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Will start by rehabbing injured shoulder

8/15/2003

Anaheim Angels: Troy Glaus' MRI this week showed a partial tear of the rotator cuff and a frayed labrum in his right shoulder, the Orange County Register reported Thursday. Glaus is unsure what the next step is.

"There's no way to tell," Glaus said to the paper. "Gotta put in rehab time now. That's basically all I know."

The plan is for Glaus to continue with a program of rest and treatment on the injured shoulder that landed him on the disabled list July 22, according to the paper, but there is the possibility rehabilitation alone won't be enough to treat the injury and surgery might be necessary.

"That's hypothetical. We'll worry about that if there's a decision made to go that way," Angels general manager Bill Stoneman said Wednesday to the Register. "There are a lot of players and a lot of pitchers that have labrum tears and rotator cuff tears and rehab their way through it and are very successful. It's an individual thing but there are players that are able to do that."

Angels manager Mike Scioscia overcame a torn rotator cuff early in his career without surgery.

"Right now we're just going to see how Troy reacts to shutting it down and concentrating on rehab," Scioscia said to the paper.

Glaus told the paper he has been given no timetable on when a decision would have to be made on the effectiveness of rehabilitation vs. surgery without jeopardizing his availability for the start of next season.

Cincinnati Reds: Reds shortstop Barry Larkin might miss the rest of the season because of inflamed scar tissue from a groin operation he had two years ago, the Cincinnati Post reported Thursday.

For now, Larkin will rest and the team will reevaluate its options.

"We're going to give Lark a couple of days," Reds manager Dave Miley said to the paper. "We have pushed him pretty hard, and he has played every day. He definitely didn't want to come out, but I think this is the best route for the next couple of days. I talked to Barry and (medical director Dr. Tim) Kremchek (Tuesday) night. We just felt this would give it a chance to simmer down a little bit."

Kremchek will re-evaluate Larkin on Friday, at which time Larkin could be placed on the 15-day disabled list for the third time this season, according to the paper.

  • Outfielder Austin Kearns had surgery on his throwing shoulder and will wear a sling for two weeks.

    Kearns injured his right shoulder in a home plate collision against Atlanta on May 21 and will began a rehab program Friday. He is expected to recover fully by spring training.

    He had arthroscopic surgery to repair the posterior and superior labrum, rotator cuff and AC joint in his right shoulder.

    Kearns has been on the disabled list since July 17. In 45 games before the injury, he hit .309 with 13 homers and 44 RBI. In 37 games after it, he batted .208 with two homers and 14 RBI.

  • Cincinnati acquired right-hander Matt Belisle to complete the trade that sent left-hander Kent Mercker to the Atlanta Braves.

    Belisle, 23, was 7-9 with Double-A Greenville and Triple-A Richmond this season. He was assigned to Triple-A Louisville.

    The Reds designated outfielder Mark Budzinski for assignment. Budzinski hit .269 in 56 games with Louisville and appeared in four games for the Reds earlier this month.

    Minnesota Twins: The Twins designated veteran right-hander James Baldwin for assignment and replaced him in their bullpen by recalling right-hander Grant Balfour.

    Baldwin gave up four homers in 2 1/3 innings over his last two appearances and had a 5.40 ERA in 15 innings. Baldwin, who has three days to decide whether to accept the assignment to Triple-A Rochester or become a free agent, was signed by the Twins in June. He had his contract selected from Rochester on July 9.

    "They gave me a chance," Baldwin said. "Things happen. We'll see what happens in the next few days. I'll either take it, or not and look toward next season."

    Balfour, a promising rookie from Australia, posted a 3.24 ERA in 8 1/3 innings during an earlier stint with the Twins this year. He's 5-2 with a 2.41 ERA and five saves in 21 appearances (11 starts) with Rochester.

    Seattle Mariners: Jeff Cirillo's tough season got a little more frustrating when the third baseman strained a muscle on the left side of his back during a rehabilitation assignment at Triple-A Tacoma.

    Cirillo was taking batting practice for an afternoon game when he felt a spasm. He was scratched from the lineup and traveled to Seattle, where he was examined by Mariners team physician Dr. Larry Pedegana.

