Keough released from hospital, could pitch again this season American League notes


California Angels pitcher Matt Keough was released from Scottsdale (Ariz.) Memorial Hospital yesterday and returned to his home in Orange County, Calif.

Keough was struck in the head by a foul ball during an Angels-San Francisco Giants game at Scottsdale Stadium on Monday and needed emergency brain surgery to relieve pressure from a blood clot.

Keough, 36, will be examined by another neurosurgeon this week, according to Angels spokesmen. Doctors recommend that Keough not attempt to play baseball for three to four months.

* YANKEES: Reliever Steve Howe will have separate trials on his two federal drug charges, U.S. Magistrate Bart Erickson has decided.

In an order issued this week in Missoula, Mont., Erickson agreed with a requests by defense attorneys that Howe should not be tried on both charges May 5.

Instead, his trial for allegedly attempting to buy one gram of cocaine will begin that day, the judge ruled, and a trial on the charge that Howe possessed 2 grams of cocaine will be held at a later date.

Erickson is scheduled to hear arguments from Howe's attorneys March 30 on whether their client's handwritten confession should be used as evidence.

Meanwhile, Joseph Molloy, nominated to become the club's managing general partner, said he was hiring Barry Halper as the team's vice president of baseball operations.

Halper, a limited partner in the team and a well-known memorabilia collector, will oversee all matters in baseball operations. General manager Gene Michael will report to Halper.

Halper will focus on the team's major-league operations in New York, but also will work in player development and scouting.

* WHITE SOX: Catcher Carlton Fisk will be sidelined at least until Monday because of a sore right foot.

The 44-year-old catcher has an inflammation of the muscle under his arch, and X-rays also revealed a bone spur.

Meanwhile, the club, in the market for a designated hitter, is reportedly interested in Jesse Barfield of the Yankees. The Yankees are said to want pitcher Greg Hibbard.

* RED SOX: First baseman Carlos Quintana, who hit .295 with 11 home runs and 71 RBI last season, will miss at least the first half of the season while a fractured left arm heals, the club said.

Quintana, who fractured the upper bone of his left arm during an auto crash in Venezuela last month, was examined by team physician Dr. Arthur Pappas at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center.

Pappas also said Quintana was unable to extend his left wrist or lift his fingers, perhaps indicating radial nerve damage.

* BLUE JAYS: The club expects Dave Stieb (herniated disk) to be ready to pitch in a game before the end of spring training.

* INDIANS: Outfielder Mark Whiten has a sore arm.

* TIGERS: Outfielder Milt Cuyler has a strained quadriceps muscle.

* ATHLETICS: Center fielder Dave Henderson has a sore right calf and will be sidelined for about a week.

* RANGERS: Reliever Jeff Russell continues to sit out because of a spur in his right elbow.

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