Originally created 04/24/04

Chipper's torn hamstring will keep him out longer



MIAMI - Atlanta left fielder Chipper Jones spent 10 minutes Friday afternoon in Pro Player Stadium's indoor batting cage swinging at hitting coach Terry Pendleton's pitches. He swung from both sides of the plate and wasn't happy.

"It hurts every time I swing," Jones said, referring to his slightly torn right hamstring. "It feels better every day, but until I get to the point where I can run, I'm pretty much useless."

The Braves had hoped that Jones, who aggravated his hamstring last Sunday, would only miss five to seven days. It's clear, however, he will be out significantly longer.

Jones, who hit off a tee in Cincinnati, took batting practice Friday night. But it might be another week, or longer, until he's ready to run at full speed.

YANKEES: Javier Vazquez will pitch on three days' rest for the New York Yankees against Pedro Martinez and the Boston Red Sox on Sunday.

With Jon Lieber and Jorge De Paula on the disabled list, Yankees manager Joe Torre had few options for Sunday. Vazquez pitched eight sharp innings Wednesday night in a victory over the Chicago White Sox.

"He felt good today," Torre said before Friday's series opener at Yankee Stadium. "Early in the year, I'm not that concerned about it."

INDIANS: Cleveland's C.C. Sabathia is expected to be sidelined for at least a week after straining his biceps tendon.

Sabathia experienced soreness in the tendon Thursday while preparing to start against Kansas City and was removed from the lineup just before the game. An MRI exam showed nothing more than a strained tendon, and he was able to play catch without pain in the outfield before Friday's game.

If Sabathia experiences no ill-effects from Friday's throwing session, he is expected to do some light tossing in the bullpen today or Sunday, then a more strenuous session early next week before he would be available to start.

METS: Third baseman Ty Wigginton has an ulcer and could be released from the hospital today.

Wigginton, who can't return until May 6, has been at NYU Medical Center in New York since Wednesday. He fainted at home and then felt dizzy during Wednesday night's game against Montreal. Hospital tests revealed the ulcer.