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Washburn thinks he could be ready in 10 days

9/14/2005 - MLB

Los Angeles Angels: Jarrod Washburn will miss his start Wednesday with forearm tendinitis, the Los Angeles Times reported.

"My level of concern is almost zero -- my level of frustration is very high," Washburn told the paper. "I want nothing more than to be out there and helping the team, but I can't jeopardize my career at the same time. Last time I went out there, I wasn't as sharp, and I wasn't able to help the team the way I can when I'm healthy."

Washburn said he needs about 10 days to recover.

Joe Saunders, who made an emergency start Aug. 16, is expected to start for Washburn.

New York Yankees: Right-hander Mike Mussina threw a bullpen session, tossing 43 pitches in his first mound outing since an Aug. 29 start against Seattle, The New York Times reported.

"It was OK, I guess," Mussina told the paper through a team spokesman. "Not 100 percent, but it wasn't bad."

Assuming his next bullpen session on Friday goes well, Mussina is expected back in the rotation next Thursday against Baltimore.

Boston Red Sox: An MRI of Red Sox outfielder Johnny Damon's left shoulder showed no structural damage.

Damon didn't play in Boston's 6-5 win in 11 innings over Toronto
on Monday night. He has been playing with discomfort since injuring
the shoulder on a slide against Baltimore on Sept. 4.

"The report was as good as it could be," Boston manager Terry
Francona said. "Structurally there is no damage. I think he
bruised that area. He's got some swelling."

Francona said Damon will remain in Boston for treatment while
the Red Sox finish their Toronto road trip. Boston returns home to
play Oakland on Thursday.

"Even if he can't [play] the news is good. He's going to be
OK," Francona said. "We just have to let it settle down."

Damon got a cortisone shot after Friday night's game in New
York, sat out Saturday and was Boston's designated hitter on
Sunday. He is second in the AL in batting average (.321) and fifth
in runs scored.

Gabe Kapler started in center field for the Red Sox and batted
ninth on Tuesday night. Second baseman Tony Graffanino moved up to
the leadoff spot.

Chicago White Sox:
White Sox reliever Damaso Marte was in Chicago to have his sore neck examined, and manager Ozzie Guillen said the left-hander probably will go on the disabled list.

"We'll make a decision tomorrow to see if we're going to need
another body," Guillen said before the White Sox played the
Royals.

Marte is 3-3 with four saves and a 3.43 ERA in 60 relief appearances. He was put on the disabled list June 30 with an inflamed muscle on the left side of his upper back and was activated July 14. He did not pitch from June 8-13 because of a sore left biceps.

"We can play without him," Guillen said. "We did it before."

Guillen sent Marte home Sunday after he arrived late at the ballpark.

"He doesn't have to apologize to me," Guillen said. "He needs to apologize to his teammates for being late. If you're going to be late for any reason, come to my office."

San Diego Padres:
The Padres activated right-hander Pedro Astacio from the 15-day disabled list and he will start Saturday against Washington.

The 35-year-old Astacio went on the DL on Aug. 29, a day after straining his right quadriceps muscle in a win over Colorado. He is
2-2 this season with a 3.76 ERA in nine outings, seven starts.

Chicago Cubs:
The Cubs recalled outfielder Ben Grieve from Triple-A Iowa.

Grieve hit .266 with 14 homers and 51 RBI in 86 games for Iowa. The outfielder is also 5-for-14 in 17 games with the Cubs.

"We need an extra bat. We are a little short, especially with
the guys that are a little hurt, and big Ben has done an
outstanding job of coming off the bench," Cubs manager Dusty Baker
said.

The Cubs are playing without Aramis Ramirez, who is on the disabled list with a left quadriceps strain. Chicago also lost shortstop Ronny Cedeno for the season with a broken bone in his left hand.

Detroit Tigers:
Manager Alan Trammell said that right-hander Jeremy Bonderman will probably not start this weekend in Anaheim. Bonderman, who missed his last start with stiffness in his elbow, played catch on Tuesday, and will throw a light bullpen session on Wednesday.

"He's going to need at least one full side session to get him
sharp enough to pitch, so if that comes Friday or Saturday, he's
not going to be ready for this weekend," Trammell said.

Baltimore Orioles:
Infielder Chris Gomez and the Orioles agreed to a $850,000, one-year contract extension through 2006.

Gomez has started at all four infield positions this season. He entered play Tuesday with a .283 average, one homer and 17 RBI.

His 2005 contract also called for him to make $850,000, and he earned a $50,000 bonus for appearing in 60 games. He began Tuesday needing four more games to earn another $50,000.

Gomez's new deal allows him to make about $250,000 in bonuses.

Seattle Mariners:
The Mariners called up outfielder Jaime Bubela from Double-A San Antonio and placed outfielder Jamal Strong on the 60-day disabled list because of a broken hand.

Strong was hit by a pitch by Baltimore's Bruce Chen on Sunday, fracturing the third metacarpal in his left hand.

Bubela, 27, was available for Tuesday night's game with the Los Angeles Angels.

He hit .292 with 20 doubles, nine home runs and 57 RBI, while stealing 40 bases in 130 games with San Antonio this season. He had
a career-high 23-game hitting streak from June 8-July 3, the
longest streak in the Texas League this season.

Strong, 26, appeared in 16 games with the Mariners this season, hitting .250 with a triple and two RBI. He had his first major
league hit, a pinch-hit triple, at Minnesota on Aug. 20. He spent
most of 2005 with Triple-A Tacoma.

Washington Nationals: John Patterson won't start against the Mets because he is battling a sinus infection, the Washington Post reported.

Patterson will likely next start Friday in San Diego, the paper reported.

He was first affected Thursday in a loss to Florida. He played catch Monday, but team physician Bruce Thomas said he still needed time to recover.

World Cup
The United States next faces a quarterfinal match against defending champion Cuba in the Baseball World Cup, after winning its last group match 5-4 against Taiwan.

Lastings Milledge singled in the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth inning against Taiwan. The United States finished fourth in Group B with a record of 6-2 after its win over Taiwan, the only game on Tuesday.

Cuba has won the biennial cup 11 of the last 12 times. It was the only team that went undefeated, at 8-0, in group play.

"We've been dying to get to Cuba the whole tournament" said U.S. manager Davey Johnson, whose team consists of professionals not on 40-man major league rosters. "They have a very strong team -- this is their Olympic gold team."

Wednesday's other quarterfinals are Group B winner Japan vs. South Korea, Nicaragua vs. Panama and Netherlands vs. Puerto Rico.