Kevin Brown had successful surgery on his broken left hand yesterday and vowed to pitch again this season for the Yankees.

"I've pitched in more pain than I have right now," he said.

The right-hander is expected to miss at least three weeks after breaking two bones in his non-pitching hand when he punched a wall in the clubhouse Friday night.

Brown had two pins placed in his hand at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center.

Brown said he planned to apologize to his teammates and offered an apology to the organization and Yankees fans for leaving the club short-handed in the middle of a tight pennant race.

* MOVES: The Padres brought back RHP Andy Ashby and plan to use him out of the bullpen.

The team purchased Ashby's contract after he successfully rehabbed his right elbow from ligament replacement surgery performed Oct. 20. Ashby pitched for the Padres from 1993 to 1999, going 70-62 with a 3.60 ERA. . . .

The Red Sox called up RHP Pedro Astacio from Class AAA Pawtucket.

Astacio, 34, has been rehabilitating from right shoulder surgery since June 2003. He has pitched 12 seasons in the majors as a starter for four teams.

-- From News Services