Saturday, June 12, 2004

Yankees' Brown may not miss start

Baseball notebook

The Associated Press

NEW YORK - Tests on Kevin Brown's troublesome back showed no major damage, and he might not even miss a start for the New York Yankees.

Brown was treated for a strained lower back Friday and is day-to-day after getting hurt earlier in the week.

He had an MRI, CT scan and X-rays Thursday. The tests did not reveal a herniated disk, the team said. Brown had surgery to repair a disc in his back in 2002.

"The good news is there is no structural damage," manager Joe Torre said. "We'll play it by ear. He can pitch any time he feels ready."

Torre left open the possibility that Brown could make his next scheduled start Tuesday in Arizona - but said it's up to Brown.

The right-hander was forced to leave Wednesday night's start against Colorado after two ineffective innings because of stiffness in his lower back. He said he felt as if a "steel rod" were in his back.

• Pitcher Mike Mussina left his start against the San Diego Padres on Friday night after just three innings because of tightness in his right groin.

SUSPENSIONS: St. Louis outfielder Roger Cedeno was suspended for four games and Colorado reliever Steve Reed was suspended for three games for their animated run-ins with umpires.

Both players appealed, meaning their penalties will not take effect until hearings are held. Cedeno and Reed also were fined undisclosed amounts by Major League Baseball.

The suspensions had been set to start Friday night. Cedeno was not in the starting lineup as the Cardinals played at Texas, and Reed was available as the Rockies visited Tampa Bay.

Cedeno was suspended after spraying an umpire with spit Tuesday. Reed was penalized after throwing glove in an umpire's direction Sunday.

RED SOX: Scott Williamson was activated from the 15-day disabled list. Williamson had a 1.69 ERA and one save in 16 innings before going on the disabled list May 21 with inflammation of the right elbow.

GIANTS: Right-hander Brett Tomko was placed on the 15-day disabled list with an elbow injury. The move is retroactive to June 8. Tomko (1-4, 5.86 ERA) has right elbow inflammation.

CARDINALS: St. Louis recalled RHP Jason Simontacchi and optioned RHP Dan Haren to Triple-A Memphis before Friday's game against the Texas Rangers.

Haren gave up 10 runs in 3 2/3 innings in an emergency start Thursday against the Chicago Cubs. Haren was filling for the ailing Jason Marquis, who was sidelined by back spasms.

Simontacchi, who won a combined 20 games for the Cardinals the past two years, was sent to Memphis in April after giving up four home runs in five innings out of the bullpen while compiling a 10.13 ERA.

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