Wells traded to Padres

The Baltimore Sun

Left-hander David Wells was traded yesterday from the Boston Red Sox to his hometown San Diego Padres, seeking pitching as they contend for a playoff spot.

"He's a Padre," agent Gregg Clifton said by phone from Arizona. "He's thrilled to be heading back to San Diego and, hopefully, helping get them into the playoffs."

The defending National League West champion Padres were off yesterday. They trail the division-leading Los Angeles Dodgers by three games.

The Red Sox are to receive a player to be announced or cash. To be on a postseason roster, a player had to be in a team's organization by the end of yesterday.

In other Red Sox news, slugger David Ortiz said yesterday that he is in good health and expects to return to the lineup tomorrow. "My health is fine. The doctors have told me to rest today and practice Friday so I can be ready to return to the playing field on Saturday," he told radio station Z-101 of his native Dominican Republic. Ortiz was examined at Massachusetts General Hospital, where his teammate, left-hander Jon Lester, remained for tests for enlarged lymph nodes. Lester was placed on the disabled list with a strained back Monday and was being tested to determine the cause of his back pain when the enlarged lymph nodes were identified, according to a statement from team medical director Thomas Gill. The Boston Herald first reported the enlarged lymph nodes on its Web site Wednesday night.

Trades -- Marlon Anderson scored the winning run for the Nationals last night and then was traded to the Dodgers about an hour later. Washington sent Anderson and cash to the Dodgers for pitching prospect Jhonny Nunez. The Nationals also traded first baseman Daryle Ward to Atlanta for Luis Atilano, a 21-year old pitching prospect. ... Also, the Twins acquired first baseman Phil Nevin and cash from the Cubs for a player to be named. Nevin, 35, was already traded once this season, moving from the Rangers to the Cubs on May 31 for former Oriole Jerry Hairston.

Twins -- Minnesota is skipping Brad Radke's next start, but the veteran right-hander said his hurting right shoulder will not prevent him from pitching again this year. Radke, 12-9 with a 4.46 ERA, has a torn labrum and will probably retire after the season.

Cardinals -- Mark Mulder was put back on the 15-day DL on a day after the left-hander expressed doubt that he will pitch again this season. Mulder allowed five runs in 1 2/3 innings Tuesday night against Florida, his second start since coming off the DL from a shoulder injury.

Astros -- Right-hander Brandon Backe will have a ligament in his right elbow replaced, an operation that could sideline him until 2008.

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