Elbow Bothers Andy Nezelek

PEORIA, Ariz. - Young right-hander Andy Nezelek hyperextended his elbow throwing batting practice yesterday.

"I felt a pop and backed off," he said. "I feel good now, but the doctors want to be sure before I go back to work."

Nezelek said the injury had nothing to do with the problem that sidelined him for the 1991 season.

"That was shoulder trouble," he said. "But I don't want this to cost me playing time. I've already missed enough."

Left-hander Randy Johnson's back problem, suffered while running and doing drills the first day of camp, has cleared up enough that Johnson is expected to start throwing batting practice. He threw 10 minutes on the sideline again and took part in fielding drills.

-- Jim Stewart, a part-time scout for Seattle, has been named a coach for the National Amateur Baseball Foundation all-star team that will participate in the first National Amateur Tournament in Battle Creek, Mich., in June. Stewart, a Kirkland resident, has coached youth baseball for 28 years and joined the Mariners in 1990.

-- The M's will produce an hour-long TV special to be shown on KSTW-TV (Channel 11) March 28.