The NL suspended Phillies shortstop Dickie Thon for three games and fined him an undisclosed amount for bumping umpire Terry Tata in Pittsburgh on Tuesday. The suspension started last night. Thon originally appealed but changed his mind.

He argued a called third strike in the ninth inning of the game. After they bumped twice, Tata ejected Thon.


The Phillies put outfielder Von Hayes on the 15-day disabled list because he cut his left pinkie in his home. He is expected to be out until July 13. He has been hitless in 22 at-bats over eight games since returning to the lineup after missing 11 games with an injured right instep.

He said he was trying to fix a greasy chain on the exercise machine when his hand slipped into the gear box.

Coming up is outfielder Jim Vatcher from Scranton-Wilkes-Barre.

The Brewers put Chris Bosio (4-6) on the 15-day DL and activated Teddy Higuera (5-1). . . . The Reds put Jose Rijo (5-3, 3.56) on the 15-day DL and called up Scott Scudder, 7-1 in Nashville.


Royals shortstop Kurt Stillwell, in a Seattle hospital, still was in too much pain to travel home so team doctors can determine if he needs back surgery. The Royals are nearly certain that he will. . . .

Jose Canseco of the Athletics might miss the entire weekend series against the Blue Jays this weekend because of a sore right wrist. . . .

Right-hander Rick Reuschel of the Giants will have arthroscopic surgery to repair damaged cartilage in his left knee. He's been on the DL since May 27.


The San Diego Padres bought the contract of Rick Rodriguez from their Class AAA affiliate in Las Vegas and sent outfielder Darrin Jackson there.

Rodriguez, 27, is a veteran AAA pitcher who's never stuck in the majors. He was 3-4 with a 3.51 ERA and eight saves in 27 games with Las Vegas.

Jackson, 26, appeared in 30 games for the Padres and hit .231 with one homer.


The mother of Atlanta Braves third baseman Jim Presley has filed battery charges against him after an incident that also involved his wife. "Jimmy's just a different person when the three of us are together," Lucinda Brazel told the Pensacola (Fla.) News Journal.

Presley was charged with simple battery, a misdemeanor, after allegedly striking his mother during an argument at his Conyers, Ga., home.

Brazel, of Pensacola, said her son invited her to visit after she attended the Braves' game Monday night. She said she got to his apartment at 12:30 a.m. after taking a wrong exit off an interstate.

She said when Presley invited her in, his wife became angry. "She said, 'What are you doing here?' We had a few words, one thing led to another and I guess Jimmy got fed up with the situation," Brazel said.

Presley then ordered her to leave, more words were exchanged and he grabbed her by the throat, she alleged.

"All of a sudden, he snapped," Brazel said. "He wasn't my son anymore. He started choking me. I couldn't breathe and I slapped him to get his hands off me. Then he threw me to the ground. He picked me up and threw me out of the apartment." . . .

In Bakersfield, Calif., NL umpire Bob Engel's lawyer refused to accept a plea bargain to charges that Engel stole baseball cards from two stores. Engel did not attend the hearing. Trial on the misdemeanor charges was scheduled Aug. 20 by Bakersfield Municipal Court Commissioner Lee Felice. Another pretrial conference was set for Aug. 3.


Deion Sanders, the Yankees outfielder (hitting .126) and Atlanta Falcons defensive back, was optioned to AAA Columbus Thursday night, but might drop baseball and get ready for football camp, which will start July 26.

"I really can't tell you what I'm going to do," he said. "I'll do what my mind tells me to do. What can I do in Triple A? What is there to prove there? I wasn't in a slump there. I went into a slump here, not there."

Yankees first baseman Don Mattingly said Sanders could be a "great, great player," but thinks he was rushed to the majors.