MINNEAPOLIS -- An MRI on Minnesota Twins right-hander Kevin Slowey's pitching wrist shows no ligament damage from a line drive he took off the bat of Juan Uribe.
Slowey left Thursday night's win over the Chicago White Sox in the fourth inning after Uribe's hit slammed off the pitcher's right wrist. He was taken to the hospital for X-rays, which came back negative.
Slowey had the MRI on Friday and said it came back clear. But he isn't sure when he will be ready to pitch again.
The Twins lead the White Sox by a half-game in the AL Central heading into the final weekend. If a playoff is required, it likely would be played in Chicago on Tuesday, which would be Slowey's scheduled day to pitch.
• PRO BASKETBALL -- Houston Rockets forward Shane Battier will be sidelined up to four weeks and miss most of preseason because of an inflammation in his left foot.
He had surgery May 9 to remove bone spurs from his left ankle, and the team said the foot inflammation occurred during rehabilitation. The Rockets open training camp Tuesday.
The 6-foot-8 forward started 78 games last season and averaged 9.3 points and 5.1 rebounds. He was one of the team's most dependable 3-point shooters, hitting 38 percent.
• Gilbert Arenas and the Washington Wizards were both fined $15,000 by the NBA after he ducked out of the team's annual preseason media day, avoiding any discussion of his third left knee operation in 1 1/2 years.
Arenas was penalized "for failing to make himself available to the media," the league said, while Washington was docked "for failing to ensure that its players comply with NBA media interview rules."
• PRO FOOTBALL -- Denver Broncos Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway is engaged to a former Oakland Raiders cheerleader.
The Rocky Mountain News reported Friday that the two-time Super Bowl winner proposed to 41-year-old Paige Green during a trip to Italy last week.
Elway told the newspaper he was "looking forward to a long life together" with Green.
The 48-year-old Elway was previously married to Janet Elway for 18 years. They have four children.
• PRO BASEBALL -- New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera is considering whether to have offseason surgery on his sore right shoulder.
General manager Brian Cashman said before their scheduled game against the Boston Red Sox that Rivera can pitch through the pain until the season's over. But over the winter, Rivera will need treatment or surgery for calcification of the A.C. joint on the top of his shoulder.
• New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman says negotiations on his own contract won't drag out long.
Cashman said before the Yankee's scheduled game against the Boston Red Sox that he'll discuss his status with the Steinbrenner family after the season is over.