Saturday, May 3, 2003

Radke, Bierbrodt draw suspensions


Major-league notebook: MLB says they hit batters intentionally

The Associated Press

NEW YORK - Minnesota pitcher Brad Radke was suspended for five games and Tampa Bay pitcher Nick Bierbrodt for three by Major League Baseball on Friday for hitting batters in the same game.

Tampa Bay manager Lou Piniella and Minnesota coach Scott Ullger were suspended for one game each. All were fined, as was Devil Rays pitcher Seth McClung.

Radke immediately appealed, delaying any suspension until after a hearing with Bob DuPuy, baseball's chief operating officer. Bierbrodt started his suspension Friday night.

Piniella and Ullger, who also declined to appeal, will serve their penalties today.

"Truthfully, I think it is ludicrous," Piniella said.

Bob Watson, baseball's vice president in charge of discipline, said McClung intentionally threw at Minnesota's Bobby Kielty when he hit him with a pitch in the first inning Wednesday.

Watson said Radke intentionally hit Toby Hall with a pitch in the sixth, after a warning had been issued by umpires, and Bierbrodt intentionally threw at Corie Koskie in the bottom half of the inning.

YANKEES: Bench coach Don Zimmer was in a hospital Friday, a day after being admitted for treatment of what the team called a mild gastrointestinal problem. The 72-year-old Zimmer is expected to be released in two to three days, the Yankees said.

"I talked to him a couple of times," manager Joe Torre said before Friday night's game against Oakland. "He was more comfortable today. They're taking care of it."

Zimmer has been a fixture in the Yankees' dugout since Torre was hired before the 1996 season, when New York began its run of four World Series championships in five years.

• Derek Jeter expects to take batting practice Sunday during his rehabilitation from a dislocated left shoulder. The shortstop, hurt in a collision in the season opener March 31, hit off a tee and took soft toss in a batting cage Friday. He also ran the bases after taking grounders and making throws to first base.

BRAVES: Gary Sheffield will miss at least two games against Arizona this weekend while attending a funeral. The outfielder had gone to Chicago for a funeral, but team spokesman Glen Serra had no other specifics.

ORIOLES: Designated hitter David Segui is expected to come off the 15-day disabled list today, and Baltimore probably will place starting pitcher Rodrigo Lopez on the DL because of a strained muscle in his side.

Segui has been sidelined since April 18 with a strained left hamstring. He has been on the DL twice this year but has a .441 batting average.

MARLINS: Pitcher A.J. Burnett's agent says the team should conduct an inquiry regarding his health. The right-hander is out for the season following elbow surgery.

"We should find out the truth," Darek Braunecker said Friday.

On Thursday, Burnett said he heard a rumor that Marlins management withheld information about his elbow from him and manager Jeff Torborg. General manager Larry Beinfest, angry and emphatic, said the rumor was outrageous and untrue.

But the Palm Beach Post and South Florida Sun-Sentinel each quoted a Marlins source as saying there was knowledge within the organization about Burnett's health that wasn't shared with the pitcher or on-field staff.

ASTROS: Infielder Adam Everett was recalled from Triple-A New Orleans along with right-hander Kirk Saarloos.

RANGERS: Right-hander Joaquin Benoit was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma and started against Cleveland. He was 2-1 with a 4.03 ERA in five starts at Oklahoma.

CARDINALS: Pitcher Russ Springer has a sprained right elbow. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list.




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