HURTING: The Royals' Bret Saberhagen, last year's AL Cy Young winner, went on the 21-day disabled list with a sore elbow (but no ligament damage). Coming up is right-hander Mel Stottlemyre, who had 13 saves in Omaha. . . .

Angels first baseman Wally Joyner (.268) has a possible stress fracture of his right knee and is on the (15-day) DL for the first time in his career. His replacement is Ed Stevens, 23, hitting .293 for Calgary. . . .

Giants catcher Gary Carter will be out four to seven days with a bruised right shoulder.

SIGNINGS: Todd Van Poppel, 18, who had said he would pass up pro ball to play for the University of Texas, changed him mind and signed with the Athletics.

Steve Karsay, 18, changed his mind, too, and will forgo pitching for LSU. He signed a one-year deal with the Blue Jays, saying his signing bonus "was higher than the first pick in the nation." (The Braves reportedly offered shortstop Chipper Jones $250,000 to $300,000.) He was assigned to St. Catharines of the Class A New York-Penn League.

Bob Engle, the Blue Jays' eastern regional scouting director, said Karsay's build and motion remind him of former Oriole Jim Palmer.

SINKING: In making closer Lee Smith their highest paid player ever (three years, $7.8 million), the Cardinals showed they aren't ready to start over. But they still have nine other free agents to deal with before the season ends. They're likely to re-sign Willie McGee and Vince Coleman and maybe trade reliever Ken Dayley. They're likely to let third baseman Terry Pendleton and his $2 million paycheck test the market.

JOB HUNTING: The Pirates have earmarked pitchers Jay Tibbs and Walt Terrell and catcher Dann Bilardello for demotion to AAA Buffalo. As veterans, they can decline and become free agents. Terrell did, but Bilardello says he'll probably report. Tibbs hasn't decided. The Pirates activated catcher Don Slaught from the 15-day DL.

HONORS: The Twins' Kent Hrbek, (.563 BA and .682 on-base percentage last week) and the Reds' Randy Myers, who had three saves in three games, are the players of the week. Myers has saved all six games the Reds have won from the Mets this season.

MOVED BACK: The World Series will start Tuesday, Oct. 16, three days later than originally scheduled, in the home park of the NL champion.

It had been scheduled to start Oct. 13 but was set back because of the lockout that necessitated playing some games in mid-October. This will be the first World Series since 1984 to start on a weekday. The NL playoffs will start Oct. 4 in the West and the AL Oct. 6 in the East.