Molitor may opt for Minnesota

April 18, 1992

Paul Molitor, who has always talked about the possibility of finishing his career in the Twin Cities, says he hopes the Minnesota Twins try to sign him if he doesn't reach an agreement with the Milwaukee Brewers.

The St. Paul native, who turns 36 in August, becomes a free agent at season's end.

"A part of me is curious about playing here," said Molitor. He said he hoped to emulate local player Jack Morris, who helped the Twins to the World Series championship last year.

"Being here to see the World Series games and watching Jack do what he did hurt a little bit," Molitor said. "I would have liked to have been a part of it."

Brewers general manager Sal Bando indicated he plans to keep Molitor in Milwaukee, where he has played since his major-league debut in 1978. Bando said he will speak to

Molitor's agent, Ron Simon, about a new deal sometime this month.

Molitor will earn a little more than $3.4 million this season.

* PHILLIES: Right-hander Jose DeJesus will undergo arthroscopic surgery Tuesday in Los Angeles to determine the severity of a torn rotator cuff in his pitching shoulder.

DeJesus, the third starter in the Phillies five-man rotation, was sidelined with a sore shoulder in spring training and started the season on the disabled list.

Phillies team physician Phillip Marone said April 8 that a Magnetic Resonance Imaging showed a torn rotator cuff and "multidirectional laxity" in the shoulder.

Multidirectional laxity is described as a loose muscle condition.

DeJesus was 10-9 with a 3.42 ERA last season.

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