Indians C Sandy Alomar needs another knee operation, but wants to postpone it until after the season.

"I will do anything it takes to go play baseball," said Alomar, who had surgery May 21, 10 days after he went on the disabled list, to remove a bone chip from his left knee.

With five weeks left in the regular season, Alomar said he will get an injection of gel in the back of the knee in an effort to relieve discomfort, then resume his rehabilitation program while wearing a brace.

"They said I should notice improvement in five to seven days," the six-time all-star said. "If not, well, then the surgery is inevitable. I know that."

General Manager John Hart said he is exploring trade options.

"Sandy is our number one catcher," Hart said. "Einar Diaz has done a good job for us, too, but we must recognize the fact that Sandy might not be able to play. When healthy, Sandy is one of the best in the game. Right now, we don't know if he can go, however."

BERROA WAIVED: The Blue Jays placed OF Geronimo Berroa on waivers for the purpose of giving him his unconditional release, and promoted 20-year-old OF Vernon Wells from Class AAA Syracuse. The Blue Jays have 10 days to trade, release or send Berroa to the minor leagues. Berroa, 34, hit .194 with one home run and six runs batted in during 22 games with Toronto.

OH, BROTHER: Red Sox RHP Bret Saberhagen has a frayed rotator cuff, but he said he will postpone surgery in the hopes that he can pitch again this year. Ramon Martinez, who has missed the entire season after right shoulder surger, will be activated to start Thursday against the Royals, joining younger brother Pedro in the rotation.

SURGERY FOR STOCKER: Devil Rays SS Kevin Stocker will undergo season-ending knee surgery. Stocker, who has been on the disabled list since July 22, has been suffering from tendinitis in his left knee.