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O's Sosa returns bearing a grudge

By wire services
Published May 25, 2005


BALTIMORE - Sammy Sosa came off the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, still angry that some people accused him of feigning a foot injury to miss the Orioles' trip to Chicago this month.

Sosa was out since May 4 with a staph infection on the bottom of his left foot. He missed 16 games, including four on the road against the White Sox from May 12-15.

The outfielder played with the Cubs for 13 years before coming to Baltimore in a February trade. Sosa left Chicago on bad terms, but he insisted he had every intention of returning until the injury.

"I wanted to be there so bad," Sosa said. "It made me mad when people said I was faking not to go to Chicago, especially me, a guy who plays every day. But I was hurt. I was in a lot of pain."

Orioles catcher Javy Lopez broke a bone in his right hand when hit by a foul tip and probably will go on the disabled list.

ANY BONDS FINE FOR ALOU: Felipe Alou is eager to get Barry Bonds back in the batter's box, even if it's only as a pinch-hitter for a while.

Bonds resumed rehabilitation on his injured right knee last weekend and hopes to return around the All-Star break to resume his chase of the home run record. He's in uniform and sitting in the dugout.

"He looks like a baseball player when he's in uniform," the Giants manager said. "You can see a face now revealing a more enthusiastic feeling than before. He'll be back this year."

EX-MVPS FACE OFF: Indians outfielder Juan Gonzalez and White Sox DH Frank Thomas were hitless in the first minor-league game featuring two major-league MVPs in nine seasons. Gonzalez (right hamstring) went 0-for-4 for host Buffalo in his first Triple-A game in 15 years, and Thomas (left ankle) went 0-for-2 for Charlotte.

ANGELS: An MRI exam of rightfielder Vladimir Guerrero's left shoulder confirmed that the AL MVP has a partial dislocation that does not need surgery.

BLUE JAYS: Right-hander Roy Halladay will miss his scheduled start Thursday against the Red Sox with a strained left side muscle. ... Outfielder Frank Catalanotto went on the bereavement list. No details were provided.

BRAVES: Third baseman Chipper Jones, recovering from a strained left oblique muscle, was out of the starting lineup for the second straight game.

BREWERS: Right-hander Ben Sheets is scheduled to throw in the bullpen today in what he hopes will be his final tuneup for returning to the rotation. He has been on the DL since April 21 with an inner ear inflammation.

DODGERS: Left-hander Odalis Perez went on the 15-day disabled list with left shoulder soreness. Former Devil Ray Wilson Alvarez will pitch in Perez's place today.

INDIANS: Outfielder Coco Crisp, who severely sprained his thumb while sliding into third base last week, does not need an operation and could return to the lineup within two weeks.

METS: Centerfielder Carlos Beltran took batting practice but was held out a third straight game with a strained right quadriceps.

PADRES: All-Star second baseman Mark Loretta had surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb but did not need reconstructive surgery. He is expected back in eight to 10 weeks.

PIRATES: Left-hander Sean Burnett had arthroscopic surgery on his pitching shoulder that will sideline him until spring training.

REDS: Outfielder Adam Dunn had a red Danny Graves jersey tacked near his cubicle, a tribute to the team's career saves leader and former Brandon High standout who was let go Monday. But Dunn was missing his vibrating lounge chair. Manager Dave Miley ordered the removal of chairs belonging to Dunn and Ken Griffey.

ROYALS: Left-hander Jeremy Affeldt, out since April 16 with a strained left groin, moves a step closer to returning as closer when he begins a rehabilitation assignment today for Triple-A Omaha.

TWINS: Left-hander Terry Mulholland felt better two days after scratching his right eyeball on a feather sticking out of a pillow in his hotel room.