Worrell to have arm surgery 5/8


Injured St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Todd Worrell will undergo arthroscopic surgery Wednesday to relieve irritation in his right shoulder, further postponing his major-league comeback.

Worrell probably won't be able to pitch until September, the team said. He hasn't pitched in the major leagues since September 1989 because of an elbow injury that required surgery. He also encountered shoulder problems while rehabilitating his elbow.

The surgery is not considered serious.

Worrell, 31, has 126 saves, one short of Bruce Sutter's team career mark. He has saved 30 or more games three of his four full seasons.

* YANKEES: General manager Gene Michael called a news conference to defuse what appears to be growing tension between the team and the family of pitcher Brien Taylor, whom the club selected with the top pick in the June amateur draft.

Michael was reacting to statements by Bettie Taylor, the pitcher's mother, which said Michael was "disrespectful" and accused the team of being racist in its negotiations with her son.

Mrs. Taylor was reportedly annoyed that Michael did not introduce himself when watching Brien Taylor pitch in a high school game in North Carolina.

"I'm going to write her a nice letter and explain to her that I didn't mean to be disrespectful," Michael said. "I didn't even know that she was at the game that I went to in North Carolina."

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