Elbow inflammation returns, may end season

Colorado Rockies: Rockies pitcher Shawn Chacon may be shut down for the remainder of the season after exiting Saturday's game against the New York Mets with inflammation in his right elbow, the Denver Post reported.

Chacon suffered from a similar problem that landed him on the DL before the before the all-star break. He will be examined in Denver before the team makes a decision, according to the paper.

"I am not helping anybody the way I am right now because I am not consistent," said Chacon to the Post after allowing who allowed eight runs on five hits. "The (disabled list) is probably inevitable. I talked to (trainer Tom Probst) and he said there's no point in putting my career in jeopardy for how many starts I might have left. I don't want to do something that's going to knock me out for next year, too."

Boston Red Sox: Red Sox shortstop Nomar Garciaparra was scratched Saturday after experiencing back spasms, the Boston Globe reported. Garciaparra was replaced in the lineup by Damian Jackson.

Garciaparra was scratched after experiencing some spasms during batting practice, according to the paper.

"I felt them in Oakland," said Garciaparra to the Globe. He did not see a doctor and doesn't expect the condition to be serious.

He was in the lineup for Sunday's game at Seattle.

Chicago Cubs: The Cubs may be forced to skip Kerry Wood's next turn in the rotation if his lower-back pains don't subside in the next day or two, the Chicago Tribune reported Sunday.

Wood was ineffective Saturday in a 10-5 loss to Los Angeles and failed to get out of the third inning. Cubs manager Dusty Baker said Wood's status for his next start Thursday in Houston is in limbo.

"We'll see how he is," Baker said to the paper. "We have the option [of skipping Wood]."

Kerry Wood said Sunday that he expects to make his scheduled start despite having tweaked his back.

"I have had it since I was 10 years old. It's just something I'm going to have to deal with," he said.

Wood said he usually is able to get his back loose before he pitches but had trouble doing so Saturday.

"It has happened occasionally. Hopefully, it's something that will calm down over the next three or four days and I should be able to go," he said.

Cincinnati Reds: The Reds have shut down prized left-handed prospect Brandon Claussen for the season, the Cincinnati Post reported Sunday.

With Claussen still recovering from 2002 ligament-replacement surgery, the Reds wanted to make sure he didn't overextend himself.

"My innings and my pitch count were getting to the point where I was getting in that red zone, so we felt like it was a better fit if I shut it down now and got ready for next year," Claussen said to the paper.

Claussen was acquired in the Aaron Boone trade just before the trading deadline. He said he wasn't disappointed that he wouldn't get to make his Reds debut this year.

"As long as I had a chance to play baseball (this summer), I was happy," he said to the Post. "Last year at this time I had a cast on my arm and was wondering if I was ever going to play again."

St. Louis Cardinals: Right-hander Matt Morris will miss his start Sunday against the Phillies, but the Cardinals are more optimistic about his return after he threw before the game Saturday, the St. Louis Post Dispatch reported Sunday.

X-rays and a magnetic resonance imaging found nothing worse than a sprain after Morris fell at the team's hotel Friday.

"I'm probably 10 times more optimistic today than I was this time yesterday," pitching coach Dave Duncan said Saturday to the Post Dispatch. "I think you have to consider that a good sign."

Morris said he hoped to miss only one start because of his fall.

San Francisco Giants: Giants outfielder Marquis Grissom, who was hit by a pitch in the fourth inning Saturday, is expected only to miss one or two games, according to a San Francisco Chronicle report.

Grissom was taken to a hospital for X-rays, which appeared to be negative, according to the paper.

"He moved it pretty good when he got back" from the hospital, trainer Stan Conte said to the paper. "That why I'm saying one to two days."

  • The Giants placed first baseman J.T. Snow on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left groin, purchased the contract of outfielder Todd Linden from Triple-A Fresno and designated pitcher Luis Estrella for assignment.

    Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.