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D'backs send Johnson to DL

Compiled from Times wires

© St. Petersburg Times, published April 22, 2003

PHOENIX -- The Diamondbacks placed left-hander Randy Johnson on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right knee Monday and said they hope he'll be able to return to the rotation Sunday.

Johnson has had inflammation and swelling in his right knee since his last start April 11. He was scheduled to return last Wednesday.

Johnson was scratched from that start, and the team determined after a weekend throwing session that he would not be able to start as scheduled today at Montreal. The move is retroactive to April 12.

Aces Johnson and Curt Schilling combined for 47 wins last season but have one in 2003.

RICKEY GOES INDEPENDENT: Hoping to play in the major leagues but still searching for a spot, Rickey Henderson, 44, will sign this week with a team in the independent Atlantic League, his agent, Jeff Borris, said.

Henderson narrowed his choice to the Newark Bears, Camden Riversharks and Somerset Patriots.

DRUG USE RUMORED: Players still are using muscle-building drugs and amphetamines despite the sport's new steroid testing plan, the New York Times reported on its Web site. Players have switched from steroids to drugs such as human growth hormone, the Times reported, citing interviews with players, executives and medical officials.

PENALTY PROPOSED: Chicago Alderman James Balcer, in response to last week's attack on an umpire at a White Sox game, proposed an ordinance that would increase the penalty for fans who go on the field during a sporting event from $100 to $1,000.

ANGELS: An MRI exam on outfielder Darin Erstad showed an inflamed tendon in his lower right hamstring.

CUBS: A CAT scan of Sammy Sosa's head a day after he was beaned found no cranial damage, and the outfielder was cleared to play tonight. Sosa was hit by a pitch from Pirates right-hander Solomon Torres on Sunday.

INDIANS: Right-hander Jason Bere threw off a mound for the first time since going on the disabled list with a strained rotator cuff and didn't feel any pain.

WHITE SOX: Outfielder Magglio Ordonez extended his hitting streak to 17 games, the longest current streak in the majors. It also matches his career high. ... Second baseman D'Angelo Jimenez drew a walk in the first to reach base for the 16th straight game.

YANKEES: Closer Mariano Rivera allowed one hit during a scoreless inning in an extended spring training game in Tampa. The right-hander, on the disabled list with a strained right groin, could rejoin the major-league club this week. ... Shortstop Derek Jeter has started catching the ball during throwing sessions as he increases the on-field part of his rehabilitation for a dislocated left shoulder. ... Reliever Steve Karsay will have his injured right (pitching) shoulder examined today after cutting short a bullpen session during his rehabilitation.

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