Pitcher's return moved up

Associated Press
Published April 14, 2005

MINNEAPOLIS - Right-hander Carlos Silva received another encouraging diagnosis of his injured right knee, and the Twins plan to activate him from the 15-day disabled list when he's eligible April22.

An MRI exam revealed a lateral meniscus tear in the knee, and initially the team believed he would be out until at least after the All-Star break, if not the entire season.

But examinations by two more doctors suggested he could pitch through the injury and delay surgery until after the season. Silva was in Houston on Wednesday to visit Dr. David Lintner , the Astros' medical director, and he agreed that surgery could wait.

"That's nice news," manager Ron Gardenhire said.

Silva will return to Minnesota and probably throw a bullpen session today before being sent on a minor-league rehabilitation assignment. The Twins expect to reinsert Silva into the rotation as soon as he's eligible to come off the DL.

"Hopefully the knee responds favorably and we'll go from there," Gardenhire said.

Meanwhile, first baseman Justin Morneau 's condition improved enough to shag flies and take grounders during batting practice. On the disabled list for dizziness and headaches stemming from a beanball a week ago, Morneau will likely be sent to Florida to play in some extended spring training games before he's eligible to be activated April 22.

ASTROS: Second baseman Craig Biggio was hit by a pitch in the right hand and left the game. His status was unknown.

BREWERS: Right-hander Mike Jones , the team's top draft pick in 2001, is scheduled for another shoulder operation today. He had surgery on his right shoulder Oct.7 but felt pain over the past six weeks, and an MRI exam showed his rotator cuff hadn't healed.

CARDINALS: Backup second baseman Abraham Nunez got upended by the Reds' Ryan Freel in the ninth and was down for several minutes before leaving without assistance. He is scheduled for a bone scan of his ribs today.

INDIANS: Travis Hafner signed a $7-million, three-year contract, the second Cleveland player given a long-term deal this season. Catcher Victor Martinez signed a $15.5-million, five-year contract last week.

METS: Leftfielder Cliff Floyd was removed from the lineup after slightly pulling his left side during batting practice.

RANGERS: Right-hander R.A. Dickey went on the 15-day disabled list with right triceps inflammation. An MRI exam revealed no structural damage.

ROYALS: Rookie third baseman Mark Teahen , a key to the trade that sent centerfielder Carlos Beltran to Houston last year, went on the 15-day disabled list with a lower back strain. Kansas City purchased the contract of infielder Joe McEwing from Triple-A Omaha.

TIGERS: Outfielder Magglio Ordonez was sent to Detroit because of recurring symptoms from a viral infection that has forced him to miss five games. Ordonez missed several games at the end of spring training but played in the season opener.