Royals President Mike Herman said yesterday he's hopeful the club owners will approve the proposed sale of the team to Miles Prentice at next week's meeting.

Rich Levin, a spokesman for baseball, confirmed Tuesday that Prentice's bid will be discussed by the ownership committee.

That doesn't mean, however, that the package will go to baseball's full group of owners for final approval.

"It'll be discussed," Levin said. "Whether it goes on from there, we'll see at that time."

The ownership committee -- which includes eight team owners, presidents of both the AL and NL and Commissioner Bud Selig -- meets Sept. 15 in Cooperstown, N.Y. The full group of owners meets the next day.

BIG HURT: Frank Thomas has a bone spur and tendinitis in his right ankle, and White Sox GM Ron Schueler will meet with doctors this week to determine whether the slugger is done for the season.

X-rays revealed a "significant spur" on the ankle, and an ultrasound test confirmed tendinitis, the team said.

Thomas underwent tests on Tuesday after missing three games because of the ailing ankle.

Thomas is hitting .305 with 15 home runs and 77 RBI.

The designated hitter-first baseman hit the 300th homer of his career Aug. 7, but has only one since. His 15 home runs rank third on the White Sox.

The White Sox expect 2B Ray Durham will return to the lineup when the team begins a homestand against the AL Central-leading Indians on Friday.

BOGGS DONE: The Devil Rays placed Wade Boggs on the 60-day disabled list, one day after the newest member of the 3,000-hit club underwent season-ending surgery to repair torn cartilage in his right knee.

The expected rehabilitation period is four to six weeks. Boggs became the 23rd player to reach 3,000 hits on Aug. 7. He ended the season with 3,010 hits.

MOVES: Yankees CF Bernie Williams returned to New York for an MRI exam on his sore left shoulder and missed the wrapup of a two-game series against the Royals. The examination confirmed an earlier diagnosis of tendinitis in the shoulder. But the Yankees said Williams was expected to play today against Boston. . . . Wil Cordero, who had been on the 60-day disabled list since breaking his left wrist in early June, was activated by the Indians before last night's game against the Rangers.