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COMEBACK CANDIDATES

Ten players who were fantasy disappointments last season with the ability to come back strong in 1998:

Sean Berry, 3B, Houston: Groin and calf injuries limited him to 96 games with eight homers and 43 RBIs after going .281-17-95 in '96.

Jeff Brantley, RP, St. Louis: Shoulder surgery shortened year to one save and 13 games, on heels of a 44-save season for Cincinnati in '96.

Marty Cordova, OF, Minnesota: The '95 AL Rookie of the Year was hampered by a foot injury. Missed 40 games and hit just .246, down from .309 in '96.

Russ Davis, 3B, Seattle: Late-August sprained ankle cost him the rest of the season after a fine start with 20 homers and 63 RBIs.

Chuck Finley, SP, Anaheim: Potentially great season (13-6, 4.23 ERA) was shortcircuited because of a broken left wrist in August.

Ron Gant, OF, St. Louis: Most disturbing, he fanned 162 times and hit only .229. Hit only two of his 16 homers after July 19.

John Jaha, 1B, Milwaukee: His averaged dropped to .247 because of a left shoulder injury last year after a terrific .300-34-118 in '96.

Brian Jordan, OF, St. Louis: Had surgery for a bulging disk and hit just .234 in 47 games. Produced a .310 average and 104 RBIs in '96.

Hal Morris, 1B, Kansas City: Fresh start in a new league for a terrific hitter. Shoulder troubles caused his average to drop to .276 after hitting .313 for the Reds in '96.

Donovan Osborne, SP, St. Louis: Hernia surgery limited him to 14 starts and his win total dropped from 13 in '96 to three.
-- TOM BORRELLI