A's Lansford injures shoulder, knee in snowmobile accident


Oakland third baseman Carney Lansford was examined yesterday for injuries, described by the Athletics as "serious," suffered in a snowmobiling accident last week, a team spokesman said.

Lansford injured his right shoulder and left knee while riding a snowmobile near his home in Baker, Ore., Monday, team spokesman Jay Alves said.

Alves said he did not know the exact nature of Lansford's injuries but that no bones were broken. However, a team news release described the injuries as "serious."

"He's undergoing tests at this time in San Francisco, and we won't know anything until tomorrow," Alves said.

Lansford, 33, has played for the Athletics since 1983. He hit .268 last

season with three homers and 50 RBI, as Oakland won its third straight American League pennant.

He is a .292 career hitter in 12 major-league seasons.

Lansford was examined yesterday by a team orthopedist at Children's Hospital in San Francisco, according to the news release. The results will be released today, Alves said.

* YANKEES: The Yankees, needing a spot for Scott Sanderson on their 40-man roster, designated Rick Cerone yesterday for assignment. The move means they have 10 days in which to trade or release Cerone or persuade him to accept assignment to the minor leagues. Release is the most likely choice.

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