The Dodgers announced later in the day that minor league contracts were signed by Adam Shorts, an infielder who played in the Yankees' farm system last season, and Gooby Gerlits, a catcher-outfielder who has spent time in the Marlins' system.

Canseco was told before the workout there was a 99 percent chance the Dodgers wouldn't sign him, but he participated anyway.

He certainly didn't look prepared.

"This is probably going to be my last attempt -- see you in the movies,'' Canseco told reporters as he signed autographs.

Now living in the Los Angeles suburb of Encino, Canseco claims to have Hollywood connections.

A six-time All-Star who hit 462 career homers in the major leagues, Canseco also claims to be working on a book that will be released in September. He last played in the majors in 2001.

He spent more than two months in jail last summer for testing positive for steroids while on probation -- a charge he denied.

Prosecutors later dropped the charge, prompting his release from custody. He had been on probation since the previous November when he pleaded guilty to aggravated battery for a 2001 nightclub fight.

RHP Hideo Nomo will start Wednesday when the Dodgers face the New York Mets in their exhibition opener. ... Dodgers manager Jim Tracy said Shawn Green would start at first base Wednesday, but Tracy stressed that didn't mean Green will play the position this season. Green has been a right fielder throughout his big-league career. ... Tracy said C Todd Hundley was examined by Dr. Robert Watkins on Monday and had shown improvement. Hundley had surgery Nov. 25 to repair a herniated disk in his back. He had surgery to fix the same disk on June 5. Limited to 21 games last year, Hundley is sidelined indefinitely.