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Byrd needs surgery on sore elbow

Compiled from Times wires

© St. Petersburg Times, published April 10, 2003


PHILADELPHIA -- Atlanta pitcher Paul Byrd will have surgery this week to remove a bone spur from the back of his right elbow, and it is not known when he will return to the rotation.

Byrd, a 17-game winner with Kansas City last season, signed with the Braves as a free agent in December. He was scheduled to start his first game tonight at Philadelphia.

The 32-year-old Byrd has been on the 15-day disabled list with tendinitis in his right elbow since March 21. He still is experiencing discomfort after a rehabilitation appearance with Double-A Greenville on Saturday.

The operation will be performed Friday, and a prognosis will not be determined until after the surgery.

KINER ON ROSE: Pirates Hall of Famer Ralph Kiner said during a visit to Pittsburgh this week that Pete Rose disgraced the game with his gambling and should not be inducted into the Hall of Fame. "The integrity of baseball relies on there being no betting," Kiner said. "From what I understand, he bet on games involving his own team. I don't have a say in whether he gets in, though I do have a vote (on the Veterans' Committee), but I do have a right to say what I think, and I don't think he belongs."

HALL OF FAME: Stung by antiwar criticism from Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon, the Hall has canceled a 15th anniversary celebration of the film Bull Durham that was to feature the co-stars. Hall president Dale Petroskey, a former White House assistant press secretary under Ronald Reagan, sent a letter to Robbins and Sarandon saying the festivities April 26-27 at Cooperstown, N.Y., had been called off because of their remarks. Robbins, saying he was "dismayed," responded: "You belong with the cowards and ideologues in a hall of infamy and shame."

ANGELS: Second baseman Adam Kennedy went on the disabled list with a strained right hamstring and Chone Figgins was recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake.

DODGERS: Shortstop Cesar Izturis, who bruised his left shin Tuesday night, did not play against Arizona. Manager Jim Tracy said the injury is not serious.

INDIANS: Left-hander C.C. Sabathia threw a 10-minute bullpen session without any problems and said he will make his scheduled start Saturday against the Royals.

PHILLIES: Right-hander Brad Baisley, the club's second-round draft pick in 1998 out of Land O' Lakes, has been placed on waivers for the purpose of his unconditional release.

YANKEES: Reliever Steve Karsay, sidelined by right shoulder bursitis, resumed his throwing program and reported no problems after making 40 throws off flat ground.

TIGERS-ROYALS: Tuesday night's game, postponed because of snowy and cold field conditions, will be made up at 7:05 p.m. on Sept. 15.

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