Jackson to be honored as an A in May

Updated: May 2, 2004, 11:50 PM ET
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Oakland A's: More than 10 years have passed since Oakland retired the uniform numbers of Catfish Hunter and Rollie Fingers, and in a ceremony this month the A's will likewise honor their teammate Reggie Jackson, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. "It's nice," Jackson told the paper. "I'm happy about, I would say, re-engaging with Oakland, where I got my start and had some of my greatest years.

"It's about time."

Jackson both entered the Hall of Fame and had his Yankees number (44) retired in 1993. (The Yankees slugger took the No. 44 because Roger Maris' No. 9 was already retired.) But though he played with the A's for 10 years (as opposed to five in New York), the team allowed other players to wear his No. 9. Olmedo Saenz most recently wore the number.

Oakland will retire the number on May 22 during what the team is calling Reggie Jackson Weekend.

San Diego Padres: Ryan Klesko could be out at least another week with a strained abdominal muscle, the left-fielder told the San Diego Union-Tribune on Sunday.

Klesko sustained the injury to his right oblique before Friday's game against the Mets. The injury also caused him to have back spasms.

"I went into spasms in the back area because of the location of the strain," he told the paper.

Assistant trainer Jim Daniel told the Union-Tribune that Klesko won't be allowed to do any exercises until Tuesday. Brian Buchanan started for Klesko on Saturday night.

New York Yankees: Outfielder Kenny Lofton was activated Sunday and outfielder Bubba Crosby was optioned to the team's Triple-A affiliate at Columbus.

Lofton had been on the disabled list since April 18 with a strained right quad after going hitless in his last 10 at-bats. He was hitting .167 in six games.

Crosby made the team out of spring training and batted .222 in 11 games with two home runs.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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