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August 20, 2001

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Soreness in shoulder delays Wood's return

Phoenix Kerry Wood's return to the Chicago Cubs' rotation has been delayed after the right-hander experienced soreness in his shoulder.

Wood, who hasn't pitched since Aug. 3 because of tendinitis in his right shoulder, had been scheduled to start Tuesday against Milwaukee at Wrigley Field.

Wood said the soreness came after he released pitches Saturday and Sunday.

"I'll bag it until he's ready," Cubs manager Don Baylor said.

Wood, who missed all of the 1999 season after reconstructive elbow surgery, is 10-6 with a 3.50 ERA and 183 strikeouts, third-most in the National League.

Baylor said 20-year-old right-hander Carlos Zambrano would be called up from Triple-A Iowa to make his major league debut in the second game of today's doubleheader against Milwaukee. Zambrano was 9-4 at Iowa with a 3.98 ERA in 24 appearances, 23 of them starts.

Another pitcher will be called up to pitch Tuesday.

Orosco goes on DL

Los Angeles The Los Angeles Dodgers placed reliever Jesse Orosco on the 15-day disabled list Sunday because of a sore tailbone and recalled Jeff Williams from Triple-A Las Vegas.

Orosco, 44, is the major league career leader in appearances by a pitcher with 1,120. This is only the second time the 22-year veteran has been on the disabled list since making his big league debut with the New York Mets in 1979. The move was retroactive to Aug. 13.

Orosco has a 3.75 ERA in 24 appearances for the Dodgers, who reacquired the left-hander on April 24 when they signed him to a minor league contract. He was brought up from Las Vegas on May 25 when first baseman Eric Karros went on the DL.

Orosco, who recorded the World Series-clinching out in 1986 for the Mets when he fanned Boston's Marty Barrett, pitched for the Dodgers in 1988 when they won their last World Series. He has an 84-76 record with 141 saves.

Williams, 29, has pitched in 12 games this season for Los Angeles, including one start, and is 2-1 with a 5.16 ERA. The Austrailian-born left-hander was optioned to Las Vegas on after the Dodgers obtained relievers Terry Mulholland and Mike Trombley at the trade deadline.

Ex-Dodger Hughes dies

Worth, Ill. Jim Hughes, who set a season record for saves with the Brooklyn Dodgers during the 1950s, is dead from a heart attack. He was 78.

Hughes, who pitched for the Dodgers from 1952-56, died Aug. 12. In 1954 he led the major leagues with 24 saves, a modest total by today's standards.

His total of saves was matched in 1970 by Jim Brewer of the now-Los Angeles Dodgers, but it wasn't surpassed as a team record until Jay Howell recorded 28 in 1989.

The Dodgers traded the hard-throwing right-hander to the Chicago Cubs in 1956. Hughes retired in 1957 after pitching for the Chicago White Sox.

D'Rays' draftee enrolls

Murfreesboro, Tenn. Dewon Brazelton, taken by Tampa Bay on the third pick of June's amateur draft, has enrolled for his senior year at Middle Tennessee State.

Brazelton, a right-handed pitcher whose contract negotiations have been going on for more than 10 weeks, enrolled Friday and plans to attend his first class Monday.

"One way or the other, it's time for me to move on with my life," he said. "I love MTSU so I don't mind going back."

Rangers pick up Kolb

Arlington, Texas The Texas Rangers purchased the contract of right-hander Danny Kolb from Triple-A Oklahoma and optioned outfielder Craig Monroe to the minor league club.

Kolb is 0-1 with a 1.42 ERA and three saves in 12 appearances with Oklahoma this season. He did not allow a run in his final six outings, covering seven-plus innings.

He started the season on the Rangers' 60-day disabled list with a strained right elbow muscle and was in the extended spring training program before rehab assignments with three minor league teams.

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