Mattingly injures finger sliding


Don Mattingly may miss a few games after jamming his right pinky yesterday while sliding into second base. Mattingly injured his finger on his first-inning dive after doubling; he played until the sixth inning, when Hensley Meulens replaced him at first base.

X-rays of Mattingly's pinky were negative and he is listed as day-to-day. However, the trainers told him a similar injury once kept Graig Nettles out a week.

"I'm going to ice the hell out of it and see about [tonight]," Mattingly said. "But I don't know. I'm going to have to wait and see."

Mattingly hurt himself trying a head-first dive and narrowly beating Boston Red Sox right fielder Tom Brunansky's throw. Mattingly landed hard, but it wasn't the landing that bothered him. "I jammed it on the inside of the bag," he said. "I knew I was hurt. But I didn't think I hurt it that bad."

* RANGERS: Right-hander Bobby Witt, whose sore right shoulder forced him to leave Sunday night's game in Seattle, could land on the disabled list.

"This injury worries me," Witt said yesterday. "This is as sore as it's ever been." Witt said he will visit team doctor Mike Mycoskie first thing today to see how serious the problem is, but he's not encouraged.

Witt aggravated an already ailing shoulder in Sunday's 6-4 victory over the Seattle Mariners. He said he has considerable pain in the front and back of his right shoulder.

Texas manager Bobby Valentine considered not starting Witt on Sunday because of concern for his shoulder. Witt felt some discomfort in his previous start at Minnesota, but insisted he was fine for Seattle.

"After Minnesota, it kind of bothered me, but I thought it was just something that was a little stiff," he said.

The Rangers already have two starters on the DL. Scott Chiamparino lasted two-thirds of an inning Saturday and went on the 15-day disabled list. He also will be examined by Mycoskie today. Nolan Ryan is eligible to come off the 15-day list tomorrow.

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