Chicago White Sox outfielder Bo Jackson began his comeback from a career-threatening hip injury yesterday with a pair of infield singles and two RBI during a day-night doubleheader for the Class A Sarasota White Sox.
"I'm happy with my performance, but there's always room for improvement," said Jackson, who was a combined 2-for-6 and looked good enough that Chicago general manager Ron Schueler indicated the White Sox may activate him next month.
"To see him run to first base in 4.3 (seconds), when a month ago he was on crutches, was very encouraging," Schueler said. "With the progress he's making, he will be able to help us in September."
Jackson will continue his rehabilitation with the Class AA Birmingham Barons tonight.
* ANGELS: Fernando Valenzuela hurt his chances of making it back to the majors, giving nine runs on eight hits in one inning-plus for Class AAA Edmonton in a game against Calgary.
* METS: Doctors told outfielder Hubie Brooks, 34,that the numbness he has experienced in his right arm and fingertips could be signs of a herniated disk that could end his career.
* YANKEES: The club is talking to the Royals about trading for third baseman Kevin Seitzer, who has started one game this month, the McClatchy News Service reported. The Yankees have used eight third basemen this season.
Meanwhile, the Yankees and top draft choice Brien Taylor continued negotiations yesterday, with the club trying to persuade the 19-year-old left-hander not to enroll in college and the pitcher apparently holding fast with his demand for a major-league contract.
The Yankees, who previously offered a $650,000, three-year contract, have reportedly raised their proposal to as much as $900,000 in an attempt to beat a deadline of last night imposed by Taylor's mother, Bettie.