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NL: Shoulder injury could send Braves’ Glavine into retirement

Associated Press
ATLANTA ó Braves pitcher Tom Glavine may retire if his sore left shoulder doesn’t improve in two weeks.
Glavine was told Tuesday he must rest for at least two weeks after inflammation was found in his left rotator cuff. The 43-year-old had an MRI and was examined by Dr. James Andrews, who advised treatment and rest.
Glavine said he’s tired of rehabbing after elbow and shoulder surgery last August. He’s willing to give the shoulder two weeks but not much longer.
“I’m willing to put in a little more time, but I’m not willing to put in another six weeks or eight weeks,” Glavine said. “By then, you know what, I’m going to have to start all over again, and I’m not interested in doing that.”
SUSPENSIONS
NEW YORK ó Boston pitcher Josh Beckett has been suspended for six games and fined by Major League Baseball, which determined he intentionally threw a pitch near the head of the Los Angeles Angels’ Bobby Abreu last week.
Beckett also was cited for “aggressive actions” after the pitch that led to the benches clearing Sunday.
FUNERAL
SEATTLE ó To honor pitcher Nick Adenhart, Los Angeles Angels owner Arte Moreno will lead a contingent of eight team members to a private funeral service in Maryland this week between West Coast night games.
Angels general manager Tony Reagins Moreno has arranged a jet to fly the owner, the GM, manager Mike Scioscia, team executive Tim Mead, pitching coach Mike Butcher, plus pitchers Dustin Moseley, Jered Weaver and John Lackey from Seattle after Wednesday night’s game.
The Angels will be attending a service separate from the one a funeral home said will be held Friday at Williamsport High School, where Adenhart played as a teen.
KALAS
WASHINGTON ó Autopsy results show that longtime Phillies’ TV and radio broadcaster Harry Kalas died from heart disease.
A spokeswoman at the Washington D.C. chief medical examiner’s office said Kalas, who died Monday, had high blood pressure and suffered from atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. The disease, in which plaque buildup restricts blood flow in arteries, is a major cause of heart attacks and strokes.
The Phillies and the Kalas family announced that a public memorial will be held Saturday at Citizens Bank Park.
Fidrych
BOSTON ó Authorities are awaiting autopsy results on Mark Fidrych and trying to figure out how the former pitcher died on his Massachusetts farm. The 54-year-old Fidrych was found dead Monday beneath a 10-wheel dump truck at his Northborough home.
Although he appears to have died from an accident, state law requires that all unattended deaths be investigated.
CITI FIELD
NEW YORK ó Jody Gerut donated the bat he used to hit the first home run at Citi Field to the Hall of Fame.
He became the first player to hit a leadoff home run in the first game at a major league ballpark, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
The ball from the ceremonial first pitch from Hall of Famer Tom Seaver to Mike Piazza also was donated to the Hall, which in addition took a cup full of dirt from the area near home plate.
METS
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. ó Injured closer Billy Wagner threw off a mound Tuesday for what was believed to be the first time since elbow ligament replacement surgery last Sept. 10.
* NEW YORK ó Prosecutors say former Mets pitcher Ambiorix Burgos has been sentenced to nine months in jail for throwing his girlfriend against a wall and pummeling her in a hotel near Shea Stadium.
The 24-year-old reliever was sentenced Tuesday. A jury convicted him last month of assault in the Sept. 8 attack.
YANKEES
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. ó Third baseman Alex Rodriguez completed his second day of baseball workouts without a problem and could soon start taking batting practice.n NEW YORK ó New York’s top federal law enforcement officer says the new Yankee Stadium is one of the more accessible sporting venues in the nation for those with disabilities.
WHITE SOX
DETROIT ó Scott Podsednik agreed to a minor league contract one day after center fielder Dewayne Wise separated a shoulder.
Chicago purchased the contract of Jerry Owens from Triple-A Charlotte.
TWINS
MINNEAPOLIS ó Catcher Joe Mauer’s sore back has improved enough for him to start running, and he is expected to begin a rehabilitation assignment next week.
NATIONALS
WASHINGTON ó Lastings Milledge lasted one week as the Nationals’ leadoff hitter.
Off to an 0-7 start this season after finishing with a majors-high 102 losses in 2008, the Nationals optioned their starting center fielder to Triple-A Syracuse. Milledge was hitting .167 with no extra-base hits, one RBI, one walk and 10 strikeouts atop the batting order.

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