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Burnett eager, but Marlins say 'whoa'

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Published May 30, 2004

MIAMI - A.J. Burnett says he's ready to return to the major leagues. The Marlins might not be completely convinced.

Burnett, a right-hander who hasn't pitched for the Marlins since April 2003 after elbow reconstruction surgery, walked into the clubhouse Saturday and said he wants to start against Cincinnati next week.

"I'm ready to rock and roll," Burnett said. "Hopefully, Wednesday, June 2, that's the date. ... I'm getting kind of anxious."

But manager Jack McKeon sounded cautious when he said the team hasn't decided about Burnett's availability, and he indicated another rehabilitation start is possible.

"We want him back for the long haul," McKeon said. "We want to get him sharp. He doesn't want to be disappointing his first time out. And when the adrenaline flows like it will, you want to try to get him to keep himself under control and not get too excited."

Burnett threw 92 pitches in 31/3 innings for Triple-A Albuquerque on Friday night. He allowed four earned runs and seven hits, struck out six and walked two.

Marlins catcher Mike Redmond left in the fourth against the Mets after being hit by a Jae Seo pitch. X-rays were negative, and Redmond is day to day with a bruised right forearm.

MONDESI ON BOARD: The Angels finalized their contract with outfielder Raul Mondesi, who is scheduled to join the team today for the series finale against the White Sox. Mondesi said Friday he agreed to a contract that will pay $1.75-million for the rest of the season.

Meanwhile, centerfielder Garret Anderson resumed cardiovascular activities and is hitting off a tee, and first baseman Darin Erstad and DH Tim Salmon could begin rehabilitation assignments within 10 days, Scioscia said.

Anderson has early inflammatory arthritis in his back. Erstad has a strained right hamstring and Salmon an inflamed left knee.

NOMAR TO START REHAB: Red Sox shortstop Nomar Garciaparra, who hasn't played all season because of a sore Achilles' tendon, is scheduled to begin a rehabilitation assignment at Triple A today. Garciaparra plans to play two games with Pawtucket, then return to Boston to work with a therapist for a couple of days.

BLUE JAYS: First baseman Carlos Delgado left after the fifth with an irritated right rib cage.

METS: Left-hander Al Leiter threw 25 game-simulated pitches in a workout session in Miami and could be back in the rotation Tuesday. Leiter hasn't pitched since May 11 because of tendinitis in his pitching shoulder. ... Outfielders Cliff Floyd and Mike Cameron collided while chasing a fly ball in the first inning at Florida. Cameron bruised his left shoulder remained in the game. Shane Spencer took over in left for Floyd, who bruised his left quadriceps.

PHILLIES: Right-hander Vicente Padilla went on the 15-day disabled list with elbow tendinitis.

REDS: Right-hander Paul Wilson will skip his scheduled start today against Montreal because of a strained right groin. The former Devil Ray is 7-0 with a 3.34 ERA in 10 starts.

WHITE SOX: Rightfielder Magglio Ordonez missed his fourth straight game with a strained left calf muscle. An MRI exam showed no structural damage, and the four-time All-Star is scheduled to be re-evaluated Tuesday.

YANKEES: Right-handed reliever Steve Karsay pitched two innings in an extended spring training game in Tampa, his first such action since rotator cuff surgery a year ago. Karsay's fastball reached 94 mph. He might be ready to rejoin New York by mid to late June.

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