GETTING THE THUMB:

Rangers RHP Nolan Ryan, already suffering from a stress fracture in his back, injured his right thumb on his way to a Sunday morning weightlifting session in Seattle.

A taxicab driver -- apparently upset by the potential small fare -- vigorously pushed the door open as Ryan reached for it, according to the Dallas Morning News. He is expected to start Friday.

NEON OR FREON:

Yankees OF Deion Sanders, with one hit in his last 27 at-bats, says that if the Yankees send him back to Class AAA Columbus he wouldn't hesitate to go to the Atlanta Falcons' training camp, which opens July 27.

Sanders probably will be docked salary by whichever team he shuns on that date.

MOVES:

The Tigers traded OF Tracy Jones (.229, 9 RBI) to the Mariners for 3B Darnell Coles (.215, 16 RBI) and purchased OF John Shelby from Toledo. The Tigers also announced that OF Ken Williams was claimed on waivers by the Blue Jays. . . .

Rangers 3B Steve Buechele (.194, 3 HR, 10 RBI) was placed on the 15-day disabled list with soreness in his right wrist. 3B Scott Coolbaugh was called up. . . . The Expos claimed OF Rolando Roomes (.213) on waivers from the Reds. . . . Mets C Barry Lyons will begin a 20-day rehabilitation for his back problem. He has been on DL since May 18. . . .

Giants pitching coach Norm Sherry (rib cage injury) will be replaced temporarily by Larry Hardy. Also, LHP Atlee Hammaker (cyst in left tricep) is on 15-day DL, RHP Randy O'Neal was recalled from Phoenix, RHP Rick Reuschel moved to 21-day DL. . . . The Cubs put OF Jerome Walton (.270) on the 15-day disabled list and recalled OF Gary Varsho (.300, 7 HR, 18 steals at AAA Iowa). Walton's left hand was broken by a Ken Howell pitch Sunday.

GETTING WARMER:

Toronto went 9-1 on its best road trip ever, winning three of four in Milwaukee and sweeping three-game series in Minnesota and New York. . . . The Mets' Dave Magadan is 16 for 28 with eight RBI since last Tuesday. He had six RBI before the streak.

GOODEN FAST:

A Dwight Gooden fastball to Andy Van Slyke registered 100 mph Sunday.

Two pitches to Van Slyke were clocked at 98 mph and one at 99. On the last one, Van Slyke bounced into a double play.

Van Slyke said the 100 mph pitch "looked like an aspirin" -- he thinks. "I didn't even see it."