The mystery surrounding Eddie Murray's apparent rib injury didn't get much clearer yesterday, one day after a published report said the Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman was treated for a fractured rib by a private physician before the All-Star break.
Murray was not forthcoming, saying: "I'm fine. Do you believe everything you read? . . . It doesn't do any good [to discuss it], one way or the other."
Murray did not deny the report. Asked if it was true and the injury since has healed, Murray answered, "I'm feeling pretty good."
Executive vice president Fred Claire and team medical personnel said they were caught by surprise, and were at a loss to explain why Murray would not have reported the injury to team trainers or physicians.
* WHITE SOX: Chicago will announce Bo Jackson's rehabilitation assignment tomorrow.
Jackson, sidelined with a hip injury since January, has undergone daily treatment and spent several months on crutches. He underwent his monthly examination at Comiskey Park yesterday afternoon.
* BRAVES: After testing his aching back in three games against Class A pitching, David Justice flew to Cincinnati to join the Braves for today's doubleheader against the Reds. He was not immediately activated, however.
* MARINERS: Baseball commissioner Fay Vincent met with government and business representatives, then said he thinks the Mariners will stay in Seattle if they can get enough local support.
* WHITE SOX: The three-game suspension of pitcher Jack McDowell was upheld by AL president Bobby Brown, and McDowell will begin serving the suspension today.
McDowell was suspended for fighting with Mark Whiten, then of the Toronto Blue Jays, on May 19. McDowell threw a pitch behind Whiten's legs, the outfielder charged the mound and a brawl ensued.