    It was reported by the team as an intercostal sprain in the left rib cage. Cirillo will be re-examined on Friday, when Pedegana plans to establish a timeline for his recovery.

    "I think we should hold back on saying it's an injury because I'm not in any pain," Cirillo said. "I'd just call it being safe."

    Cirillo, 33, went on the disabled list July 24 with a partially dislocated right shoulder. During his assignment in the minors, he also worked on flawed hitting mechanics that dropped his major league average to .210 this year.

    Houston Astros: The Astros signed reliever Rick White and sent Kirk Saarloos to Triple-A New Orleans.

    White, designated for assignment earlier this month by the Chicago White Sox after he criticized manager Jerry Manuel's handling of the bullpen, was 1-2 with a 6.61 ERA in 34 games with the White Sox.

    "I don't have any comment about anything on the White Sox," White said before Thursday's game. "They gave me an opportunity to pitch. I really didn't meet their standards. I didn't meet mine. They did what they had to do. They are battling for a playoff spot, and I'm battling for one over here."

    The Astros initially announced White's signing last week, then rescinded the move after learning he was still the property of the White Sox at the time and not a free agent.

    White finally signed Wednesday night and joined the Astros on Thursday. He pitched a shaky fifth inning, giving up a run on two walks and two hit batsmen. The Astros are his seventh major league team.

    Arizona Diamondbacks: Injured Diamondbacks first baseman Mark Grace took 29 swings for the first time since being placed on the 15-day disabled list and showed no discomfort, the Arizona Republic reported.

    "It felt good," Grace said to the paper. "The whole time this was about a four- to five-day injury, but we didn't have the luxury of sitting me for five days and not having a body up here. But it's feeling better. And things like this just take a few days or less and then they get better."

    Grace can't be activated from the DL until Aug. 21 at the earliest.

    "It looked like he was swinging all right," said Diamondbacks manager Bob Brenly, who threw early batting practice, to the paper. "It looked like he was cheating. This was the first time he was swinging in a while, and he got it started a little early to make sure he didn't overextend at the wrong time, but he's swinging it pretty good."

    Detroit Tigers: The Tigers placed third baseman Eric Munson on the 15-day disabled list with a fracture of his left thumb.

    The move is retroactive to Aug 12.

    The Tigers replaced Munson by purchasing the contract of infielder Danny Klassen from Triple-A Toledo.

    Munson sustained the non-displaced fracture diving for a foul ball Monday night at Texas. Munson is batting .240 with 18 homers and 50 RBI in 99 games for the Tigers.

    Klassen was batting .246 with 11 homers and 48 RBI in 112 games for the Mud Hens.

    Chicago Cubs: Manager Dusty Baker would not rule out skipping left-hander Shawn Estes' next scheduled start in next week's important series in Houston, the Chicago Sun Times reported Thursday.

    Estes struggled through 4 1/3 innings Wednesday -- the seventh time in 24 starts this season he has failed to last five innings. The Cubs have a day off Monday, which gives them the option of skipping Estes in the rotation.

    Matt Clement, who will start Thursday afternoon, could pitch on his normal rest Tuesday. Mark Prior and Kerry Wood, who will start Friday and Saturday against the Los Angeles Dodgers, could close out the series on their normal rest next Wednesday and Thursday.

    Baker was supportive of Estes, despite the fact he allowed four runs (two earned), five hits and five walks.

    "There were many, many near strikes from where we were," Baker said. "Shawn threw the ball well. He was just smitten by the bases on balls. There was also an untimely error or he might have pitched longer."

    Told Baker again was supportive of him, Estes was amazed it was even an issue.

    "Why wouldn't he be?" Estes said. "Other than today, I have thrown the ball pretty well in my last three starts. I'm not here for a tryout. You are going to have bad games. He understands it's a long season, and I have thrown the ball a lot better than the results have shown.

    "I don't think there is any reason why he shouldn't stick by me. I do appreciate that. He has always been in my corner. He knows we are going to need me down the stretch."

    Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.