Pitcher Mike Witt said he expects to undergo elbow surgery after leaving a rehabilitation start for the New York Yankees' Class AA team yesterday because of recurring pain.
"Something just snapped on me again," Witt said. "Whatever the term is, I guess I just extended it too much and hurt it."
"I'll be out a year if that happens. I probably won't pitch anymore this year," Witt said, referring to the surgery that he had wanted to avoid. "I don't see any other way around it now."
* DODGERS: Pitcher Mike Morgan was sent back to Los Angeles yesterday after his six-inning outing against the Phillies, complaining of dizziness, nausea and throat soreness.
Morgan, who held the Phillies to a run on six hits before leaving the eventual 4-2 loss, said he had been suffering dizzy spells since last week, when he pitched one perfect inning at the All-Star Game in Toronto.
He told team trainers about the problem Tuesday and was examined by a Philadelphia doctor and given medication for a possible inner-ear infection. He felt worse yesterday and is scheduled to be seen this morning by team internist Dr. Michael Mellman.
* PIRATES: Club president Carl Barger officially has reopened contract negotiations with soon-to-be free agent Bobby Bonilla.
Talks between the Pirates and Bonilla broke off in early April, just before the start of spring training. At the time, Barger hinted the two sides were probably too far apart to make any kind of deal this season.
* ASTROS: Starting pitcher Mark Portugal left with a strained right groin muscle in the first inning against Pittsburgh. Portugal (8-5), the top winner on the Astros' staff, retired the first two hitters, but winced in pain when he delivered his first pitch to Andy Van Slyke.