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© St. Petersburg Times, published April 18, 2001

Hamstring to keep Griffey out of lineup

Hamstring to keep Griffey out of lineup

CINCINNATI -- Ken Griffey will be out of the Reds lineup indefinitely because of a partially torn left hamstring that is healing slowly.

An MRI exam on Tuesday found the partial tear in the lower part of the hamstring, which Griffey pulled during spring training one week before opening day.

Although Griffey might aggravate the injury by running, the team plans to continue using him as a pinch-hitter rather than putting him on the 15-day disabled list. Griffey wants to stay on the active roster even though he can't run.

MCGWIRE NOT HEALING: The pain in Cardinals first baseman Mark McGwire's right knee might force him back on the disabled list.

McGwire has played in six games following off-season surgery for patella tendinitis. The Cardinals are hesitant to disable him, but team physician George Paletta said it might be worthwhile to give him more rest.

STARGELL MEMORIAL: Willie Stargell was remembered as much for his wit as his 475 home runs at a memorial service at a Pittsburgh church, eight days after the Pirates Hall of Famer died at age 61. About 900 people attended the service.

UMP OUT: Umpire Larry Young will miss 2-3 weeks after being hit in the face by a throw from Diamondbacks second baseman Jay Bell on Monday night at Busch Stadium. Young needed 14 stitches to close a cut above his left eye.

COURT RULING: Back-pay awards such as those won by players after a 1980s labor dispute are subject to federal taxes based on the year the money is paid out, the Supreme Court ruled. The Internal Revenue Service argued that taxing the whole amount at one rate is simpler than figuring out which old tax rates applied to what part of a lump-sum settlement.

BAERGA JOINS ATLANTIC LEAGUE: Former Indians and Mets second baseman Carlos Baerga signed with the Long Island Ducks.

ASTROS: Right-handed reliever Doug Brocail, disabled since March 30, has a torn medial collateral ligament in his right elbow.

CUBS: Right-hander Julian Tavarez said he was told the appeal of his suspension for fighting San Francisco's Russ Davis in spring training was rejected. He said he would begin serving the five games today.

DODGERS: The team is looking into reports that general manager Kevin Malone threatened to fight Padres fan Jim Esterbrooks, who heckled Gary Sheffield during Saturday's game.

RED SOX: Right-hander David Cone threw all of his pitches during a bullpen session for the first time since going on the disabled list with right shoulder tendinitis. ... General manager Dan Duquette is close to an agreement on a contract extension.

TIGERS: Third baseman Dean Palmer decided not to go on the disabled list two days after thinking he might have to with a bone spur in his right elbow.

YANKEES: Manager Joe Torre said he still doesn't know when centerfielder Bernie Williams will return. Williams is with his hospitalized father in Puerto Rico.

OBITUARY: Nelson Burbrink, the scout who signed Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver to a contract with the Mets, died April 11 after a long battle with cancer. He was 79.

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