Brown's rehab on back making progress

Updated: August 16, 2005, 8:10 PM ET
Associated Press

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- New York Yankees pitcher Kevin Brown is making progress in his rehabilitation program for a back injury and might be able to rejoin the team in September.

Kevin Brown
Starting Pitcher
New York Yankees
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2005 SEASON STATISTICS
GM W L BB K ERA
13 4 7 19 50 6.50

Brown is 4-7 with a 6.50 ERA in 13 starts during an injury-marred season. He has been re-examined by Dr. Robert Watkins, who reported a marked improvement in Brown's back.

"There's a chance if he continues to improve that he'll be able to pitch for us in September," manager Joe Torre said before Tuesday night's game at Tampa Bay. "Whether that's out of the bullpen or other than that, we'll wait and see."

Brown will continue undergoing treatment with his therapist in Macon, Ga. He has not resumed throwing.

"The fact that the doctor was pleased with the changes, that's a plus," Torre said.

Another injured starter, Chien-Ming Wang, has thrown off a bullpen mound twice in the past five days. He has been sidelined since mid-July with right shoulder inflammation. New York has not ruled out a return next month for the rookie, who is 6-3 with a 3.89 ERA in 13 games.

Jaret Wright, who allowed two runs over 6 1/3 innings in winning his first start Monday night since being placed on the disabled list in late April with a right shoulder injury, reported no problems one day later.

"Normal stuff," Wright said. "It feels all right."

Yankees owner George Steinbrenner issued a statement Tuesday, praising pitching specialist Billy Connors for his role in Wright's recovery.

"Bill Connors did a wonderful job with Jaret Wright," Steinbrenner said. "He brought him along. He was patient, and he stuck with him with great results. What a pro."

Connors helped Wright with his mechanics, which the right-hander said were "really screwed up" when he resumed throwing during his rehab program.

"He really helped me get back into synch," Wright said.


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