Mussina can come off July 22

Updated: July 16, 2004, 8:46 PM ET
Associate Press

DETROIT -- The New York Yankees have one more reason to want Randy Johnson.

Mike Mussina
Starting Pitcher
New York Yankees
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2004 SEASON STATISTICS
GM W L Sv K ERA
18 9 6 0 75 5.20

Mike Mussina went on the disabled list with a sore right elbow Friday, two days before he was scheduled to return to the rotation.

Mussina said he woke up Friday with the elbow so stiff he couldn't touch his right shoulder. The right-hander thinks he tweaked it while batting in an interleague game against the New York Mets earlier this month.

"They decided I'm not going to pitch Sunday because of how I feel," Mussina said before New York played at Detroit.

Mussina, who has fluid in his elbow, will be eligible to come off the DL on July 22. Alex Graman was recalled from Triple-A Columbus to take his roster spot.

With Mussina's setback and Kevin Brown coming off a rough outing at Double-A Trenton on Thursday, the Yankees may be more motivated to make a move for pitching help by the July 31 trade deadline. Brown has been out since June 10 with a strained back and intestinal parasite.

But if Johnson joined the Yankees, he would most likely push their payroll to nearly $200 million. Would that be good for the game?

"I'm not going to make that judgment call," Selig said. "I understand how fans feel, and it's a very fair question. But I'm worried more about the overall trend, and I'm very happy with the year the sport is having. I'm happy with the economic landscape changing as dramatically as it has.

"And the Diamondbacks haven't done anything yet, with anybody. I've read, that's my source, that they may be talking to four or five clubs. So, let's see how it all plays out."

Arizona has called teams to see who -- besides the Yankees -- is ready to trade for him.

The Yankees officially told Diamondbacks general manager Joe Garagiola Jr. on Wednesday that they'd like to have him. Boston, Anaheim and the Chicago White Sox are among the other clubs expected to make a pitch for the five-time Cy Young winner.