Walker slips in field, leaves game

Originally Published: September 5, 2004
Associated Press

St. Louis Cardinals: Right fielder Larry Walker sprained his right knee when he slipped fielding a ball near foul territory Sunday, but the injury is not believed to be serious.

"I'm assuming he's going to be OK," manager Tony La Russa said. "Nobody told me otherwise."

Walker was removed in the fifth inning of Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers and had an MRI exam that revealed a small bone bruise. Trainer Barry Weinberg said Walker was day-to-day and conceivably could play Monday at San Diego.

Walker, who is batting .305 with 12 homers and 38 RBI in 62 games, limped for several minutes but was able to trot off the field after medical attention.

"That's always a good sign," Weinberg said. "He's one of those very tough, tough individuals."

Anaheim Angels: Manager Mike Scioscia hopes outfielder Jose Guillen (swollen right wrist) will return to the lineup Tuesday against Toronto.

Guillen, who has symptoms consistent with carpal tunnel syndrome in the wrist, returned to Anaheim on Saturday to be examined by team doctors.

"I'm not ruling out the possibility of him playing Tuesday," Scioscia said. "I'm optimistic we'll get him back in short order. When that will be, it's tough to say."

Boston Red Sox: The Red Sox called up pitcher Pedro Astacio from Triple-A Pawtucket, giving Boston's bullpen another veteran right-hander.

Astacio, 34, has been rehabilitating from right shoulder surgery since June 2003. He started Friday for Pawtucket and allowed one run on one hit.

Astacio, a native of the Dominican Republic, has pitched 12 seasons in the majors as a starter for the Dodgers, Rockies, Astros, and Mets. He is 118-109 with a 4.58 ERA in 346 career appearances (303 starts).

To make room, left-hander Lenny DiNardo was transferred to the 60-day disabled list from the 15-day disabled list, general manager Theo Epstein said.

Also: Center fielder Johnny Damon was a late scratch for the team's game against the Texas Rangers with an injured finger.

Damon missed the prior two games after jamming his right pinky diving back to first against Anaheim on Thursday.

Speaking to reporters before batting practice, Red Sox manager Terry Francona said Damon would return to the starting lineup on Sunday. But Damon was scratched after batting practice.

Dave Roberts moved from right field to center and batted in Damon's leadoff spot and Gabe Kapler took Roberts' place in right field.

Pittsburgh Pirates: Right-hander Kip Wells left his start against the Houston Astros in the first inning with tightness in his pitching elbow.

Wells (5-7) threw only 13 pitches. He struck out Craig Biggio and allowed a single to Carlos Beltran before leaving.

Club officials said Wells, who was making his first start since going on the disabled list Aug. 23 with right elbow inflammation, was taken out for precautionary reasons.

"We don't know yet," manager Lloyd McClendon said Sunday night when asked about Wells' condition. "His elbow just got tight. He was OK warming up. He was fine then. And he looked fine against the first two guys. But something happened."

San Diego Padres: The Padres brought back right-hander Andy Ashby and plan to use him out of the bullpen.

The Padres purchased Ashby's contract after he successfully rehabbed his right elbow from Tommy John surgery, performed last Oct. 20. He last pitched in the majors for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2003, going 3-10 with a 5.18 ERA.

The Padres signed him to a minor league contract on March 30. He hasn't pitched at any level this season.

Ashby pitched for the Padres from 1993-1999, going 70-62 with a 3.60 ERA. He helped the Padres win the NL West title in 1996 and the NL pennant in 1998, and was an All-Star in 1998 and 1999.

Chicago White Sox: Right-hander Freddy Garcia threw 60 pitches in the bullpen before Sunday's game against Seattle and felt fine, according to White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper.

Garcia, who has had a right forearm injury and hasn't pitched since Aug. 22., is expected to start Wednesday at Texas.

"I don't know how long he'll pitch," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "We'll keep a close eye on him and see how he feels."

Kansas City Royals: Former All-Star Mike MacDougal was among four players called up.

MacDougal was 3-3 with 24 saves and a 2.59 ERA when he was selected to the All-Star team in 2003. After the break, the right-hander went 0-2 with three saves and a 6.85 ERA.

He began this season on the 15-day disabled list, then appeared in five games, posting a 10.80 ERA. He went 1-0 with one save and a 1.56 ERA in 16 games for Double-A Wichita.

Kansas City also called up right-hander Denny Bautista, left-hander Chris George and catcher Paul Phillips.

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