Minor-league notes


Mussina expected to pitch for Red Wings Sunday after stint 0) on disabled list

Rochester Red Wings right-hander Mike Mussina, who missed Friday's start because of a strained latissimus dorsi muscle on his right side, went on the disabled list but is expected to come off and pitch Sunday.

Mussina originally was expected to pitch Tuesday night, but thawas a best-case scenario, said manager Greg Biagini. Mussina, who pitched twice despite the injury, the last time April 27, has been unable to pitch on the side.

"I could tell when I was throwing in the [bullpen], but I didn'know what it was," said Mussina, who pitched seven shutout innings in a 10-1 Red Wings victory. "I'm too much of a competitor to pull myself out of a game. It was extreme discomfort. It wasn't to the point where I couldn't throw. The next day, I couldn't."

Biagini said Mussina had been responding to treatment, but nowell enough to pitch Tuesday.

"We just want to take care of it," he said. "We don't want it to become a persistent problem."

He said the injury would be enough to disable any pitcher and that Mussina's status as the Baltimore Orioles' first-round selection in last year's amateur draft has nothing to do with giving him extra time to recover.

The right-hander is expected to throw twice on the side beforSunday's start, during which he is likely to be limited to 80 pitches.

* Leo Gomez, optioned to the Red Wings after Monday night'game, is expected to report for tonight's home game against the Columbus Clippers. Gomez, who led the International League with 97 RBI last season, will move into the fourth spot in the order, giving the Red Wings a legitimate cleanup batter.

* MISCELLANEOUS: David Segui's double Tuesday was his first extra-base hit since a home run Opening Day. Segui was on the disabled list for a week in mid-April. . . . OF Chito Martinez went on the 7-day disabled list Sunday because of a strained hamstring. It is the same injury that has kept IF Shane Turner sidelined since May 1. . . . Jeff McKnight had hit in 21 of 22 games before his call-up, and had scored 19 runs and driven in 18.

The Suns have used the hot hitting of first baseman KeShamburg (league-leading 20 RBI) and the strong pitching of right-hander Stacy Burdick (1.66 ERA) to stay close to the first-place Albany-Colonie Yankees in the Class AA Eastern League.

Pitcher Arthur Rhodes went into last night's game four strikeouts shy of the league lead, with 35 in 22 2/3 innings.

* MISCELLANEOUS: OF Tyrone Kingwood was on a 6-game hitting streak (10-for-24), and LF Scott Meadows had an on-base percentage of .490. . . . CF Roy Gilbert returned to Hagerstown on Monday from Class A Frederick, where he had been sent to help the injury-depleted Keys.

-- Bill Free


Right fielder Sergio Cairo leads the Class A Carolina League in hitting at .366, including an eight-game streak during which he is 13-for-28.

* MISCELLANEOUS: Also hot are 1B Mel Wearing, who has 21 RBI, second in the league, and 5 home runs; SS Manny Alexander (12 stolen bases, second in league); P Chuck Ricci (33 strikeouts in 35 innings, fourth in league); P Jeff Williams (5 saves, third in league); and IF Scott Sprick (5-game hitting streak, 7-for-21).

-- Bill Free

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