Cincinnati Reds outfielder Eric Davis is still in pain, not only from a kidney injury suffered during the World Series, but from being snubbed by club president Marge Schott. Davis returned home on a rented plane Friday night from Oakland, where he had been hospitalized since bruising and lacerating his right kidney while diving to make a catch in the final game of the World Series. The Reds won the game against the Athletics 2-1, completing a Series sweep.
When Davis stepped off the private jet, he grimaced in pain, then flashed a thumbs-up sign to the media before boarding an ambulance for Christ Hospital.
But at a news conference at the hospital, Davis complained that Schott "put forth no caring or effort" during his six days in Merritt Peralta Medical Center in Oakland and failed to return his phone calls to discuss his condition. He also said Schott forced him to rent a plane to make the flight home.
"If I were a dog, I would have gotten more care, and that's the truth," he said.
"Marge hasn't called me. (General manager) Bob Quinn hasn't called me. I got phone calls from (National League president) Bill White and Jesse Jackson. That's the only down thing I feel now. I didn't get support I needed from my management."
Schott told the Cincinnati Post she was out of town on business Thursday and could not return Davis' call. She said his transportation was a matter to be settled by Quinn and Davis' agent.
Asked earlier in the day whether the team was paying for Davis' transportation, Quinn said, "We fulfilled our obligations."
Davis' physician, Dr. Steve Spreen, said the flight did not appear to cause any medical problems, according to Reds spokesman Jon Braude.
Free-agency for Toronto's Bell?
TORONTO _ George Bell would like to stay with the Toronto Blue Jays, but that doesn't mean he won't file for free-agency. Then again, he also wouldn't say whether he would file for free-agency.
And, of course, the Blue Jays won't say yet whether they would pursue Bell if he were a free agent.
That's about as clear as it gets at this stage.
If the Blue Jays lose Bell as a free agent, they would gain only draft choices as compensation. If Bell does not declare free-agency, he also would give up his right to have salary arbitration, which would put him at the club's mercy. He would have no bargaining power, and the Jays could cut his salary by the maximum 20 percent.
"I like Toronto," Bell said. "I like the Toronto Blue Jay organization and I like the fans here. It's too bad all the fans don't love me, but I still love those fans, too. I think if we talk about it, I'll probably stay here."
Shorter fences could be in
The Toronto Globe and Mail reported there's a bizarre clause in the $25-million contract of Oakland rightfielder Jose Canseco.
It stipulates the A's must move their outfield fences in next year so Canseco has a better chance to hit home runs.
The A's deny there is a clause, saying "That's ridiculous." They do admit, however, the subject of closer fences has come up and will be discussed with Canseco at some later date.