Rangers 1B Rafael Palmeiro sat out last night's game against the Indians with a bone bruise on his left wrist.

Palmeiro, who started the night tied with Seattle's Ken Griffey Jr. for the AL home run lead with 42, suffered the injury when he was hit on the wrist by a pitch from Chicago's Jim Parque in the first inning of the first game of Monday night's doubleheader. Palmeiro finished both games, but experienced pain in the wrist overnight and was held out of last night's lineup by Manager Johnny Oates. Palmeiro is listed as day-to-day. . . . The Rangers also activated OF Mike Simms from the 15-day disabled list. Simms has been out all season with left heel problems.

HUNTER OUT OF HOSPITAL: Hall of Fame P Catfish Hunter is back at his Perquimans County (N.C.) farm after being released from a hospital, four weeks after a fall on concrete steps.

Hunter, who has Lou Gehrig's disease, was released Saturday from Pitt County Memorial Hospital in Greenville after he recovered faster than doctors anticipated.

Hunter, 53, hit his head on the steps at his home on Aug. 8. Hunter was unconscious for several days at the hospital and gradually improved from critical condition to fair, which was his condition when he was released.

GM GETS AN EXTENSION: The Devil Rays signed GM Chuck LaMar to a contract extension through the 2004 season. The new agreement extends a five-year contract that LaMar signed in January 1998. It ran through 2002.

LaMar, 43, worked for the Reds, Pirates and Braves before going to Tampa Bay. During LaMar's tenure as GM, the Devil Rays have established a baseball academy in the Dominican Republic and signed working agreements with Mexico City in the Mexican League and Seibu of the Japanese leagues. . . . Meanwhile Tampa Bay DH Jose Canseco, who missed his fourth straight game last night with a sore ligament in his right hand, may resume swinging a bat in the next few days, the team said.

PINIELLA GONGED AGAIN: Mariners Manager Lou Piniella was ejected in the third inning Monday night by first-base umpire Travis Katzenmeier for arguing a checked-swing strikeout on David Bell. It was the fifth ejection this season for Piniella, all since July 25.