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Thigpen nearing a return home

By TOM ZUCCO, TIMES WIRES

© St. Petersburg Times
published April 15, 2003


ST. PETERSBURG -- Former All-Star reliever Bobby Thigpen was moved out of an intensive-care unit Monday at Bayfront Medical Center and may be able to return home this week.

Thigpen, 39, who saved a record 57 games for the Chicago White Sox in 1990 and last played in the majors in 1994, suffered internal injuries when he fell in a stairway at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa on Thursday night. He was attending the Washington-Tampa Bay NHL playoff game.

"He's doing great," Thigpen's wife, Keri, said Monday. "The doctors are extremely pleased with his progress. He's sitting in a chair and even doing some walking."

Thigpen lost nearly a gallon of blood and injured his kidney and spleen. He was taken to Bayfront on Friday and had a three-hour operation to stem the bleeding.

PROTEST STOPS GAME: Two spectators ran on the field and unfurled an antiwar banner at the game between the Expos and Mets in San Juan.

After the Mets' Tony Clark hit a two-run homer in the fifth, the fans jumped from the stands and ran on the field. They displayed a banner that read, "No a la guerra" ("No to the war") with a drawing of a gun.

About a dozen police and security officials converged on them, and umpire Joe West appeared to say something to the them. The banner was taken by the security officials, and the spectators dragged from the field.

The game continued after a delay of about three minutes.

A'S: Infielder Scott Hatteberg had an MRI exam and X-rays for a sore right ankle. Results won't be known until later this week.

CARDINALS: Leftfielder Albert Pujols was hit in his right hand by a fastball from Brewers reliever Curtis Leskanic in the seventh inning. There was no immediate word on the extent of his injury.

CUBS: Though right-hander Joe Borowski is 3-for-3 in save opportunities, manager Dusty Baker said he will continue to decide who closes based on matchups.

DODGERS: The team has settled a suit filed by a flight attendant who said former pitcher Carlos Perez and ex-shortstop Kevin Elster were responsible for spinal cord and neck injuries. Sandra L. Komine said she was injured during a flight from San Francisco to Los Angeles on July 2, 2000. She was seeking $3-million in compensatory damages and unspecified punitive damages. The settlement was confidential.

GIANTS: Second baseman Ray Durham was held out of the lineup as a precaution. He left Sunday's game in the fourth inning with a mild strain of his right groin.

INDIANS: Right-hander Aaron Myette, rehabilitating his strained right quads, was moved to Triple-A Buffalo after pitching five hitless innings and striking out seven in three outings at Double-A Akron.

MARINERS: Left-hander Arthur Rhodes returned to the bullpen after two days off while his wife delivered a son. Right-hander Giovanni Carrara remained excused after his wife had twin boys Sunday.

PHILLIES: Rookie centerfielder Marlon Byrd went on the 15-day disabled list with an injured left knee. Right-handed reliever Turk Wendell and outfielder Jason Michaels were activated, and right-handed reliever Eric Junge was sent to Triple-A Scranton. ... Right-hander Brandon Duckworth, on the disabled list since the start of the season, will make one more rehabilitation start for Double-A Reading on Wednesday.

RANGERS: Outfielder Kevin Mench was sent to Double-A Frisco for a rehabilitation assignment. Also, outfielder Rusty Greer was transferred from the 15-day to the 60-day DL. Greer is expected to miss the season because of several injuries. ... Players signed a jersey to send to Chief Warrant Officer Ronald D. Young Jr., one of the seven American POWs rescued last weekend. Young is the cousin of catcher Todd Greene's wife. ... Right-hander Todd Van Poppel pitched another simulated game, and manager Buck Showalter said he will get one more before being sent on a rehabilitation assignment.

REDS: Shortstop Barry Larkin went on the 15-day DL with a strained left calf. Larkin, in his 18th season with Cincinnati, was injured while legging out a triple Thursday in Houston.

YANKEES: Right-hander Jeff Weaver appealed the $1,000 fine he received for throwing near the head of Detroit's Carlos Pena in a March 24 exhibition game.

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