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'Intolerable' pain forces Eldred to leave after 2 innings

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© St. Petersburg Times, published April 12, 2001

CHICAGO -- Cal Eldred felt a pain in his right elbow that was all too familiar.

He thought a 5-inch screw implanted in his arm last fall was the answer after a career full of injuries, surgeries and stress fractures. And during spring training, he felt fine.

But in his second start of the season, in the second inning of Chicago's 7-6 win Wednesday against Cleveland, Eldred experienced pain he called "intolerable."

Now his season -- and perhaps his career -- is in jeopardy again. He is scheduled to have a bone scan today to determine the extent of his latest injury.

"What you hope right now is tomorrow it's not lit up that much and maybe it's just a bump in the road and we can get over it," Eldred said.

"I want to pitch, and I believe I can. ... I think at this point, it's not, 'Why?' It's, 'What do I have to do next?' "

Eldred gave up three hits and a run. His start Wednesday had been moved back two days because of a sore neck.

"On the second to last pitch he looked my way and grimaced. He was in a lot of pain," first baseman Paul Konerko said.

ANGELS: Broadcaster Rex Hudler, recovering from bleeding at the base of the brain, will be released from the hospital. Tests on Monday found that Hudler had a minor hemorrhage, but the vessel has sealed over, Dr. Gary Steinberg said.

BRAVES: Manager Bobby Cox has 1,620 victories, surpassing Ralph Houk for 12th all time.

BREWERS: Reliever Valerio De Los Santos, who tore a ligament in his right elbow last week, could have elbow reconstruction surgery this week.

CARDINALS: Jim Edmonds was scratched because of tightness in his right groin.

INDIANS: Slugger Juan Gonzalez expects to be booed on his return to Comerica Park tonight. "Why not?" said Gonzalez, who spent last season with the Tigers. "The way I played there last year, I would have booed myself." ... Centerfielder Kenny Lofton missed a sixth straight game with a strained right calf.

MARLINS: Infielder Andy Fox went on the disabled list because of a broken right pinkie. The team purchased the contract of right-hander Joe Strong from Triple-A Calgary. Strong had a 9.00 ERA and one save in five spring training games.

MARINERS: Outfielder Ichiro Suzuki didn't make a big deal about getting coins and ice thrown at him by fans in Oakland on Tuesday. "Something came out of the sky," Suzuki said through a translator. "I couldn't tell if it was rain or money coming down. It's not that big an event." Suzuki said he experienced the same treatment in Japan. "In visiting cities, things fall out of the sky," he said. "One time the gods throw an aluminum can at me."

METS: Rightfielder Timo Perez was put on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained left groin. The move was made retroactive to Monday, a day after Perez was injured. The team purchased the contract of first baseman-outfielder Mark Johnson from Triple-A Norfolk.

ORIOLES: Outfielder Brady Anderson didn't start for the first time. He was 3-for-27 and was 0-for-10 with four strikeouts against Boston's Frank Castillo.

PADRES: Right-hander Brian Lawrence got his first big-league promotion when he was called up from Triple-A Portland. Reliever Dave Maurer was optioned to Portland after going 0-0 with a 10.80 ERA. Lawrence has been a starter in his three-year pro career but San Diego will use him as a reliever.

PIRATES: Right-hander Ramon Martinez signed a one-year contract with an option for a second season and is expected to start Saturday against the Cubs. Martinez, 33, was 10-8 with a 6.13 ERA in 27 starts for the Red Sox last season. He spent a month on the disabled list with a bruised right knee.

REDS: Right-hander Scott Williamson, who will miss the season with a torn right elbow ligament, is scheduled to have surgery today in Birmingham, Ala. YANKEES: Pitcher Carlos Almanzar was sent to to Triple-A Columbus and Randy Keisler was recalled. Keisler started against Kansas City in place of Christian Parker, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list this week with shoulder stiffness. ... Catcher Jorge Posada was scratched with a stiff back. ... Manager Joe Torre said outfielder Bernie Williams, who left Monday to be with his ailing father, might rejoin the team in Boston this weekend.

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