Pitcher glad he was pulled from no-hitter

Chicago Cubs: Matt Clement, who had a no-hitter and a 4-0 lead when he was pulled from Wednesday's game, told the Chicago Sun Times he had a sore groin before he took the mound.

"I'm more optimistic now about how I'm going to feel the next couple days than when I left [Wednesday] night,'' Clement said. "If I would have went more, I could have really hurt it. It was a good decision by Dusty."

Clement told the paper he wants to make his next start, despite the injury suffered running the bases St. Louis last week.

"I'm planning on going every fifth day. It's going to have to be something that doesn't allow me to walk to the mound. Or they are going to have to tell me I'm not allowed. As of now, I'm planning on pitching.''

New York Mets: Tom Glavine's kid brother is joining him on the New York Mets roster.

The Mets purchased the contract of first baseman Mike Glavine from Triple-A Norfolk on Friday. Glavine, 30, hit .266 with five home runs and 17 RBI in 169 at-bats with the Tides this season.

He has never played in the majors.

The Mets also brought up outfielder Matt Watson from Norfolk.

To make room on the 40-man roster, the Mets moved shortstop Jose Reyes to the 60-day disabled list and designated right-handed pitcher Jason Roach for assignment.

  • Mike Piazza isn't ready to shift to first base, Mets' infield coach Matt Galante has told manager Art Howe, according to Newsday.

    "When they think I'm ready, and I feel comfortable, we'll do it," Piazza said Wednesday. "There's no schedule for this. The way it's been is pretty casual. No pressure, no urgency. But we'll get around to it."

    St. Louis Cardinals:
    Lance Painter's season has ended with an Achilles' injury, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. An MRI shows he has an unusual vertical tear in the tendon.

    "No one has ever seen this injury before," Painter said. "They're not sure what to do about it. (Team trainer) Barry Weinberg said he's probably had seven injuries that were unique in his career, and I've had two of them this season."

    Painter's his first and only pitch Tuesday was hit off the wall by Colorado slugger Todd Helton.

    "I went out and tried," Painter told the Post-Dispatch. "But it was painful. If a ball had been hit to either side of me, I wouldn't have been able to do anything about it. As much as I want to help the club, I think I'm just making things worse."

    Boston Red Sox:
    Right fielder Trot Nixon could be out for a week or longer, the Boston Globe reports. Tests showed a strain of the gastrocnemius muscle, one of the two main muscles in the calf.

    "We're listing him as day-to-day," club spokesman Kevin Shea told the Globe. "He will return as symptoms allow. He will be monitored over the course of the next seven days to determine his return."

    The outfielder first felt tightness in the muscle Monday night, then said he heard a pop the next night while running out a single in the second inning.

  • The Sox purchased the contract of outfielder Adrian Brown from Triple-A Pawtucket and designated right-hander Steve Woodard for assignment.

    Brown hit .282 with five homers, 32 RBI and 34 steals in 122 games for Pawtucket this season. He led the club with 81 runs and helped lead the Paw Sox to the best record in the International League. Pawtucket lost in the IL championship series. The Durham Bulls completed a three-game sweep on Thursday night.

    Brown was selected out of the Pittsburgh organization in the winter meeting draft last December. He has played parts of the last six seasons in the majors with Pittsburgh, hitting .261 with 11 homers, 83 RBI and 42 stolen bases in 408 games.

    Detroit Tigers: Reliever Danny Patterson, who returned from surgery on his right elbow on July 19, won't pitch again this season because of swelling in the elbow.

    "This has been an ongoing battle, and he's shown that he's been able to pitch," Tigers manager Alan Trammell said after Friday's 3-0 win over Kansas City. "We don't want to take any chances, and the recommendation was to shut him down."

    Patterson missed more than a year after reconstructive elbow surgery in June 2002. His last outing was Wednesday, when he pitched one-third of an inning in a 15-5 loss at New York.

    "The doc said it was for the best, so at this point, I guess that's what we're going to go with," Patterson said. "It's disappointing. I kind of wanted to get through this year any way possible, but with the situation that we're in here, they didn't feel it was worth jeopardizing the injury any more."

    Patterson appeared in 19 games this season, going 0-0 with three saves. He walked four and struck out 19 in 17 2/3 innings.

    San Francisco Giants: The Giants claimed reliever Rod Beck on waivers but were unable to negotiate at trade with the San Diego Padres, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

    The 35-year-old pitcher had 199 saves for the Giants from 1991 to 1997 and has converted all 20 save opportunities this season after being picked up by the Padres. He has 286 career saves.

    The Padres pulled him back from waivers when they couldn't reach a deal, the Chronicle reports.

    When asked by the paper about about his near return to San Francisco, Beck said, "It would have been interesting. That would have been fun. I really had no problems with San Francisco. I don't know what the hell went down there, but I'm not going to concern myself with it."

    Atlanta Braves: Reliever Darren Holmes, sidelined since Aug. 6 with a sore shoulder, was activated from the disabled list before Friday's game at Florida.

    Holmes had been throwing on the side despite slight tears in his rotator cuff. With the playoffs approaching, he wants to see how the shoulder holds up in game conditions.

    The right-hander had a 4.21 ERA in 36 1/3 innings when he went on the disabled list.

    Milwaukee Brewers: First-round draft pick Rickie Weeks has been called up from Class A Beloit.

    Weeks, a second baseman who turns 21 Saturday, signed a $4.8 million, five-year contract after he was selected second overall in June's amateur draft out of Southern University.

    He is the third player called up from this year's draft class and the first position player.

    Weeks finished the season with Beloit on Thursday night. The team was swept 3-0 by Lansing in the Midwest League championship series.

    Weeks, from Southern University, was the No. 2 overall pick. He hit .358 with one home run and 20 RBI in 21 games with Beloit and the Brewers' rookie league team.

    Weeks took a bus from Beloit to Chicago early Friday, then flew to San Francisco through Salt Lake City -- making for a long day. But he was available to play against the Giants.

    Tampa Bay Devil Rays: The Devil Rays recalled left-hander Jon Switzer and purchased the contract of outfielder Jonny Gomes from Triple-A Durham on Friday, a day after the Bulls won their second straight International League title.

    To make room for Gomes on the 40-man roster, Tampa Bay released
    left-hander Jim Parque.

    Switzer made two relief appearances against Kansas City in
    August. He gave up four runs and five hits in four innings.

    Gomes was in the Devil Rays' lineup Friday night batting fifth
    as the designated hitter. He spent the majority of the season with
    Double-A Orlando but earned the callup by hitting .385 (7-for-18)
    in the postseason for Durham.

    Gomes was told he was being called up early Friday after the
    Bulls completed a three-game sweep of the Pawtucket Red Sox for the
    International League championship. He had to rush to make a flight
    to New York and brought just his batting gloves and bats, no

    "Your first game in the bigs is something you'll never
    forget," Gomes said. "But to open it up at Yankee Stadium and
    then go to Boston is amazing."

    Toronto Blue Jays: The Blue Jays are offering flights to Florida for spring training to season ticket holders who pay early.

    Fans who pay before Dec. 2 will receive return airfare to spring training in Dunedin, Fla. More than 700 took advantage of the promotion last spring.

    "When we first introduced the idea of flights to Florida plan in 2002, we were somewhat startled by the immediate and overwhelming response," Blue Jays president Paul Godfrey said.

    Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.