Twins' Pagliarulo faces surgery, will be out at least one month

April 26, 1992

BASEBALL NOTES — Third baseman Mike Pagliarulo will undergo surgery Tuesday to have a bone fragment removed from his right hand and will be lost to the Minnesota Twins at least four weeks.

Pagliarulo broke the hook of the hamate bone in his hand during batting practice before Wednesday's game in Seattle. The bone is on the underside of the hand near the wrist.

This is the second time this season Pagliarulo has been on the disabled list. He was hit in the head by a David West pitch and suffered a partially perforated eardrum during spring training and missed the first week of the season.

"Two of the freakiest things, it's just unbelievable," Pagliarulo said Friday. "Maybe one of those things is freaky enough to happen to a person once in his career, and they both happen to me within two months."

* METS: Outfielder Dave Gallagher, who has a broken right hand, was placed on the 15-day disabled list yesterday.

Gallagher was injured in Friday night's 4-3 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies when he stole third base in the eighth

inning. He is expected to be out four to six weeks.

To replace Gallagher, the Mets purchased the contract of switch-hitting infielder-outfielder Jeff McKnight from Tidewater of the International League. McKnight was hitting .263 in 13 games with Tidewater. Last year, he batted .171 with the Orioles.

* RANGERS: At the age of 45, Nolan Ryan says he has no idea when he'll have to pack it in as the major league's oldest player.

"There's no way of predicting time," said the all-time strikeout king, who has 5,515 along with 314 victories, including seven no-hitters.

He casually dismisses nagging injuries often associated with aging athletes, confident that his lifestyle will permit him to bounce back.

"The older I get the more I enjoy being in shape," Ryan said before his scheduled 735th career start in a game with the Boston Red Sox was postponed because of rain yesterday.

Ryan has been on the disabled list since lasting just 4 1/3 innings in a no-decision against Seattle in the season opener April 6. He says he has overcome a left calf strain and tendinitis in his right Achilles' tendon.

"I've thrown batting practice for 20 to 30 minutes at a time, simulating game conditions, and I don't feel I've lost a lot," he said. "I've been able to throw, but not run. I've been maintaining my legs in the pool and on machines."

* Undercover narcotics officers arrested former major-league outfielder Derrel Thomas and booked him for investigation of purchasing 10 kilograms of cocaine, police said.

Thomas, 41, now a high school baseball coach in Los Angeles, was apprehended in a police sting operation Friday night at a fast-food restaurant, where officers had arranged to sell the drugs for $140,000, Sgt. Michael Harvey said.

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