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Ailing knee will sideline Boston's Wells

By TIMES WIRES
Published May 30, 2006


TORONTO - Red Sox left-hander David Wells will miss a turn in the rotation because of a sore right knee.

Wells left his last start after taking a line drive off his knee. He'll miss his scheduled start Wednesday. He felt soreness while throwing on flat ground Monday.

"It was pretty sore," Boston manager Terry Francona said. "But we're not going to DL him yet either."

Wells threw 15 to 20 pitches before shutting it down. Francona declined to say who will start Wednesday.

Wells, 43, has pitched twice this year, starting the season on the disabled list and going back on with a sprained right knee after an April 12 start in which he gave up seven runs in four-plus innings. In his last start Friday, he left in the fifth inning when the Devil Rays' Travis Lee lined one off the same knee.

JAYS RECALL VETERAN: The Blue Jays called up veteran infielder Edgardo Alfonzo from Double-A New Hampshire and placed utility infielder John McDonald on the 15-day disabled list with a strained groin.

Alfonzo, who signed a minor-league contract Thursday, was released by the Angels this month after batting .100 in 18 games.

He hit .277 last season for the Giants, with two home runs and 43 RBIs in 109 games. He has a career batting average of .285.

Alfonzo, 32, will play second base while Aaron Hill shifts to shortstop.

FIGHTING MAD: Mariners left-hander Eddie Guardado challenged his teammates to play better after Sunday's 4-3 loss at Minnesota. "We're not getting the job done," said the closer, who included himself in the criticism. "We're all in this together. It's embarrassing."

Manager Mike Hargrove echoed Guardado's sentiments as his team took a four-game losing streak into a three-game series against Texas. "It never bothers me when a player takes responsibility," he said.