DELLUCCI TO HAVE SURGERY: Diamondbacks OF David Dellucci will undergo surgery on his left wrist to correct a career-threatening condition similar to the one that ended Bo Jackson's career. Dellucci, 25, is scheduled to have the surgery today. Doctors will try to shorten a bone in his wrist to correct a condition similar to the vascular necrosis that ended Jackson's football and baseball careers. Jackson had the condition in his hip.
JUNIOR'S PITCH: After receiving three contract offers from the Mariners, OF Ken Griffey Jr.'s focus seems to be on earned run averages more than dollars.
Griffey, signed through the 2000 season, was offered a five-year, $72 million extension last September, a seven-year, $105 million deal in April and an eight-year package last week, according to the Seattle Times.
The paper attributed the offers to unidentified sources and did not report the value of the latest package.
"What about my pitching?" the paper quoted Griffey as saying to team president Chuck Armstrong.
In October, Griffey and SS Alex Rodriguez made it clear they wanted a winning team. GM Woody Woodward added one pitcher who has stayed healthy, closer Jose Mesa. But the Mariners have floundered and trail the first-place Rangers by 11 games in the AL West.
"An important week?" Griffey told the Times. "This was an important season."
Griffey and Rodriguez both are eligible for free agency after the 2000 season.