Braves C Johnny Estrada was suspended three games by Major League Baseball yesterday for making contact with umpire Doug Eddings.

Estrada was ejected from a game against the Marlins on June 30 shortly after Paul Lo Duca backed out of the batters' box, then returned and got set for a pitch.

Estrada stood, turned around and appeared to bump Eddings, who quickly threw him out. Television cameras showed Estrada making an obscene gesture in Eddings's direction after he went to the dugout.

He was also fined an undisclosed amount. The suspension started last night against the Mets.

* BEANED CUB ON DL: Cubs OF Adam Greenberg, struck in the head last week on the first pitch he faced in the major leagues, was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a concussion.

The move was made retroactive to July 10. Chicago recalled OF Ben Grieve from AAA Iowa to fill Greenberg's roster spot.

Greenberg, pinch-hitting in the ninth inning at Florida on July 9, was hit on the side of the helmet by Valerio de los Santos's first pitch.

The rookie remained on the ground for several minutes before getting up and walking off the field.

"He's still feeling the effects of getting hit," Cubs Manager Dusty Baker said. "It's a very serious thing getting hit in the head with the ball. He's still feeling a little woozy. He can't play anywhere right now."

* THOME UNCERTAIN: Phillies 1B Jim Thome remained uncertain when he will return to the lineup a day before he was eligible to come off the DL.

"I'm not a doctor. I don't know," Thome said yesterday.

Thome was placed on the DL July 1 with tendinitis in his right elbow and acknowledged feeling some discomfort earlier in the week after batting practice. Thome did not hit yesterday, but hoped to swing again in the next few days. He also expected to go to the minor leagues for a rehab assignment before he was activated.

"When it's ready, we'll go," Thome said.

* R. SANDERS HURT: Cardinals LF Reggie Sanders left last night's game against the Astros with a left rib contusion and a slight right ankle sprain in the top of the first after he collided with CF Jim Edmonds while making a running catch. X-rays were negative and he is day-to-day.

-- From News Services