Rebuffed by major league owners and delayed by Hurricane Floyd, Miles Prentice remains optimistic that he will soon own the Royals.

"Our hope would be that we would have it done by Thanksgiving," Prentice said in an interview yesterday from his home in New York City.

On Wednesday, major league owners tabled a discussion of the bid by Prentice's group to buy the Royals for $75 million, triggering worry about the future of major league baseball in small-market Kansas City. Many fans remember when Charles O. Finley moved the Athletics from Kansas City to Oakland in 1968.

"We're going to start working tomorrow with people in the commissioner's office," Prentice said. "We have scheduled some meetings and we're going to get them focused more specifically on Kansas City now that they've gotten some major deals out of the way. I am absolutely optimistic we're going to get this done."

At the meeting in Cooperstown, N.Y., owners also tabled the $122.4 million sale of the A's to a group headed by Save Mart Foods Chairman Bob Piccinini and voted to merge the administrative operations of the American and National leagues. They also approved Carl Lindner's bid to buy out Marge Schott as majority owner of the Reds.

Then, with many flying back to areas affected by Hurricane Floyd, they adjourned a day early.

ALOMAR INJURED: Indians 2B Roberto Alomar left last night's game against the Yankees in the first inning after bruising his left wrist while handling a throw.

The AL Central champion Indians said no X-rays were planned and that Alomar was day-to-day.

Alomar was hit on the wrist when a throw from left fielder David Justice short-hopped him near the bag at second. Alomar immediately grabbed the wrist and was replaced in the bottom of the inning by Enrique Wilson.

Alomar is batting .331 with a career-high 23 homers and 106 RBI. The Indians have been hurt by injuries all year, although Alomar had missed only 93 innings in 145 games.