Eric Davis doesn't want to play again until he's fully healthy, even if it means the Cincinnati Reds will have to try to make a stretch run without him.
Davis said yesterday that he wants time to recover from chronic tiredness and lower-back pains that have bothered him in recent weeks. Davis thinks the problems are a result of the severe kidney injury he suffered during the World Series, though tests revealed nothing.
He met with managing partner Marge Schott before last night's game against the San Francisco Giants to inform her of his decision.
* MADLOCK: Deputy commissioner Steve Greenberg was negligent as Bill Madlock's agent, an arbitrator ruled, but the four-time batting champion is not entitled to damages because the statute of limitations expired eight days before the suit was filed.
* RED SOX: Doctors still are seeking the cause of relief pitcher Jeff Gray's illness four days after he collapsed in the clubhouse.
Dr. Arthur Pappas, the Red Sox's team doctor, said no diagnosis has been made and results of further tests are needed because "we're still dealing with slurring of speech and weakness in the [right] arm and leg."
"Jeff is feeling better, his spirits are outstanding and he's looking forward to returning," Pappas said. "So far as when we'll be able to make any projections as to recovery, I think we're at least a week and possibly two weeks away."