MURPHY TRADED: Dale Murphy, 34, after 13 years with the Atlanta Braves, was traded to the Phillies. He has hit 371 homers and has a .270 career average. But he's hitting only .232 now, with 17 homers and 55 RBI. The Braves received pitcher Jeff Parrett and two players to be named for Murphy and one player to be named.
Murphy, who has won five Gold Glove awards, sounded choked up after the deal was announced.
"All guys have to go through this," he said. "It's a new experience for me. It's very emotional to your teammates, but I'm still excited about the future."
Said Phillies Manager Nick Leyva: "We got a quality player. He's also a quality individual, a class act. He's always hit in this ballpark, and I'm excited about having him here. He'll hit fourth and play right field and we hoping he's here in time" for today's game.
Phillies GM Lee Thomas said he was happy to get the power hitter he had been looking for. "I think Dale Murphy will come in and do what we need," Thomas said in Philadelphia. "I think he has a lot of baseball left in him, and we're very happy to have him."
AILING: Jeff Reardon, the ace of the Red Sox' bullpen, will have surgery Monday for a ruptured disk and miss the rest of the season. He was put on the 21-day DL and right-hander Daryl Irvine was summoned from Pawtucket. Reardon, a right-hander who will be 35 on Oct. 1, signed a three-year contract worth $6.8 million as a free agent last Dec. 6.
The Red Sox also said recently acquired Mike Marshall will spend his rehabilitation assignment in New Britain, Conn. He was hitting .239 with six home runs and 27 RBI in 163 at-bats with the Mets before a stomach ailment disabled him. . . .
The Yankees activated reliever Lee Guetterman from the 15-day DL and sent Alan Mills to Columbus. Mills, 23, pitched for Fort Lauderdale of the Florida State League and Prince William of the Carolina League in 1989.