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MLB briefs

May 24, 2005

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Colorado pitcher Chacon bounced by ankle injury

Milwaukee - Colorado right-hander Shawn Chacon left the Rockies' game against the Brewers in the top of the fifth inning Monday night because of a sprained ankle.

Chacon, who reached on a fielder's choice bunt, jammed his right ankle on the first base bag during a pickoff attempt by Milwaukee pitcher Chris Capuano that was ruled a balk, allowing a runner to score.

Chacon went to second base but summoned the trainer and was replaced by pinch-runner Jamey Wright.

Right-hander Blaine Neal replaced Chacon in the bottom of the inning.

Angels put Rodriguez on 15-day disabled list

Anaheim, Calif. - The Los Angeles Angels put closer Francisco Rodriguez on the 15-day disabled list Monday because of a strained right forearm. The move is retroactive to May 15.

The defending AL West champions also designated outfielder Chris Prieto for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster for right-hander Joel Peralta, whose contract was purchased from Triple-A Salt Lake.

The 23-year-old Rodriguez is 1-1 with a 2.25 ERA and 10 saves in 11 chances - including seven straight. He was injured during the first game of a doubleheader on May 14 in Detroit.

Peralta - his full name is Joel Peralta Gutierrez - is making his first trip to the major leagues at age 29.

Officer who lost legs throws out first pitch

St. Louis - A police officer who lost both legs in a traffic accident outside Busch Stadium during the postseason threw out the first pitch before the St. Louis Cardinals' game Monday night.

Matt Browning walked haltingly to the mound on prosthetic legs helped by braces, getting a big ovation, before lobbing the pitch that preceded a game against the Pirates.

"It's unbelievable," Browning said. "This isn't something I would have ever dreamed that I could do in a crowded stadium. I wish I could have done it while I was in good form, but this is still just so unbelievable."

Browning, 26, was pinned between two cars while working outside the stadium during the National League Championship Series in the fall.

Cardinals pitcher Matt Morris accompanied him to the mound Monday.

Also Monday, the Cardinals announced they had surpassed 3 million in ticket sales for the seventh time in eight seasons and could set a franchise record for attendance in the final year at Busch Stadium.

With 60 games to go entering Monday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Cardinals were ahead of the sales pace of 2000 when the team sold a record 3,333,073 tickets. The Cardinals estimated that between 35 and 40 of the remaining games would be sold out.

Last year, the Cardinals didn't surpass 3 million in sales until Sept. 5.

Loretta to have surgery today on left thumb

San Diego - Padres All-Star second baseman Mark Loretta is scheduled to have surgery on a torn ligament in his left thumb today and is expected to miss at least two months.

Loretta was examined Monday in Scottsdale, Ariz., by hand specialist Dr. Don Sheridan, who repaired the same ligament four years ago. Sheridan will perform the operation Tuesday.

Loretta was hurt while sliding headfirst into first base while beating out an infield single against Atlanta on Tuesday night.

The Padres were cautiously optimistic after the injury, "but I think it was a little bit of false hope," Loretta said by phone on Monday. "Really, the diagnosis isn't any different than what the San Diego doctor gave me. It's a torn ligament, and there hasn't been much success of players coming back without getting it fixed."

Ned Yost Jr. signs with father's Milwaukee team

Milwaukee - Ned Yost Jr. donned his dad's jersey to field groundballs after signing a free-agent contract Monday with the Milwaukee Brewers.

The 22-year-old son of the Brewers' manager will report to the club's extended spring training camp in Phoenix on Thursday to prepare for a stint at Helena, Mont., of the rookie Pioneer League following next month's amateur draft.

Yost Jr., a catcher-turned-first baseman, took his father's advice to forgo the draft.

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