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Reds' Davis won't need surgery

Cincinnati outfielder Eric Davis remained hospitalized Sunday with a severely bruised right kidney but will not need surgery and should be able to leave the hospital within a week. Davis was injured trying to make a catch in the first inning of Cincinnati's World Series-clinching victory.

Although Davis could not accompany the team on its charter flight back to Cincinnati, he did get some good news from his doctors. Tests performed overnight, including a CAT scan, found no rupture of the kidney.

As a result, no surgery was anticipated. Doctors said Davis would remain hospitalized for five to seven days before he's allowed to return to Cincinnati.

Centerfielder Billy Hatcher, who was struck on the left hand by a pitch, also went to the hospital, but returned to the bench in the eighth inning with a severely swollen, but not broken, hand.

Reds return

CINCINNATI _ Hundreds of screaming fans met the Cincinnati Reds' chartered jet Sunday night as the World Series champions returned from a four-game sweep of the Oakland Athletics.

The crowd of at least 500 cheered the Reds as the doors opened shortly after the plane's 9:56 p.m. arrival at Greater Cincinnati International Airport.

"It's stirring. It's just overwhelming for all these people to be out here at this hour of the night," Reds owner Marge Schott said after emerging from the plane to cheers of "Marge! Marge! Marge!" and "Sweep! Sweep! Sweep!"

The city of Cincinnati and the Downtown Council are sponsoring a parade at 11:30 a.m. today, followed by a noon rally at downtown's Fountain Square.

"He's a punk'

Jose Canseco did not have much to say when Oakland manager Tony La Russa benched him for Game 4. But his wife did. "He's a punk," Esther Canseco was quoted as saying of La Russa in Sunday's San Jose Mercury News. "Let them sweep us. I should have worn a red dress."

Decisions I

The Oakland A's have a difficult few months ahead. They have to come to terms with five free agents.

Pitcher Bob Welch, who won 27 games this year, tops the A's list of free agents, and may be too expensive too keep on a team with two $3-million pitchers (Dave Stewart and Dennis Eckersley) and Canseco's five-year, $23.5-million deal. Also eligible are outfielder Willie McGee, pitcher Scott Sanderson and catchers Ron Hassey and Jamie Quirk.

Decisions II

The Reds also have to start looking ahead to 1991. Starting pitchers Tom Browning and Danny Jackson top their list of potential free agents, which also includes infielders Ron Oester and Bill Doran and pitcher Rick Mahler.

_ Compiled from reports by staff writer Marc Topkin and AP.

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