'The Big Hurt' is on hurt list

September 29, 1993|By Chicago Tribune

CHICAGO -- Frank Thomas' status for the rest of the regular season and the playoffs remained uncertain yesterday as treatments continued on the White Sox star's swollen left arm.

Thomas took himself out of Monday night's clincher soon after he couldn't reach to snag a low throw from Robin Ventura. He probably will miss at least three games, and said more testing may be ahead.

"We might do one," he said of a magnetic resonance imaging test. "I don't know yet. It's really swollen."

That MRI test was scheduled yesterday but was postponed. X-rays taken after he jammed his arm against a fence chasing a foul fly Sept. 19 in Oakland, Calif., were negative. Officially, the injury is a bruise, but Thomas said he suspects it could be more serious.

Manager Gene Lamont said yesterday it's doubtful Thomas will play in any of the final three games against Seattle, but hoped he could get some at-bats before the Sox begin their American League Championship Series against Toronto next Tuesday.

"It seems like it's gotten a little worse," Lamont said. "Hopefully, some rest -- whatever it takes -- and he'll be all right.

The rest could cost Thomas the AL RBI title. Cleveland's Albert Belle had one last night to tie him for the league lead with 126.

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