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SAN DIEGO, June 15- Joe Monahan, the cardinal’s chief scout, said that Alan Hrabosky, a lefthanded pitcher recalled from Arkansas yesterday, had a "good fast ball and an effective though not big curve."

Then Monahan added, "the most important thing about him is that he’s a battler."

Hrabosky is another force-feed prospect. His chance was hastened because the Cardinals need a southpaw reliever badly to team with Billy McCool, the only lefty on the staff besides starter, Steve Carlton.

Cardinal brass liked what they saw of Hrabosky at the spring training camp. He is 21 years old, 5-foot-11 and weighs 185.

He had a 5-1 record this season at Arkansas, the Redbirds’ farm club in the Double-A Texas League. He broke into pro ball last year with an 8-2 mark at Modesto in the Class A California League and won his only decision at Arkansas. His earned-run average at Modesto was 2.48.

Hrabosky is expected to get his feet wet with a few relief assignments before starting a game in about a week when the schedule gets clogged.

The newcomer might have to be used as a starter more often than had been planned because of Nelson Brile’s sore right leg.

Briles had to leave Saturdays game with the Giants at San Francisco after making only four pitches. When he drove off the mound, he strained a tendon in the hamstring, just above the back of the knee.

"We thought at first it was a different area from the place where strained the hamstring earlier this season," trainer Bob Bauman said, "but it turned out that his trouble was in the same place."

How soon will Briles be ready?

"He says he could pitch tomorrow," said Bauman. "But because of the way he twists his leg as he drives off the mound, he might strain the tendon with the first pitch. We’ll try to strap the tendon."

Jim Beauchamp is nearly 31 years old but he has not lost his eagerness for the game. He was already at the ballpark yesterday morning when the team bus arrived.

"I was so happy to come back to the Cardinals that I would have walked all the way to join them," said Beauchamp, who was obtained from Houston Saturday in exchange for pitcher George Culver. Beauchamp will have pinch-hitting and reserve outfielding chores.

"Before I left the Houston players, about 24 of them asked me to ask the Cardinals if they’d make it a package deal. The spirit’s altogether different on the Astros. Their bench is dead during a game. I used to do a lot of hollering, but I got tired of doing it myself."

Beauchamp walked as a pinch hitter yesterday.


Jim Kennedy, the utility infielder brought up from Tulsa, confessed that he was about half an inch under his 5-foot-9 listing in the record books.

Kennedy is from Arvin, Calif., about 20 miles from Bakersfield.

"The kid’s got a good pair of hands," Giants manager Charley Fox said as he watched Kennedy in pregame practice.

At Tulsa, Kennedy batted .250 with 10 doubles and one triple among his 30 hits.


Mike Torrez is to pitch against the San Diego Padres’ Pat Dobson in the series opener tonight (9:30, St. Louis time).

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