Bo Jackson took batting practice for the first time this season yesterday, and Chicago White Sox manager Jeff Torborg said there is a possibility the outfielder could resume his baseball career next month.
Jackson, who has an injured left hip, faced approximately 75 under-handed pitches from teammate Frank Thomas in a batting cage beneath Comiskey Park. Jackson then went on the field and threw for about 10 minutes with pitcher Melido Perez.
* UECKER: Former major-league catcher Bob Uecker, the voice of the Milwaukee Brewers for the past 20 years, is expected to undergo surgery within the next few days for an aneurysm of the abdominal aorta.
* UMPIRE: Although the exact damage of American League umpire Steve Palermo's gunshot wound has not been determined, a spinal-cord specialist said yesterday that prospects for his recovery appear good. Palermo, who was shot earlier this month while aiding two robbery victims, underwent -- more tests at the Dallas Rehabilitation Institute, where he was transferred Monday from Parkland Memorial Hospital.
* PADRES: Right-hander Ed Whitson underwent arthroscopic surgery to remove a bone spur from his pitching elbow and is scheduled to begin rehabilitating the joint today.
* TIGERS: Shortstop Alan Trammell sprained his right ankle last night as he ran out a grounder leading off the third inning against the Texas Rangers. His status is listed as day-to-day.
* ASTROS: Starter Jim Deshaies left last night's game in Pittsburgh after throwing three pitches when he was struck in the left forearm by Gary Redus' line drive. He has a bruised forearm. X-rays were negative.
* ASTROS SALE: A local financing group interested in buying the team has renewed talks with owner John McMullen, reviving efforts to keep the team in Houston. KRIV-TV in Houston reported yesterday that six principals in a group headed by Ben Love, former chairman of Texas Commerce Bancshares, and his son, Jeff, a Houston attorney, are again negotiating with McMullen and representatives of Salomon Brothers, the Chicago-based investment firm handling the Astros sale.