White Sox DH-1B Frank Thomas had successful surgery yesterday on his right foot, according to the team.

Thomas, who had a bone spur removed from his right ankle and a corn removed from a toe, will wear a cast for one week before starting rehabilitation.

Thomas finished with a .305 batting average, 15 homers and 77 RBI, stopping a streak of eight consecutive seasons with 20 or more home runs.

"I just think mechanically his swing is not where it was a few years ago," Chicago GM Ron Schueler said.

GREER HIT: Rangers OF Rusty Greer will return home after being hit in the left eye by a thrown ball.

Greer is not expected to play again until this weekend, the Rangers said.

The injury happened during warmups before the Rangers' series finale last night with the Royals in Kansas City.

An examination found no damage to the retina or optic nerve. Greer is being treated with ice and medication.

P Rick Helling threw the ball while playing catch in the outfield, where Greer was shagging fly balls during the Rangers' batting practice.

KUDOS FOR MILTON: Twins LHP Eric Milton (University of Maryland) was named the AL player of the week after throwing a no-hitter against the Angels on Saturday.

Milton, 24, retired the last 18 batters at the Metrodome while walking only two and striking out a career-high 13.

Milton, who raised his record to 7-11, became the third pitcher to throw a no-hitter this season, joining Jose Jimenez of the Cardinals and David Cone of the Yankees.

Milton's no-hitter was the first by a Twins pitcher since Scott Erickson beat the Brewers, 6-0, on April 27, 1994.