Righty throws off mound with no problems

Updated: July 16, 2005, 4:16 PM ET
Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. -- New York Yankees pitcher Kevin Brown will start against the Rangers on Monday, manager Joe Torre said Saturday, one day after the right-hander threw 69 pitches off a mound as part of his rehabilitation from a back injury.

Brown departed the Yankees' spring training complex afterward with his equipment bag, optimistic that he was done rehabbing and ready to rejoin the Yankees rotation as soon as Monday.

"I hope so," Brown said. "So far, it's good."

Brown, who has chronic back trouble, went on the disabled list for the 13th time in his career June 18. The right-hander planned to return to his Macon, Ga. home and see his physical therapist, who has been working on his back.

Brown, who started the season on the DL because of a back strain, was activated April 17 and went 5-6 with a 5.48 ERA.

The Yankees have four starting pitchers on the disabled list. Carl Pavano and Jaret Wright, both out with shoulder injuries, threw off the mound for the second time in three days.

Pavano could return in the next 10-to-14 days. Wright might be ready to pitch in the majors sometime next month.

Chien-Ming Wang went on the 15-day disabled list Thursday with inflammation in his right shoulder. He is scheduled to be examined by Dr. James Andrews in Alabama on Monday.

Ramiro Mendoza said he will throw batting practice for the second time Monday. He had a 35-pitch BP session on Friday. The reliever had shoulder surgery in January.

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