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Big Hurt's injury may end his year

By wire services
Published July 30, 2005


CHICAGO - Slugger Frank Thomas is likely to miss the rest of the season for the AL Central-leading White Sox because of a fracture in his left foot close to where had surgery last year, his doctor said Friday.

The injury did not appear to be career-ending, surgeon Dr. Richard Ferkel said.

The 37-year-old Thomas is batting just .219 with 12 home runs and 26 RBIs in only 105 at-bats after starting the year on the disabled list. The two-time AL MVP has been slowed by ankle problems all season and limited to 34 games.

Thomas was placed on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 21 with inflammation in the foot.

"The plan for Frank will be to immobilize him in a cast and follow him with sequential X-rays until the fracture is healed," Ferkel said in a statement. "If the fracture does not heal with conservative treatment, he may require additional surgery in the future."

Thomas broke a bone in his left ankle July 6, 2004, and had surgery last October. He was activated from the disabled list on May 30.

Trainer Herm Schneider said it's doubtful if Thomas could recover quickly enough should the team make the playoffs.

Nevin could go to Rangers

Texas plans to trade pitcher Chan Ho Park to San Diego for slugger Phil Nevin, a deal that awaited approval from the commissioner's office.

"If the league okays it, then it's a done deal," Padres manager Bruce Bochy said. Rangers spokesman Gregg Elkin also said the trade was pending approval from the commissioner's office. Park was scratched just before his scheduled start and left the ballpark.

Nevin blocked a proposed trade to Baltimore for pitcher Sidney Ponson on Monday. But the slugger's limited no-trade clause did not include the right to refuse a deal to Texas.

Hunter injures ankle

Gold Glove center fielder Torii Hunter sprained a tendon in his left ankle trying to scale the outfield wall in the first inning and was taken off the field on a stretcher. X-rays showed no fracture, and Hunter will remain with the Twins through the weekend then go to Minnesota on Monday for an MRI to determine whether the tendon is torn, which would almost certainly require surgery and would likely end his season.

BLUE JAYS: Ace Roy Halladay expects to be activated from the disabled list next week, less than a month after a bone in his left leg was broken. Halladay threw 57 pitches in a simulated game and might return for Tuesday's game.

MARINERS: Centerfielder Jeremy Reed left the game with a mild concussion. Reed crashed into the centerfield wall in the top of the fourth inning trying to track down a drive by Cleveland's Grady Sizemore.

MINOR LEAGUES: Former major leaguer Steve Karsay and two other pitchers combined on a perfect game for Frisco in a 3-0 victory Thursday in the Texas League. Karsay, who was released by the Yankees on May 12, pitched the seventh and eighth innings.