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MLB: May 20, 2006 (Cont.)

Posted: Tuesday May 30, 2006 10:30AM; Updated: Tuesday May 30, 2006 10:30AM
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Jeff Kent said the injury that has caused him to sit out since the third inning Saturday is to his left hand -- not his wrist, as the Dodgers have said. Kent took swings with a fungo bat during Monday's game and said he wasn't sure whether he would be able to play today. The Dodgers don't feel pressed to put Kent on the disabled list because they have three other options at second base -- Ramon Martinez, Oscar Robles and Willy Aybar. -- Los Angeles Times

The deadline to sign Luke Hochevar is today and it appears it will pass without a deal. The Dodgers and the right-handed pitcher's agent, Scott Boras, have not talked since spring training. The Dodgers took Hochevar, the college pitcher of the year in 2005 with Tennessee, with a supplemental first-round pick last June but were unwilling to meet his demand for $4 million. -- Los Angeles Times

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Could Jeromy Burnitz and Craig Wilson platoon in right field? A platoon in right field would be an expensive approach: Burnitz is making $6 million this season, Wilson $3.3 million, which is quite a bit for a last-place team with a $47 million payroll to spend on one of eight starting positions. -- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The A's discussed multiple options for Rich Harden, including starting Sunday's game against the Twins. In that scenario, he first would pitch two innings Wednesday in a minor-league rehab game, for Triple-A Sacramento. Another option is starting the game in Cleveland on June 7, in which case he would extend himself in a Sacramento rehab start Thursday. -- San Francisco Chronicle

A.J. Burnett took yet another step towards returning to active duty yesterday throwing off a mound for the first time in more than five weeks. The fact that Beckett was moved from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list yesterday should not be mistaken as any sign of a setback. The move allowed the Jays to add infielder Edgardo Alfonzo to their 40-man roster without taking anyone else off. Burnett is now eligible to come off June 21st which is within a day or so of when the Jays expect him to be ready to pitch for them anyway. -- Toronto Sun

John Smoltz is expected to make his scheduled start Friday against Arizona despite a strained left hamstring. He will continue to get treatment. -- Atlanta Journal-Constitution

To determine whether he has a "sports hernia" that is causing him lower abdominal pain and gauge its severity, Cardinals center fielder Jim Edmonds will have a scan taken today of the injured area. -- St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Lance Niekro is due to come off the disabled list today and said he is ready to play. Felipe Alou joked he might have to find somebody to tell Travis Ishikawa he must return to Double-A, if that is the move the Giants make, because Ishikawa has been so good. -- San Francisco Chronicle

Brewers manager Ned Yost said Monday he plans to stick with young left-hander Dana Eveland in the starting rotation -- for now. "But he's going to have to start showing some signs of improvement," said Yost. -- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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