Don't look for Kirk Gibson to do anything more than pinch hit the rest of the World Series.
After taking about six minutes of batting practice Monday, the hero of Game 1 of the Series says he doesn't expect to be in the Los Angeles Dodgers' starting lineup at all."I think it's pretty obvious what my role is going to be, if any," Gibson said after taking about 45 swings. "I can't run."
What Gibson meant was he expects to be limited to pinch-hitting duties throughout the rest of the Series.
Gibson, whose two-out, two-run homer on a 3-2 pitch off Oakland relief ace Dennis Eckersley in the bottom of the ninth inning of Game 1 gave the Dodgers a 5-4 victory over the Athletics last Saturday night, has a sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee.
It's an injury which would sideline Gibson for up to two weeks in normal circumstances, said Dr. Frank Jobe, the Dodgers' team physician.
In addition, Gibson also has injuries to his left knee and hamstring.
When asked if he might be able to serve as the Dodgers' designated hitter, Gibson replied, "How can I designate hit if I can't run?"
The injury to Gibson's right knee occurred in Game 7 of the National League playoffs last Wednesday night. He hurt himself sliding into second base.
Gibson wasn't needed Sunday night during the Dodgers' 6-0 win, giving them a 2-0 lead in the Series, which continues tonight at the Oakland Coliseum.
The Series format calls for designated hitters to be used in games at the American League park, meaning there will be designated hitters in the third, fourth and fifth games.
"If Gibson's not the DH, Mike Davis is," Dodgers manager Tom Lasorda said.
That appears likely.
"I'm sorer today than I was yesterday, much sorer," said Gibson. "If the situation arises, I'll prepare myself, put that (his injuries) behind me, do the best I can."