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Wood isn't hurt too bad this time

By Wire services
Published May 13, 2004

LOS ANGELES - Chicago Cubs ace Kerry Wood is expected to miss his next scheduled start because of a sore arm, but tests Wednesday found no tears in the All-Star's triceps.

Wood left Tuesday night's game against the Dodgers after two innings as a precaution after feeling tightness in his right triceps muscle. He was examined, and an MRI exam showed inflammation underneath the muscle and mild tendinitis in his elbow.

"I don't think it's going to be really much more than one start," trainer Dave Groeschner said. "We'll just rest him, skip him a start and then get him back throwing and maybe push him back to the end of the rotation.

With the team already missing its other ace, Mark Prior, manager Dusty Baker was relieved Wood isn't expected to be out very long. Prior has been on the disabled list all season because of a sore elbow and inflammation in an Achilles' tendon.

Wood missed the 1999 season after reconstructive surgery on his right elbow.

Also, three-time Gold Glove shortstop Rey Ordonez agreed to a minor-league contract with Chicago a week after Alex Gonzalez broke a bone in his right wrist. Ordonez, 33, had 117 at-bats last season, hitting .316 with three homers and 22 RBIs for the Rays in his first season after leaving the Mets, his team from 1996 to 2002. He went to spring training with San Diego, then left camp March 20, handing the shortstop job to rookie Khalil Greene. Gonzalez will be out six to eight weeks.

ANGELS: Troy Glaus was a late scratch against the Yankees because of a sprained right knee. Glaus appeared to tweak it during his final at-bat Tuesday night. Glaus was to travel back to California today to have his knee and right shoulder examined by team physician Dr. Lewis Yocum.

ATHLETICS: Second baseman Frank Menechino was traded to Toronto for future considerations during the game against Detroit. Menechino, 33, hit .091 in 33 at-bats and 13 games this season.

DIAMONDBACKS: Utilityman Donnie Sadler was briefly knocked unconscious during batting practice when a ball struck him in his head before the game against the Mets. Pitcher Casey Daigle was hitting when the ball cleared the safety net in front of some stretching players. The ball hit Sadler in the back of the head, and he collapsed as players quickly gathered around him. After a few moments trainer Paul Lessard helped Sadler to his feet and sent him to team physician Roger McCoy for further tests, which turned up a concussion. ... Struggling right-hander Elmer Dessens was sent to the bullpen and Casey Fossum will be activated to join the rotation. Fossum, a left-hander who had shoulder surgery in the fall, starts Friday against Montreal. Steve Sparks was pushed to Sunday. Dessens is 1-4 with a 7.56 ERA and has failed to get past the fifth inning in four of seven starts.

PADRES: Reliever Rod Beck is scheduled to rejoin the team a week from today if he keeps throwing well at extended spring training. Beck has been absent since the middle of spring training because of an unspecified personal problem. ... Right-hander Antonio Osuna was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right groin. The team purchased the contract of right-hander Brandon Puffer from Triple-A Portland to take his spot.

RED SOX: Right-hander Jamie Brown was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket to replace Byung-Hyun Kim. Kim was optioned to Pawtucket on Tuesday after consecutive poor outings. Bronson Arroyo replaces Kim in the rotation.

TIGERS: Second baseman Fernando Vina was placed on the 15-day disabled list, and the contract of Jason Smith was purchased from Triple-A Toledo. Vina has been bothered by his right hamstring.

TWINS: Third baseman Corey Koskie was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained sternum. Michael Cuddyer will be the starting third baseman during Koskie's absence.

[Last modified May 13, 2004, 02:20:18]


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