Gruber out with injured thumb

May 08, 1991

Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Kelly Gruber, suffering from a sprained ligament and a chip fracture in his right thumb, was placed on the 15-day disabled list yesterday, retroactive to Thursday, when he was injured during a rundown in a game against the Texas Rangers.

* BREWERS: Reliever Edwin Nunez will need surgery to repair a ruptured disk in his back and will be out for three to four months. Nunez was placed on the 60-day disabled list and will undergo surgery today at Sinai Samaritan Medical Center in Milwaukee.

* TIGERS: Infielder Tony Bernazard, who signed as a free agent on Dec. 7, was waived. His $525,000 contract was guaranteed. The Tigers said Lloyd Moseby will come off the disabled list today to fill the roster vacancy. Moseby was put on the disabled list April 23 with an ankle injury.

* CARDINALS: Alice Torre, wife of St. Louis manager Joe Torre, was struck in the head by a bat in the second inning of the game last night. Alice Torre was seated in the front row of a box next to the Cardinals dugout when the bat slipped out of Mike Heath's hand on a swinging third strike and sailed into the seats.

She left the game under her own power. She later was reported in good condition after being taken to a hospital for stitches to the top of her head.

* RANGERS: Nolan Ryan is scheduled to pitch tonight in Toronto, his first appearance since no-hitting the Blue Jays, 3-0, a week ago at Arlington Stadium. Nobody has pitched back-to-back no-hitters since Johnny Vander Meer of the Cincinnati Reds in 1938.

* JURISPRUDENCE: The jury in the Howard Spira extortion trial signaled that it had made progress in its first full day of deliberations. "We have made progress, but we cannot finish tonight," the jury of 10 men and two women said in a message to Judge Louis Stanton of U.S. District Court in New York.

* OBITUARY: Cedric Tallis, who ran the Kansas City Royals and the New York Yankees during a 43-year career in professional baseball, died in Tampa, Fla., of a heart attack. He was 76.

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