Larry Walker Hurt Fishing

Posted: October 22, 1996

Larry Walker, who missed 2 1/2 months of the 1996 season with a broken left collarbone, separated his right shoulder during a weekend fishing trip near Vancouver, British Columbia, Colorado Rockies officials said yesterday.

Walker, a Vancouver native, returned to Denver for an examination. It is unknown whether he will need surgery, but he is expected to be ready by spring training in February, the Rockies said.

The Rockies did not say how Walker separated the shoulder.

Walker, 29, broke his collarbone when he crashed into the centerfield wall trying to track down a fly ball against the Atlanta Braves on June 9. He returned more than two months later, but played only sporadically because of recurring muscle spasms in his left shoulder.

Despite the injuries, Walker hit .276 with 18 homers, 58 RBI and 18 stolen bases.

In other baseball news:

* Game 1 of the World Series received an overnight rating 5 percent above 1995's opener. Atlanta's 12-1 blowout of the New York Yankees on Sunday got a 17.0 overnight rating and 26 share on Fox, Nielsen Media Research said. Last year's opener between Atlanta and Cleveland produced a 16.2 overnight rating and 29 share on ABC, but that was on a Saturday night, when fewer viewers were at home watching TV. Last year, Game 2 was played on Sunday night and drew an 18.9 overnight rating and 29 share.

* Acting commissioner Bud Selig met with union chief Donald Fehr but gave no indication he was in favor of completing a labor deal and wouldn't commit to holding an owners' meeting to discuss an agreement.

* Toby Harrah, who replaced Buddy Bell on the Cleveland Indians' coaching staff this season, will not return in 1997.

* Tom McCraw, who spent the past five seasons as the hitting coach for the New York Mets, was named to the same position on the staff of new Houston Astros manager Larry Dierker.

COLLEGES * University of Minnesota officials suspended hockey coach Doug Woog without pay for one week for giving a senior player $500 after the 1993-94 season to help finish his education. Woog gave the money to senior co-captain Chris McAlpine after his eligibility had expired.

SOCCER * Nearly 1,000 fans greeted the D.C. United soccer team when it returned to Washington after winning the Major League Soccer championship.

TENNIS * No. 3-ranked Conchita Martinez and No. 4 Anke Huber announced their plans to compete in the Advanta Championships women's tennis tournament at Villanova next month. Tennis's two highest-ranked female players, Steffi Graf and Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, already have committed to the tournament.

* Lisa Raymond, of Wayne, moved into the second round of the Bell Challenge in Quebec City with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Andrea Glass.

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