AL Notebook

Wednesday, August 9th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

CLEVELAND – Jaret Wright's season is over, and the Cleveland Indians are wondering when or if they'll have him for next year.

The Indians right-hander will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder next week, the latest setback for a young pitcher who just three years ago owned October.

The 24-year-old Wright has a frayed labrum in his right shoulder and after getting a second opinion Tuesday from Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala., the right-hander will have surgery on Aug. 17.

The procedure will be performed by Dr. Lewis Yocum, the Anaheim Angels' team physician.

"It's a setback for Jaret and a setback for the organization," Cleveland general manager John Hart said before Wednesday night's game against the Rangers. Hart said Wright's injury appears to be isolated to only the labrum and that the rotator cuff is sound. However, Hart said it's impossible to predict when Wright may be back until after the surgery.

Steinbrenner backs Canseco deal

Yankees owner George Steinbrenner says he supports the Yankees' acquisition of slugger Jose Canseco, despite the uncertainty of manager Joe Torre.

"I want to make it clear that I support the decision of [GM] Brian Cashman 100 percent and I am surprised that anyone would be surprised by his aggressiveness," Steinbrenner said. "We've taken some chances in the past that have been criticized, but they've worked out. Jose Canseco can be a big contributor for us."

Injury report

The Tigers placed first baseman Hal Morris on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured left index finger. Morris sustained the injury while fielding grounders before Tuesday's game against the Orioles.

Morris, who is batting .296 since being acquired from the Cincinnati Reds on July 18, was able to start Tuesday's game, but left in the eighth inning due to swelling.