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Thomas Says DL Possible

July 10, 1996

CHICAGO (AP) _ Chicago White Sox slugger Frank Thomas says a sore left foot may put him on the disabled list for the first time in his career.

Thomas, who was scratched from Tuesday’s All-Star game in Philadelphia, went to a doctor for tests after returning to Chicago on Wednesday.

Results weren’t expected until Thursday. But if they reveal a serious fracture, Thomas probably will be placed on the disabled list so the club can call someone up to replace him, team spokesman Brad Roder said.

``I’ve never been on the DL before, but something is really wrong,″ Thomas said Tuesday. ``What concerns me more than anything is why I can’t walk.″

Thomas injured the foot Thursday in Cleveland while rounding first base. X-rays showed no break, and the injury was listed as a sprain.

``It’s getting worse,″ Thomas said. ``The pain is worse and the swelling is out of hand. I can’t walk. I can’t even move. I don’t know how I played the last two games in Cleveland.″

White Sox manager Terry Bevington doesn’t expect Thomas to play any sooner than Saturday.

``At this point, I think he will definitely have a chance _ I would say a 50-50 chance _ to miss the Thursday game and possibly Friday,″ Bevington said.

A stint on the disabled list would last a minimum of 15 days, and end Thomas’ consecutive games streak of 346, second in the majors behind Cal Ripken.

Thomas leads the American League in RBIs with 85 and is fourth in batting with a .349 average. He also has 23 homers.

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