Some paralysis in Palermo's leg


American League umpire Steve Palermo, recovering from a gunshot wound in the back suffered while helping two robbery victims, is experiencing "some degree of leg immobility," his doctor said yesterday.

Palermo underwent surgery at Parkland Hospital in Dallas on Sunday, and the American League announced earlier in the week that there was no indication Palermo was suffering any paralysis from the wound.

But in a statement late yesterday, the American League said that diagnostic studies "have now confirmed that injury to the nerve controlling his leg function did occur, and that some degree of leg immobility exists at this time."

The statement, which a league spokesman said was based on a conversation with Palermo's doctor, added that rehabilitation "will be started next week, but neither the length of the rehabilitation period, nor the degree of recovery, can be predicted at this time."

* TWINS: Jack Morris is scheduled to take his regular turn iMinnesota's pitching rotation tomorrow, although he still hurts from the grounder he took off his foot in the All-Star Game.

"There's a little bit of swelling, and it's black and blue," Morris said yesterday. "But I ran today and everything's fine."

Meanwhile, Scott Erickson (12-3, 1.83 ERA) threw for 20 minutes with no pain Wednesday in his first workout since going on the disabled list June 30 with a strained right elbow.

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