Portland Farms Eight to Salem
RIVERSIDE, Calif., March 24 — The Portland Beavers cut eight players from their squad today, sending them to their Western International league farm at Salem.
They are John Burak, Forest Grove pitcher who was with Salem part of last season; pitcher Dick Warbel, ex-university of Oregon; pitcher Gene Ballantyne; pitcher Bob Stephenson who was with Salem in 1948; catcher Bob Courage, with Salem last year; shortstop Ted Yeaman. ex-Portland semi-pro player; outfielder Orrin Snyder, with Salem last year; and outfielder Marv Diercks, Seaside.
Seattle Sends Tran Down Line
PALM SPRINGS, Calif., Mar. 27—Len Tran, rookie second baseman, was optioned by Seattle yesterday to Birmingham of the Southern Association.
Tran figured heavily in Rainiers' strategy for the coming season off his past performances with Vancouver in the Western International league, but general manager Earl Sheely said the rookie had lost considerable weight and appeared nervous during spring training.
In other moves, the Seattle management shipped Bill Heisner, promising young catcher, to Vancouver and sent pitcher Gene Kelly to Raleigh, N. C.
YAKIMA, Wash., March 28—Herman Wedemeyer, the Honolulu flash who starred in football at St. Mary's and among the pros will make his professional baseball debut with the Yakima Bears of the Western International league.
Wedemeyer, who worked out briefly with the San Francisco Seals, signed with Yakima yesterday.
He is a centerfielder.