"The excellent performance of the team to-date [second place in the NL East] indicates that Dal knew what he was doing when he put the team together," said Fred L. Kuhlmann, president and chief executive officer of the team. "And Joe has taken those players and is carefully cultivating them into a winning team that we expect will be a contending team for many years to come."
* RANGERS: Outfielder Jack Daugherty, who felt stomach pains Sunday during batting practice and was taken to the hospital, underwent surgery in Chicago to remove his appendix yesterday and is expected to miss four to six weeks.
Meanwhile, Nolan Ryan, bothered by a sore shoulder for the second time in six weeks, is improving and has told the club to plan on him making his next start, Thursday at Oakland.
* BREWERS: Pitcher Chris Bosio says he would welcome a trade ZTC if Milwaukee decides to deal him to another team. The Milwaukee Journal quoted unidentified sources yesterday as saying Brewers general manager Harry Dalton offered to trade Bosio to the Cincinnati Reds and that the San Francisco Giants also had an interest in the right-hander.
* DRAVECKY: Former major-league pitcher Dave Dravecky was discharged from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York yesterday, six days after his left arm and shoulder were amputated.
Dr. Murray Brennan, chairman of the hospital's Department of Surgery, who performed the operation, described Dravecky's recovery as, "superb, both physically and psychologically." The surgeon said Dravecky's long-term prognosis continues to be excellent.