New development in the John Dopson case. Dopson says the numbness in his right hand has subsided. His personal physician, James Andrews, of Birmingham, Ala., has advised Dopson to take three more weeks off and then start throwing on the side. If he's able to throw without the recurrence of the numbness and soreness to his elbow, he could go on rehabilitation assignment.
[Arthur Pappas]' diagnosis of Dopson was for the hurler to have immediate surgery. Dopson, who has a bone chip and faces relocation of the ulnar nerve, said he had a nerve conduction test performed Monday in Birmingham and the results showed some strengthening in the nerve.
Tom Brunansky visited the South Shore -- Scituate -- during the All-Star break. He was trying to familiarize himself with the area so he can make his decision on whether to sign a contract extension with the Red Sox or test free agent waters. "We'll probably start talking with the Red Sox soon," said Brunansky, currently living in Saugus. "I'm starting to get to know the area. I know the major arteries now." . . . The Sox covet Yankees righty Tim Leary, who will be a free agent at the end of the year. The Red Sox are trying to interest the Yanks in third baseman Scott Cooper, Pawtucket's leading hitter at .272.