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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Pitching Injuries Put Mets' Dream Rotation on Hold

COMBINED REPORTS


PORT ST. LUCIE, Florida -- The New York Mets spent the winter talking about how their starting pitching resembled their great staffs of the early 1970s and mid-1980s.


Those plans were put on hold Tuesday when the club put starters Bill Pulsipher and Pete Harnisch on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday and so will begin the season without two key pitchers.


Pulsipher, a 22-year-old left-hander who showed tremendous potential as a rookie last year, was diagnosed with a sprained ligament in his left elbow one week ago and is expected to be out for three weeks. It is the second time in six months he has had elbow problems.


Harnisch, a 29-year-old veteran right-hander, will remain at the club's spring training complex at Port St. Lucie, Florida, to continue rehabilitation on his right shoulder. He had surgery on the shoulder last August.


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In Lakeland, Florida, New York Yankees' second baseman Pat Kelly was forced to leave the game in the seventh inning when he appeared to re-aggravate his sore right shoulder turning a double play at second.


He took the initial throw from third baseman Mark Dalesandro, but floated the ball late to first baseman Bubba Carpenter. Kelly then clutched his right shoulder and was escorted to the rightfield clubhouse.


With Tony Fernandez out for at least two months with a broken right elbow and Kelly's tendinitis far from healed, the Yankees are suddenly aggressively searching for a starting second baseman. Mariano Duncan is the temporary solution for opening day.


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Hard-throwing reliever Rob Dibble, released Monday by the Chicago Cubs, told a local radio station that he has no intention of retiring and will try to work his way back to the major leagues.


The 32-year-old Dibble, who has battled arm problems for the last two years, said he accepted an outright release from the Cubs and wants to develop his own rehabilitation plan.


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Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Eric Karros has learned he has only tendinitis and not a torn rotator cuff in his left shoulder but still does not know whether he will be playing opening day.


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Tom Browning, who pitched a perfect game in 1988, told the Kansas City Royals that he was retiring from professional baseball after deciding that he could not come back from the broken arm he sustained while throwing a pitch in May, 1994.


"My grind is over,'' Browning said Monday as he finished a career that spanned nearly 11 years.


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The Detroit Tigers traded pitcher Sean Bergman and outfielder Phil Plantier in separate deals with Oakland and San Diego.


In exchange for Plantier, the Tigers got shortstop Fausto Cruz and right-hander Ramon Fermin from the A's.


Bergman was sent to the Padres along with two minor leaguers for catcher Raul Casanova, outfielder Melvin Nieves and right-handed reliever Richie Lewis.


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