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Pettitte injury not serious

By wire services
Published May 28, 2004

HOUSTON - Astros left-hander Andy Pettitte has a strained muscle in his left forearm and will be evaluated by team doctors in the next few days, but he isn't expected to miss any time.

Pettitte left four innings into Wednesday night's game against the Cubs with discomfort in the forearm. He was clearly distressed by the end of the fourth, wincing in pain as he walked off to end the inning.

He allowed one run and two hits in four innings with four strikeouts.

Team officials said Pettitte is considered day to day but likely will be able to make his scheduled June 4 start against Pittsburgh.

"Maybe it's just a muscle strain, but after I threw a pitch it was grabbing me a little bit," Pettitte said after Wednesday night's game. "It's aggravating, and it's disappointing to have a 4-0 lead and go out there (after) four innings. I just want to go out there and contribute."

Pettitte injured his left elbow while trying to check a swing in his debut with the Astros on April 6 against San Francisco. He missed the next three weeks with a strained elbow.

ANGELS: Centerfielder Garret Anderson, on the disabled list with inflammatory arthritis in his upper back, is expected to begin working out in a pool and on an exercise bike and treadmill in the next few days. Anderson has been taking oral medication.

BLUE JAYS: Top outfield prospect Alexis Rios was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse despite a .259 average, three homers and 23 RBIs. "It's not the ideal situation, but desperate times, desperate measures," general manager J.P. Ricciardi said.

ORIOLES: Rightfielder Jay Gibbons, who missed a second straight start with back spasms, had an MRI exam. Results were not immediately available.

PADRES: Right-hander Jake Peavy went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 20 with a strained tendon in his right forearm. Peavey, 4-2 with a 2.01 ERA in nine starts, was scheduled to start Saturday in Milwaukee. Right-hander Dennis Tankersley will pitch in his place. "This is more of a precaution than anything else," manager Bruce Bochy said. "We sent Jake home for an MRI and he wasn't going to pitch for a while anyway."

PIRATES: First baseman Randall Simon (hamstring) is finishing his 20-day rehabilitation stint withTriple-A Nashville and is likely to be activated from the disabled list today.

RED SOX: Trot Nixon went 0-for-3 with a walk and made two catches in rightfield in an extended spring training game in Fort Myers. Nixon went on the disabled list with a mildly herniated disc in his lower back in spring training, then pulled a muscle in his right thigh. "He ran at about 75 percent and the word was that it was encouraging," manager Terry Francona said, "but he's not (ready) yet." Nixon is scheduled to be evaluated today and play Saturday.

ROCKIES: Right-hander Jason Young could be sidelined longer than anticipated after tests revealed a broken rib. Young went on the 15-day disabled list Saturday after injuring his ribcage during warmups the previous night. The team thought the injury was a strain, but it turned out to be what manager Clint Hurdle called an "acute fracture" of his seventh rib on the right side.

ROYALS: Right-handed reliever Justin Huisman was hit in the head by a line drive against Detroit but did not appear to be seriously hurt. Carlos Pena's liner struck Huisman in the forehead in the sixth inning. The ball bounced toward first base and went for a single, loading the bases. Huisman never left his feet and walked into the dugout without assistance. Scott Sullivan relieved. ... Outfielder Juan Gonzalez went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to Saturday with lower back stiffness.

TWINS: Third baseman Corey Koskie was activated from the 15-day disabled list. He had been out since May 12 with a strained sternum.

[Last modified May 28, 2004, 01:00:27]


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