Thursday, April 24, 2003

Baseball Notebook

Giles' return delayed

The Associated Press

PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Pirates won't have left fielder Brian Giles back as soon as they had hoped.

Manager Lloyd McClendon said Wednesday it's unlikely that Giles, out with a sprained right knee, will be ready to play during a 10-game road trip that begins Tuesday in San Diego.

Giles has been out since hurting his knee sliding into second base April 10 against Milwaukee. He is yet to resume batting practice or running with the quick starts and sudden stops required to run the bases or play the outfield.

Even though Giles was off to a slow start - no homers and four RBI - when he was hurt, the Pirates hit only two homers during the first 10 games of his layoff, even though they managed to win four times.

METS: Losing games and players, the New York Mets made several roster and lineup shifts Wednesday: Right-hander David Cone and outfielder Jeromy Burnitz were placed on the 15-day disabled list, and the Mets said Roger Cedeno will be replaced in center field by a platoon of Tsuyoshi Shinjo and Timo Perez.

Cedeno is hitting .177 with one homer and four RBI in 62 at-bats. New York began the night 8-12 and last in the NL with a .225 batting average and 71 runs.

Cone, 40, came out of Tuesday's 6-2 loss to Houston after two innings because of a sore left hip. He is 1-3 with a 6.75 ERA, and his starting job could be in jeopardy because Pedro Astacio is expected back from the DL soon.

ORIOLES: Outfielder Marty Cordova will undergo surgery to have bone chips removed from his right elbow and is expected to be sidelined for six to eight weeks.

RANGERS: Center fielder Doug Glanville had surgery Wednesday to repair a ruptured hamstring tendon behind his right knee and will be sidelined for about four more weeks.

Without the surgery, Glanville could have continued rehabilitation and been back in two weeks. But there would have been no assurances he wouldn't have more problems with the injury.

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