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Sunday, September 18, 2005
Biggio's mom waits for day off for surgery

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Houston Astros: Taking into account her son's schedule, Craig Biggio's mother has postponed open-heart surgery to line up with Biggio's day off on Sept. 26, The Houston Chronicle reported.

The surgery originally had been planned for this Tuesday. By waiting until Sept. 26, Biggio won't miss two games.

"She didn't want me to miss two days considering the players that we have out and how banged up we are now," Biggio told the paper. "Typical baseball mom, she's taking it for the team."

Atlanta Braves: Pitching coach Leo Mazzone tooking an Andruw Jones line drive off the head during batting practice Friday, but sustained only a cut and a headache.

"That ball left Andruw's bat, traveled about 450 feet, and the next contact it made was with my freakin' head," Mazzone, who never saw it coming, told the Atlanta Journal Constitution. "That thing came straight out of the sky. Then I was face down in the bullpen."

Mazzone was on the bench that night for the Braves game against the Mets.

He was asked Saturday morning if he felt any dizziness.

"No more than usual," Mazzone joked with the paper. So he felt normal? "I never was normal," he said, smiling.

Los Angeles Angels: With some of their offseason acquisitions not working quite as planned, owner Arte Moreno said to look no further than him, not GM Bill Stoneman.

"Bill and I talked about all our moves. If anybody wants to be dissatisfied, they should be dissatisfied with me," Moreno told the Los Angeles Times. "It starts at the top."

Cincinnati Reds: Sean Casey returned to the Reds clubhouse Saturday, but said he does not remember the collision that caused his concussion.

"I have no memory of it, nothing between reaching for the ball ... and then waking up and seeing [Reds catcher Jason] LaRue leaning over me, which wasn't a good sight," Casey told the paper, laughing.

Medical personnel said he was unconscious for only about 20 seconds.

"I told them [the medical personnel] I could get up, but I think it was because of my history with concussions [he's had two previous ones] that they told me not to get up," Casey told the paper.

The concussion he suffered Friday was a "Grade II."

Oakland Athletics: Shortstop Bobby Crosby took some grounders in Fenway Park Saturday, taking another step toward returning to the A's lineup. Crosby later took part in agility drills with strength and conditioning coach Clarence Cockrell.

"He did very well," trainer Larry Davis told the Contra Costa Times. "It was a limited workout, but there was no soreness and pain."

It appears Crosby could return to the lineup possibly Tuesday or Wednesday.

Chicago Cubs: He'll have to go 3-for-3, but Greg Maddux will have a chance to extend his major-league record of 17 consecutive seasons of 15 or more victories, The Chicago Tribune reported.

Dusty Baker confirmed Maddux will get three more starts but would not say who would be skipped in the rotation.

"I look forward to it," Maddux said. "I just like to pitch. I don't care if we're out of it or not, if I have a chance to pitch, I want to."

Florida Marlins: The Marlins' injury-plagued infield was further depleted when second baseman Luis Castillo left Sunday night's game with a tight right hamstring.

Castillo, slowed the past six weeks by a sore left quadriceps, limped into third while advancing from first on a double in the seventh inning of a 14-6 victory over Philadelphia, then left the game.

"We didn't want to take any chances," manager Jack McKeon said. "He didn't think it was anything major."

Castillo was replaced by rookie Josh Wilson, recalled Sept. 6 from Triple-A Albuquerque.

The Marlins are already without shortstop Alex Gonzalez (elbow) and infielder Damion Easley (ankle), both likely sidelined the rest of the regular season. In their absence, rookie Robert Andino made his first career start Saturday.

Castillo's status is day to day. McKeon said if Castillo is unable to start the Marlins' next game Tuesday against the Mets in New York, they'll likely go with veteran Mike Mordecai, who managed in the minors this year and hasn't played since 2004.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.