Padres' Wells Sidelined by Case of Gout
Padres LHP David Wells was scratched from last night's start against the Cardinals because of gout in his right foot.
Wells, 0-2 with a 4.43 ERA in four starts with the Padres since being acquired from the Red Sox on Aug. 31, had been bothered by a sprained right ankle. Manager Bruce Bochy said that Wells was limping slightly after the team flight on Sunday night and that Wells felt much worse yesterday.
Bochy said Wells will be skipped in the rotation, adding that it could take as long as three or four days for medication to produce results. Rookie Mike Thompson , 4-5 with a 4.77 ERA, replaced Wells against the Cardinals. Thompson, making his first start since Aug. 30, gave up five runs -- four earned -- in 3 1/3 innings.
With their 6-5 victory, the Padres took a two-game lead over the idle Dodgers in the NL West.
· COIN TOSS: The Astros would host the Cardinals next Tuesday in a one-game playoff if the teams finish tied for the NL Central title.
Major League Baseball held a coin toss to determine the site of a potential game between the Astros and Cardinals. The Astros are 2 1/2 games behind the Cardinals.
For such a tiebreaker to be necessary, a makeup of the Sept. 17 game between the Cardinals and the Giants at Busch Stadium would have to be played next Monday.
· CLEARED: Cardinals CF Jim Edmonds was cleared to play yesterday against the Padres after being sidelined since mid-August because of post-concussion syndrome.
Edmonds pinch-hit in the fourth inning and hit a three-run home run.
-- From News Services