<i> Baltimore Sun</i>

Ryne Sandberg, the Chicago Cubs’ All-Star second baseman, was activated from the disabled list Thursday night and will be available to play this weekend.

Sandberg broke his hand in the Cubs’ first exhibition game on March 5.

Steve Palermo, an American League umpire who was partially paralyzed in a shooting incident almost two years ago, threw out the first ball before Thursday night’s game between the Orioles and the Minnesota Twins at Baltimore.

It was the first visit to Oriole Park for Palermo, who was injured July 6, 1991, while attempting to catch a robbery suspect in Dallas.


Although originally told that his spinal cord injury would prevent him from walking again, Palermo moved well, aided by a pair of walking canes. Palermo, who broke into the major leagues in 1977, vows that he will return to the playing field.

“They (doctors) don’t make any more prognoses,” Palermo said. “They missed on the first one, so they don’t make any more.”