Reds' Milton goes on 15-day DL

The Baltimore Sun

Left-hander Eric Milton went on the 15-day disabled list with an inflamed elbow yesterday, the second year in a row that the Cincinnati Reds starter has been hampered by elbow problems.

Milton (Maryland) told the team about his sore elbow after he pitched 5 1/3 innings in a 7-6 loss to the Houston Astros on Tuesday night. A medical test yesterday detected inflammation.

Milton had season-ending surgery to clean out the left elbow Sept. 22.

The Reds activated right-handed reliever Jared Burton from the disabled list to take his spot. Burton had been sidelined since April 8 with a strained hamstring.

The Reds had hoped Milton, 31, would finally put together a solid season in his last year under contract. He signed a three-year, $25.5 million deal before the 2005 season.

He is 0-4 with a 5.17 ERA in six starts this year. Milton opened the season on the DL after having back spasms late in spring training.

In his three years with Cincinnati, he is 16-27.

Red Sox -- Pitcher Curt Schilling apologized for criticizing San Francisco's Barry Bonds. Schilling made the critical comments Tuesday on a radio show, then backed off his remarks yesterday in an entry on his blog. "Regardless of my opinions, thoughts and beliefs on anything Barry Bonds, it was absolutely irresponsible and wrong to say what I did," Schilling wrote on Tuesday on Massachusetts' WEEI radio, Schilling made harsh statements regarding the Giants slugger, who is 10 homers short of matching Hank Aaron's home run record of 755. "I mean, he admitted that he used steroids," Schilling said. "I mean, there's no gray area. He admitted to cheating on his wife, cheating on his taxes and cheating on the game. ... It's sad."

Mets -- New York reached a one-year minor league contract with right-hander Brian Lawrence. Lawrence, released earlier this season by Colorado, went 0-2 with an 8.91 ERA in three starts for Triple-A Colorado Springs this year. He spent parts of five major league seasons with San Diego from 2001 to 2005, but hasn't pitched in a major league game since going 7-15 in 2005.

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