Hermanson may have back surgery after season

Updated: August 15, 2005, 11:04 AM ET
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Chicago White Sox: Dustin Hermanson told the Chicago Sun-Times he's considering offseason back surgery if the injury doesn't go away in the next few months.

"Oh, yeah, I would," Hermanson told the newspaper. "It's tough to pitch like this. I wouldn't wish this upon any pitcher to have to go out and pitch through this. I think it makes you concentrate a little bit more while you're out there, but you don't have the stuff that you normally would."

The White Sox's closer said he was told he has a degenerative vertebra problem. Hermanson, however, said he's not expected to go on the disabled list.

Detroit Tigers: Tigers left fielder Rondell White dislocated his left shoulder while diving for David DeJesus' inside-the-park homer during the first game of a doubleheader Sunday against the Kansas City Royals.

Manager Alan Trammell said White would go on the disabled list Monday and outfielder Curtis Granderson, who was hitting .291 with 15 home runs and 65 RBI with Triple-A Toledo, will be recalled.

Granderson was up earlier this season, hitting .318 with two home runs, two triples and four RBI in six games.

White will have an MRI on Monday when the Tigers return to Detroit.

"It doesn't look good," Trammell said. "It didn't want to pop back in, so they took him to the hospital. It wasn't good right away. He was in severe pain. He was saying, 'I can't believe my luck,' as he left the field.

"It was a worst-case scenario. Not only did we lose a player -- which the player was my first concern -- but we lost a run."

White stayed down in pain on the Kauffman Stadium grass as DeJesus circled the bases in the third inning. White missed the final six weeks of the 2000 season with a dislocated left shoulder.

Center fielder Craig Monroe moved to left after White's injury, and Nook Logan took over in center.

Oakland Athletics: The team will be without rookie outfielder Nick Swisher for at least the next three days.

Prior to their game against the Twins on Sunday, the A's placed Swisher on the bereavement list, on which players must spend a minimum of three days and a maximum of seven.

Swisher, who was Oakland's first-round pick in 2002, is hitting .256 with 16 homers and 58 RBI in 92 games this season.

To replace Swisher on their roster, the A's recalled outfielder Matt Watson from Triple-A Sacramento of the Pacific Coast League. In a 12-game stint with Oakland earlier this season, Watson hit .152 (5-for-33) with three RBI.

Cleveland Indians: Right-hander Jeremy Guthrie was sent back to Triple-A Buffalo on Sunday, one day after being called up by Cleveland and pitching six innings of relief.

The Indians recalled outfielder Jason Dubois from Buffalo.

Guthrie allowed four runs in an 8-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on Saturday night. He was called up before the game when left-hander Arthur Rhodes went on the disabled list with a sore right knee.

Dubois hit .271 (5-for-23) with three homers and seven RBI in six games after being sent to Buffalo on Aug. 4. Acquired by Cleveland from the Chicago Cubs on July 18 in a trade for outfielder Jody Gerut, the 26-year-old Dubois played in 10 games for the Indians, hitting .242 (8-for-33) with two homers and two RBI.

Arizona Diamondbacks: Just $1.5 million separate No. 1 overall draft pick Justin Upton and the Diamondbacks in their contract negotiations, according to the Arizona Republic.

The two sides have until Aug. 30 before Upton could be unavailable to start his pro career with the franchise until next season. The high school shortstop out of Chesapeake, Va., is considering enrollment at Louisburg (N.C.) Junior College.

The Diamondbacks faced a similar situation with 2004 first-round pick Stephen Drew and even though Drew backed out of re-enrolling at Florida State, it took an 11th-hour deal to sign him in May.

Upton, however, has been seeking a deal worth $6.25 million and he and his adviser, Larry Reynolds, don't seem ready to budge. The White Sox paid Joe Borchard a $5.3 million bonus in 2000, the highest in a non-major league deal.

Milwaukee Brewers: The Brewers transferred injured third baseman Jeff Cirillo to the 60-day disabled list on Sunday and placed pitchers Matt Wise and Julio Santana on the 15-day DL.

Cirillo has been on the DL since June 25 because of a broken finger on his left hand. Wise strained a rib muscle and was placed on the DL retroactive to Aug. 9, while Santana's move was made retroactive to Aug. 10. The right-hander is battling elbow tendinitis in his throwing arm.

The Brewers called up right-handers Jose Capellan and Kane Davis, both from Triple-A Nashville. They join outfielder Corey Hart, who was called up after Saturday night's game.

Seattle Mariners: The Mariners optioned right-hander Jeff Harris back to Triple-A Tacoma on Sunday. A corresponding roster move has not been announced.

Harris, 31, a former independent league player who was signed by the Mariners last December, was 0-1 with a 2.51 ERA in three games. He made his debut on Aug. 2 in Detroit in an emergency start and worked five scoreless innings.

Seattle had been carrying 13 pitchers and will likely add a position player. Manager Mike Hargrove said Harris pitched well but was caught in a numbers game.

"It really applies in this instance," he said.

Harris earned his promotion by going 10-2 with a 2.62 ERA at Tacoma.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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