Thursday, February 27, 2003

Baseball Notebook

Reggie not at odds with Yanks

The Associated Press

Special adviser Reggie Jackson wanted to make it clear Wednesday that he loves his role with the New York Yankees.

Jackson was quoted in the New York Times on Wednesday saying he wanted a bigger role with the team.

Jackson backed off those comments Wednesday. The Hall of Famer said the article has upset some in the organization.

"I like what I do," Jackson said. "I don't have any problems here. I have no negative feelings toward the Yankees."

• Designated hitter-first baseman Nick Johnson will have his sore left wrist examined by a hand specialist Friday.

Johnson has undergone an MRI, bone scan and CT arthrogram in the past week. The results of each test were negative.

"There's something going on," Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Wednesday. "The tests haven't determined what's wrong. Hopefully it's just a strain."

METS: David Cone will get his first spring training start in a split-squad game Saturday against Baltimore in Fort Lauderdale.

"Things have gone well. I've made a lot of progress," said Cone, 40. "It's nice to get that confirmation from your pitching coach."

Also Wednesday, left-hander John Franco threw off the mound for the second time this spring. Franco, recovering from elbow ligament-replacement surgery, threw 40 pitches and said the elbow felt fine.

PADRES: Closer Trevor Hoffman, 35, will have shoulder surgery Friday in Los Angeles that probably will keep him out until the All-Star break.

Hoffman has arthritic degeneration at the end of the bone, which is causing irritation in the shoulder. Dr. Lewis Yocum will do a bone-shaving procedure.

BECHLER MEMORIAL: A memorial service for Baltimore Orioles pitcher Steve Bechler will be held March 8 at the high school he attended in Oregon.

ETC: Wallace Johnson, third base coach for the White Sox the past five seasons, is running for the Gary, Ind., City Council.

• Lawyers for former Minnesota Twins star Kirby Puckett asked a judge Wednesday to allow the testimony of two men who claim the woman who accused Puckett of assault was drunk that night.

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