Gardenhire suspended one game; Penny hit for five
Minnesota Twins: Manager Ron Gardenhire was suspended one game by Major League Baseball on Thursday for inappropriate comments about an umpire.
Gardenhire was also fined an undisclosed amount for his comments about plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt after Monday's 3-2 loss to the Baltimore Orioles in 11 innings. Gardenhire was ejected for arguing balls and strikes.
"It should have never left the field and gotten into the papers," Gardenhire said Thursday. "I made a mistake, and I have talked to Hunter and apologized."
Gardenhire served his suspension during the Twins' game at Detroit on Thursday night.
Arizona Diamondbacks-Philadelphia Phillies: The Phillies traded veteran reliever Tim Worrell, who spent two months on the disabled list for personal reasons, to the Diamondbacks on Thursday for infielder Matt Kata.
Worrell made 19 appearances for the Phillies this season, going 0-1 with a save and a 7.41 ERA. He left the team in May and was placed on the DL with what he called "personal psychological issues." He didn't pitch in the majors again until earlier this month.
The 38-year-old Worrell was in the second season of a $5.5 million, two-year contract with the Phillies. He is 44-56 with 65 saves and a 3.95 ERA in 623 games over 13 seasons.
Kata, 27, hit .194 in 30 games with Arizona this season. He spent the majority of the season at Triple-A Tucson, hitting .312 with three homers and 28 RBIs in 45 games.
Kata is a career .249 hitter in parts of three major league seasons.
Los Angeles Dodgers: Pitcher Brad Penny was suspended five games and fined an undisclosed amount by Major League Baseball for his run-in with an umpire during the Dodgers' game against San Francisco last week.
Penny was ejected by plate umpire Rob Drake last Thursday after throwing his helmet while returning to the dugout following a play at first base. Penny then had to be held back by third base coach Jim Lett and bench coach Glenn Hoffman before leaving the field.
The right-hander's suspension is scheduled to begin Friday, though he will remain eligible to pitch if he appeals the penalty.
Wright is scheduled for additional simulated games Saturday and Monday. He was placed on the disabled list April 24, one day after leaving his start against Texas because of pain in his shoulder.
"Now we're going to throw every other day and take it from there," Wright said.
Wright could be ready to rejoin the Yankees sometime next month, although there is no official timetable.
Chien-Ming Wang, who went on the 15-day disabled list July 14 because of inflammation and a strain in his right shoulder, has started an exercise program at the Yankees' spring training complex.
Wang could begin a throwing program in about two weeks. Team officials have said surgery may be necessary if the shoulder doesn't respond to therapy.
Legend O'Neil at Dodgers-Mets game
Buck O'Neil will be at the Dodgers-Mets game on Saturday, along with a traveling exhibit of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.
The 93-year-old O'Neil, a former player and manager of the Kansas City Monarchs, serves as the museum's chairman and goodwill ambassador.
The traveling exhibit "Times of Greatness," features historic photos, video, uniforms and other memorabilia from the Negro Leagues of the 1920s through the 1960s.
The exhibit will travel to Yankee Stadium on July 30 and make stops in various cities through Oct. 1.
To make room for Condrey on the 40-man roster, the Phillies moved left-handed starter Randy Wolf to the 60-day disabled list. Wolf had season-ending elbow surgery in June and won't return until next year.
Condrey started 15 games for Scranton, going 5-5 with a 3.80 ERA. He also pitched for San Diego from 2002-03, posting a 2-4 record in 60 2-3 innings. Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said Condrey would be used in long relief.
Sandoval played in just three games for Philadelphia, going 0-for-2. Prior to his callup, he batted .350 in 75 games for Scranton.
Eldred, 25, was hitting .282 with 15 home runs and 48 RBI in 54 games with Indianapolis, including 10 homers and 23 RBI in his last 11 games. The right-handed hitting Eldred, a sixth-round draft choice in 2002, is expected to replace the struggling Daryle Ward in the lineup.
"He's swinging the bat very well. We're struggling offensively, and we want to give him the opportunity to swing the bat at the major league level and see what he can do," Pirates general manager David Littlefield said.
Hill, 27, hit .269 in 58 games with Pittsburgh this season.
Texas Rangers: The Rangers added two veteran arms to their beleaguered pitching staff, acquiring reliever Kevin Gryboski in a trade with Atlanta and claiming starter-reliever James Baldwin off waivers from Baltimore.
Rangers manager Buck Showalter said he expected to have Gryboski by Friday night's game against Oakland and Baldwin by Saturday. He already was eyeing Gryboski for a late-inning slot and was going to wait to decide how to use Baldwin. Texas might need an extra starter as soon as next week if Kenny Rogers' 20-game suspension is upheld.
Gryboski has a 2.95 ERA in 31 outings this season. He was on the disabled list in May because of a viral infection, then didn't allow an earned run over 11 games from June 8-July 8.
He was acquired for right-handed pitcher Matt Lorenzo, a starter in the low minors. Gryboski had been with the Braves since 2002, compiling a career record of 11-7 with a 3.32 ERA. He has pitched in 10 playoff games the last two years.
Baldwin was an All-Star in 2000, but has become a journeyman. The Rangers will be his seventh team over 11 seasons. He has a 79-72 career record and a 5.01 ERA, primarily as a starter. However, the Orioles used him out of the bullpen and he had a 1.61 ERA over 12 appearances.
To clear the first of two roster spots they'll need for the newcomers, the Rangers demoted left-handed reliever C.J. Wilson to Double-A Frisco prior to Thursday night's game.
Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press
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