Brown throws bullpen session

Updated: July 29, 2004, 9:02 AM ET
Associated Press

TORONTO -- New York Yankees right-hander Kevin Brown will likely return from the disabled list Friday and start against the Baltimore Orioles that night.

Brown, sidelined since June 9 with a lower back spasm and an intestinal parasite, threw a bullpen session Wednesday and felt good.

"My guess is he'll pitch Friday, but before we validate that I think we have to wait till tomorrow and see how he feels," New York manager Joe Torre said.

Brown said he'd let the team decide whether he starts Friday's game. He is 7-1 with a 4.13 ERA in 13 starts for the Yankees.

"The key is to be good enough to give the team a chance to win," Brown said. "I'm encouraged with the way I felt."

The 39 year-old Brown has felt weak for months because of the parasite.

Teammate Jason Giambi has also been fatigued because of an intestinal parasite, but Torre expects to know more about the slugger's condition Thursday.

"Jason tried to play through it, there's no question about it," Torre said. "Maybe he tried to talk himself into thinking he was getting better."

Also, Torre thinks Orlando Hernandez will be able to make his next start after leaving in the second inning of Tuesday night's 7-4 victory because of tightness in his left hamstring.

Tanyon Sturtze has an injured right pinkie that will keep him from starting Thursday against Baltimore. Instead, Jose Contreras will pitch on three days' rest against the Orioles.

Mike Mussina, out since July 6 because of a stiff right elbow, is expected to play catch Thursday and might be allowed to resume throwing off a mound this weekend.

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