ANOTHER RIJO TRY: Jose Rijo is giving it another try.
Frustrated by chronic elbow problems, the Cincinnati Reds pitcher went back home to the Dominican Republic a few weeks ago to give it a rest and reconsider his comeback.He played catch last week, decided the elbow was feeling a little better and returned to Cincinnati to continue with his comeback - but on his terms this time.
"Either I'm going to break down or stay down," Rijo said Friday, after rejoining the team.
Rijo, 33, won the 1990 World Series MVP honor while leading the Reds to their sweep of Oakland. He hasn't pitched in a regular-season game since 1995.
GAETTI SIDELINED: St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Gary Gaetti will be sidelined about three days with an eye injury sustained in Thursday night's loss to Philadelphia.
Gaetti was injured after he failed to catch a popup in swirling winds. The ball bounced off the artificial turf and hit him near the left eye. Doctors told him to avoid physical activity for three days.
GOODEN GETS RECALL: There is finally room for Dwight Gooden in the Cleveland Indians' starting rotation.
Gooden, recalled from his rehab assignment Friday, will make his long-awaited debut for the Indians in his first start of the season Sunday.
It will be the first start of Gooden's 13-year major league career with a team that does not play in New York. Gooden, who played 11 seasons with the Mets and two with the Yankees, takes the spot of Chad Ogea, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday with a strained chest muscle.
BROCAIL SUSPENDED: Detroit Tigers reliever Doug Brocail was suspended for two games Friday for hitting Oakland's Rickey Henderson with a pitch last week, but immediately appealed the penalty.
Brocail hit Henderson on the left ankle in the ninth inning, two innings after Oakland's Mike Mohler hit Bobby Higginson with a pitch. Both benchies emptied after Henderson was hit.
The incident occurred right after Brocail was warned for throwing his previous pitch behind Henderson, who then yelled at the pitcher from the batter's box.