"He wants to play. He wants to play every day. . . . I don't think he'll ever believe a day off is good for him. But we've tried everything else except for giving him a breather."

Rockies Manager Clint Hurdle, on keeping slumping 1B Todd Helton out of the lineup


Braves: Raul Mondesi was designated for assignment, a move that could signal the end of his major league career. The Braves cleared roster space to activate LHP Mike Hampton (strained left forearm) from the DL so he could start last night's game against the Nationals.

Diamondbacks: SS Stephen Drew, Arizona's top draft pick last year and the younger brother of Dodgers OF J.D. Drew, has been assigned to Lancaster of the Class A California League after signing a five-year, $5.5 million contract just minutes before the Diamondbacks would have lost his rights.

Dodgers: An MRI exam revealed CF Milton Bradley has a slight ligament tear in his right ring finger. Manager Jim Tracy said Bradley will be sidelined at least until Friday.

Pirates: RHP Brad Clapp, a 19th-round draft pick last year, reached terms Monday with the team.

-- From News Services