"It's been disastrous."

Ted Choi, owner of City Kayak in San Francisco, on the effect Barry Bonds's absence has had on kayak rentals (to retrieve Bonds home runs in McCovey Cove)


Braves: LHP Mike Hampton, on the disabled list for the fourth time this season, has been told to rest for three to five days after an MRI exam showed he has a herniated disk.

Lee Kelly, a back specialist, examined Hampton yesterday, determined a change from a bulging disk to a herniated one and gave him an epidural injection.

Hampton (5-3), who also has been bothered by a stiff forearm this season, is eligible to come off the disabled list on Sept. 4.

Brewers: Top draft pick 3B Ryan Braun has a strained right (throwing) elbow and is going to rest until the Arizona Instructional League starts up next month.

Diamondbacks: Optioned RHP Greg Aquino, the club's closer the last half of last season, to Class AAA Tucson and recalled RHP Jason Bulger from Tucson.



The Reds' Ken Griffey Jr. hit his 30th home run. He has 531 career homers, but never has ended a year with between 30-39 homers.

-- Compiled by Bill Wolle