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Walker slips in field, leaves game

9/6/2004

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.