Dravecky adjusts after surgery


July 16, 1991

Former San Francisco Giants pitcher Dave Dravecky's new career is public speaking, at least during his recovery from the amputation of his throwing arm and shoulder in a struggle against cancer.

Dravecky held his first news conference since his release from Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York on June 24, saying he views last month's surgery as only a temporary setback.

"There's adjustments that I have to make, but there's nothing out there that I don't want to do," he said in Orlando, Fla.

* ROYALS: Catcher Mike Macfarlane was injured in a home-plate collision with the Toronto Blue Jays' Joe Carter and could be out up to six weeks. He was to be tested today at a hospital.

* PIRATES: Manager Jim Leyland, who was hospitalized overnight after experiencing chest pain, was back at work after doctors said he could resume normal activities. Physicians said the pain that Leyland, 46, experienced Sunday night while returning to Pittsburgh from Cincinnati apparently was the result of tension and anxiety.

* UMPIRE: American League umpire Steve Palermo was transferred from a hospital to a therapy center where doctors said he will continue rehabilitation to recover from a gunshot wound in the back.

* BRAVES: Catcher Mike Heath will be out for the remainder of the season after undergoing three hours of elbow surgery earlier in the day. The Braves said Dr. Joe Chandler removed 15 loose bone chips from Heath's right elbow.

* GIANTS: Pitcher Scott Garrelts will be out until at least mid-1992 and will undergo major surgery on his right elbow Thursday, the club announced. Garrelts has a partially torn tendon in the elbow and has not pitched since June 10.

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