The Rangers plan to trade RHP Chan Ho Park to the Padres for C-1B Phil Nevin, a deal that awaited approval from the commissioner's office.
"If the league okays it, then it's a done deal," Padres Manager Bruce Bochy said last night before his team played the Reds. "Obviously, we've talked to Texas. There's nothing official yet. Nev's aware of it. Chan Ho's aware of it."
Rangers spokesman Gregg Elkin also said the trade was pending approval from the commissioner's office. Park was scratched just before his scheduled start in Toronto last night.
Approval was needed because the deal involves the Rangers sending cash to San Diego to help offset the money remaining on the $65 million, five-year contract Park signed with Texas before the 2002 season.
Less than an hour after Bochy spoke, Nevin told reporters he expected to be a member of the Rangers by today.
Nevin blocked a proposed trade to the Orioles for RHP Sidney Ponson on Monday.
* POWELL HURTS ELBOW: Braves RHP Jay Powell hurt his pitching elbow, collapsing after throwing a pitch in the ninth inning against the Pirates and writhing in pain. X-rays showed a severe elbow injury, team officials said.
Powell, a nine-year veteran, underwent transplant surgery on the elbow on July 8, 2004, after injuring his arm the previous June while with the Rangers.
After the game, the Braves placed Powell, 33, on the 15-day disabled list and recalled RHP Roman Colon from Class AAA Richmond. RHP Kyle Davies, who will start today, was also recalled from Richmond and C Brayan Pena was optioned to Richmond.
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