OAKLAND, Calif. -- Oakland Athletics shortstop Walt Weiss will be lost for the remainder of the playoffs as a result of a base-path collision with Boston Red Sox outfielder Ellis Burks in Game 2 on Sunday night.
Weiss suffered a sprained medial collateral ligament when he was upended by Burks in the eighth inning. He was able to walk off the field, raising hopes that the injury would not end his season, but he underwent an MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) after the A's returned from Boston early yesterday morning.
The results were read by A's orthopedist Dr. Rick Bost, who told the club that Weiss would be out for at least the remainder of the playoffs. His condition will be re-evaluated if the A's reach the World Series, but it appears doubtful that he will play again this year.
Weiss missed 65 games in 1989 with a knee injury, and the club got by with utility infielder Mike Gallego. This year, the club is even better prepared to deal with the loss, with Willie Randolph to play second base when Gallego moves over.
"We've played without him [Weiss] before, and we did all right," manager Tony La Russa said, "but it wasn't much fun."
* Red Sox manager Joe Morgan, who Sunday seemed to be leaning away from bringing Roger Clemens back on three days' rest, now appears to be looking at Clemens as the Game 4 starter after all.
"We haven't decided yet," he said. "We'll talk to Roger and see how he feels. If he's sound, he could come back again [in a possible Game 7]."
That reasoning is far from revolutionary, but Clemens has made just two starts since Sept. 4 because of shoulder tendinitis. The apparent change of heart might have come at Clemens' request, but he hasn't said a word publicly about anything during this series.
* The Red Sox and A's each held voluntary workouts yesterday, but there weren't all that many volunteers. There were only 12 Red Sox personnel (three of them coaches) in uniform, and Wade Boggs was the only member of the starting lineup to show up.
* Somebody asked Boggs how frustrating it has been to be in control in each of the first two games through the seventh inning.
"Abner Doubleday made the game nine innings," he said. "If he had made it seven innings, we'd be up 2-0, but he didn't."
* Dennis Eckersley and Dwight Evans have been friends for a long time. They played together in Boston. Evans was in Eckersley's wedding. But when Eckersley pumped his fist in jubilation throwing strike three past his old friend Sunday night, their relationship took a wrong turn.
"I really wanted it to come down to that, to that situation, and he beat me," Evans said, "but I don't appreciate being shown up, and I can't wait to face him again."
Eckersley was not particularly apologetic after recording his eighth career save in championship series play.
"If you can't show emotion in the playoffs," he said, "when can you?"