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Benson Could Miss First Start; Prior Is Placed on the DL

Monday, April 4, 2005; Page D10

New York Mets right-hander Kris Benson felt some tightness while throwing in the bullpen yesterday during an exhibition game in Washington and will not accompany the team to Cincinnati for the season opener.

Benson, who has been nursing a strained right pectoral muscle, was sent to New York for further examination.

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The Angels, who are involved in a lawsuit to officially change their name to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, got a somewhat cool reception Saturday night in one of their few games that will actually take place in Los Angeles. During the Angels' 6-4 win in an exhibition game at Dodger Stadium, the concession stands sold caps with "Los Angeles Dodgers of Los Angeles" sewn in. The public address announcer introduced the visitors as the "Angels of Anaheim," and the stadium grounds crew laid out the on-deck circle with the old Anaheim Angels logo.

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Colorado Rockies -- Placed 3B Garrett Atkins (strained right hamstring) on the 15-day disabled list.

San Francisco Giants -- Placed OF Barry Bonds on the 15-day DL. Purchased the contract of LHP Jeff Fassero from Class AAA Fresno. Optioned RHP Kevin Correia, RHP Jesse Foppert, RHP Scott Munter and INF Lance Niekro to Fresno.

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"We just want to make sure that everything continues to be okay," General Manager Omar Minaya said. Minaya and Manager Willie Randolph said the setback might affect Benson's first regular season start, scheduled for Saturday at Atlanta.

"We're just trying to be cautious," Randolph said. "He felt something, and you back away. We've got a week to test it out."

Also, right fielder Mike Cameron had a cortisone shot on his surgically repaired left wrist Saturday and remains day-to-day.

• CUBS: Mark Prior will start the season on the disabled list for a second straight year because of a sore elbow that has bothered Chicago's right-hander since early March.

Prior pitched in a minor league game Friday, giving up seven hits, including a pair of homers, over four innings.

Prior could come off the disabled list in time to pitch April 12 against San Diego, if his elbow is fine. Last season he started on the DL with Achilles' tendon and elbow problems and missed two months.

YANKEES: Kevin Brown didn't make it to Opening Day.

The 40-year-old right-hander went on the disabled list, two days after back pain forced him out of his last spring training start.

To fill his roster spot, the Yankees recalled Andy Phillips from Class AAA Columbus.

• TIGERS: Magglio Ordoñez said he has recovered from an intestinal ailment that sidelined him for four days and will be in the Opening Day lineup today against visiting Kansas City.

The right fielder said he was feeling "much better" and had regained the three to four pounds he had lost during his bout of diverticulitis.

A member of the Chicago White Sox for eight seasons, Ordoñez said he wants to play in the opener for his new team.

"I haven't missed an opener in the last seven years," he said.

-- From News Services


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