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Lasorda discusses his return

Dodgers manager Tom Lasorda, who had heart surgery last month, met with owner Peter O'Malley and executive vice president Fred Claire on Friday, ostensibly to discuss going back to work.

Lasorda, 68, who first returned to Dodger Stadium on July 15 to talk with players and watch a game, said then that he thought he would be ready to return to the job by next Tuesday, when the Dodgers open a homestand against Florida.

Lasorda met with his doctors at Centinela Medical Center to review test results Friday, then met with O'Malley and Claire and will "be talking again over the weekend," a statement from the Dodgers said.

BLUE JAYS: OF Joe Carter will get $6.5-million next season under the terms of his contract extension. Carter is getting $6.5-million this season.

BREWERS: RHP Mike Fetters signed a two-year contract extension, keeping the reliever with the Brewers through the 1998 season. Financial terms were not disclosed.

INDIANS: Cleveland placed RHP Jack McDowell on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 22 and will replace him on the 25-man roster with IF Casey Candaele from Triple-A Buffalo.

RED SOX: RHP Rich Garces was placed on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to Wednesday; RHP Stan Belinda was reinstated from the DL.

ROYALS: Former 2B Jose Lind was charged in Olathe, Kan., with battering his ex-wife, violating a restraining order, and cocaine possession. Lind, an Orlando resident, was in Olathe to visit his daughters; the Linds' divorce became final last month. Lind was freed on $5,000 bond; a hearing was set for Sept. 11.

YANKEES: To make room for 2B Pat Kelly's return, New York optioned LHP Billy Brewer to Triple-A Columbus. Brewer was 1-0 in three relief appearances but allowed two runs in one inning Thursday.

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