ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Oakland designated hitter Frank Thomas, sidelined almost two months because of right quadriceps tendinitis, has been cleared to start a running program on Friday.
Thomas resumed taking batting practice on the field before Monday's game against Oakland. He went on the 15-day disabled list on May 29.
Oakland manager Bob Geren said the team will have a better indication when Thomas can return after he starts running again.
SHOULDER UPDATE: Mets closer Billy Wagner will have his tight shoulder re-evaluated on Tuesday to determine if there is an injury to his pitching arm. The left-hander felt the tightness while warming up Sunday, but struck out three consecutive Cincinnati Reds in the 10th inning to earn his 24th save.
CUBS FANS DREAMING: Some Chicago Cubs fans are shelling out money for a chance at history. They want to be the first to reserve the right to buy tickets at face value for a possible World Series game at Wrigley Field. It's an event that hasn't happened at the Chicago baseball field since 1945. The Cubs haven't won a World Series title since 1908.
POSADA PUT ON DL: The New York Yankees placed Jorge Posada on the 15-day disabled list Monday with an injured right shoulder, leaving the All-Star catcher's season in doubt. Posada was scheduled to see New York Mets medical director Dr. David Altchek on Tuesday to get an MRI and to have his shoulder examined.
FLORIDA RETURN: The Reds will hold one more spring training in Sarasota, Fla., before moving their camp to Arizona. The Reds exercised their lease option on Monday to stay one more year in Sarasota, where the team has held spring training since 1998. The Reds have agreed to move to Goodyear, Ariz., in 2010, sharing a spring training facility with the Cleveland Indians.