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Posted: Monday June 26, 2006 10:34AM; Updated: Monday June 26, 2006 11:15AM
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John Smoltz couldn't give his strained groin a thorough test Sunday but said he fully anticipated making his start Wednesday against the Yankees. He left Friday's game after 1 2/3 innings but by Saturday said there was minimal soreness in the injured area. -- Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Mike Scioscia has been known to give a struggling player an entire series off, three games to clear his head and ideally return with fresh legs and a fresh perspective. Though it is hard to imagine the Angels playing three straight games without a healthy Vladimir Guerrero, the manager probably will piggyback Thursday's off day with a game or two off to give Guerrero "a couple days to get off the treadmill." -- Los Angeles Times

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The Dodgers are listing Brett Tomko as the projected starter Wednesday against the Twins, but there is a strong chance the right-hander could land on the disabled list instead. Tomko strained an abdominal muscle during the fourth inning of his start Friday and is still sore. Odalis Perez or Jae Seo would make the start if Tomko can't. -- Los Angeles Times

Mets catcher Paul Lo Duca didn't play yesterday due to his left thumb bruise, but the catcher expects to be in the lineup tomorrow against the Red Sox. -- New York Post

Royals captain Mike Sweeney was set to head to Wichita today and begin his rehab assignment, but those plans changed. Instead, Sweeney will fly with the team to Cincinnati and continue to participate in hitting and running drills. Sweeney is hopeful of returning to the Royals sometime during the next home stand, which will be July 3-9. -- Kansas City Star

Right-hander Kameron Loe will start preparing today to return to the Rangers' roster with his first throwing session since going on the disabled list. The question that lingers is whether he'll return as a starter or reliever. -- Dallas Morning News

In the first shred of positive news for Mike Matheny since he went on the disabled list June 1, his postconcussion symptoms eased enough to let him take batting practice. Although he is not symptom-free, this came as a big relief. Matheny would not rule out a return before the All-Star break. -- San Francisco Chronicle

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