Back problems sideline Gaston

August 22, 1991

Toronto Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston was admitted to a Toronto hospital yesterday with an inflamed sciatic nerve and a herniated disk.

Batting coach Gene Tenace will assume the managerial duties until Gaston returns, the team said.

The club did not say when Gaston, 47, would be released from the hospital but indicated he probably would need at least a week of bed rest.

* Umpire Joe West, upset that a replay of a routine play at the plate was shown on a video screen last night, threatened to forfeit the second game of the Cardinals-Mets doubleheader at Shea Stadium unless the scoreboard was shut off immediately.

A Mets spokesman said at the time that it was not known whether West's threat was valid under the rules. The club complied with West's order.

* National League umpire Bruce Froemming charged that Gene Orza, general counsel of baseball's players union, took "cheap shots" at umpires.

Orza was quoted by The New York Times as saying it was time to stop treating umpires as a "sacrosanct community of monks" and contended that players and managers have complained about some umps being overbearing and vindictive.

Froemming said, "What he knows you could put in a thimble."

* LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES: Greg Isom's two-run double in the fourth inning lifted San Ramon Valley, Calif., to a 5-4 victory over Dunedin, Fla., in the quarterfinals in Williamsport, Pa.

The California team overcame five errors to gain a berth in today's U.S. championship against Staten Island, N.Y., which beat Hamilton, Ohio, 8-0, in the day's first game.

The other semifinal will pit Taiwan against Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, which beat Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, a team filled with the sons and a daughter of American and Canadian oil workers, 5-3. Taiwan beat the Dominican Republic, 3-2, on Tuesday.

* WHITE SOX: Bo Jackson was assigned to Class A Sarasota to continue his rehabilitation from a hip injury and should play there this weekend as a designated hitter.

The White Sox said that if Jackson's rehabilitation continues to improve, he would play Monday for Class AA Birmingham.

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