Originally created 08/22/06

Bleeding keeps Park off mound



SAN DIEGO - Padres right-hander Chan Ho Park was scratched from his start Monday night against the Los Angeles Dodgers because of a recurrence of intestinal bleeding that recently forced him to go on the disabled list.

Right-hander Tim Stauffer was hastily summoned from Triple-A Portland to make the start against the NL West-leading Dodgers. Stauffer arrived in the clubhouse less than two hours before game time.

It was the third consecutive day the floundering Padres had to shuffle their pitching because of injuries.

Padres officials said they hoped to know more about Park's condition today.

METS: The Mets are closing in on Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Shawn Green, though sources familiar with the discussions cautioned that no deal is final until the sides agree to exact financial terms.

General manager Omar Minaya and Diamondbacks counterpart Josh Byrnes are said to be in very active communications the past few days.

Green is owed roughly $1.8 million for the rest of this season. He's due $9.5 million in 2007 and has a $10 million option for '08 that can be bought out for $2 million.

Mets and Diamondbacks brass have been haggling over the money figures, according to sources, who indicate Green's no-trade clause is now a non-issue. The 33-year-old Green is hitting .283 with 11 homers and 51 RBI in 417 at-bats for the Diamondbacks, who want to dump his salary and find playing time for rookie Carlos Quentin.

RED SOX: Boston sent Craig Hansen back to the minors, a day after he gave up two homers in the 10th inning of an 8-5 loss to the New York Yankees.

Bryan Corey was purchased from Triple-A Pawtucket to fill Hansen's spot on the roster. He is 1-1 with a 2.95 ERA this year.