Oakland Athletics third baseman Carney Lansford, who injured his left knee in a snowmobile accident on New Year's Eve, underwent more than three hours' surgery yesterday and probably won't play for nine months, the team's doctor said.
Rick Bost, the A's orthopedist, said exploratory arthroscopic surgery confirmed an earlier Magnetic Resonance Imaging test showing damage to two major ligaments.
The medial collateral ligament was repaired, and the anterior cruciate ligament was entirely reconstructed, Bost said.
* Mike Flanagan, 39, joined the Baltimore Orioles working out at Memorial Stadium and said he has received feelers for a return to the big leagues.
"Indirectly, I've heard from Boston and some other clubs I don't know if I even should name," said Flanagan, who was 2-2 with a 5.31 ERA in five starts before being let go by the Toronto Blue Jays last season. "I want something a little more concrete than an invite to spring training."
Of his chances to return to the Orioles, with whom he won the 1979Cy Young Award, Flanagan said: "This way, the Orioles have a chance to see me firsthand. But if I do come back, I don't want it to be a gratuity move. I want to help."
Manager Frank Robinson said it is premature to think about Flanagan rejoining the Orioles, "but if it came down to it, we wouldn't be opposed to taking a look."
* Pitcher Ben McDonald will participate with other professional athletes in a slam-dunk contest in Boca Raton, Fla., tomorrow night.
"It's part of my contract with Nike," McDonald said from Louisiana. "One of the things I have to do is appear in this. I don't know how it's going to work out because I haven't been playing much basketball."
Robinson said: "This is news to me. I'm not opposed to it, but I'm not excited about it."
General manager Roland Hemond and president Larry Lucchino were not available to comment on whether McDonald's Orioles contract forbids such activity.