"I'm assuming he's going to be OK," manager Tony La Russa
said. "Nobody told me otherwise."
Walker was removed in the fifth inning of Sunday's game against
the Los Angeles Dodgers and had an MRI exam that revealed a small
bone bruise. Trainer Barry Weinberg said Walker was day-to-day and
conceivably could play Monday at San Diego.
Walker, who is batting .305 with 12 homers and 38 RBI in 62
games, limped for several minutes but was able to trot off the
field after medical attention.
"That's always a good sign," Weinberg said. "He's one of
those very tough, tough individuals."
Guillen, who has symptoms consistent with carpal tunnel syndrome in
the wrist, returned to Anaheim on Saturday to be examined by team
"I'm not ruling out the possibility of him playing
Tuesday," Scioscia said. "I'm optimistic we'll get him back in
short order. When that will be, it's tough to say."
Astacio, 34, has been rehabilitating from right shoulder surgery
since June 2003. He started Friday for Pawtucket and allowed one
run on one hit.
Astacio, a native of the Dominican Republic, has pitched 12
seasons in the majors as a starter for the Dodgers, Rockies,
Astros, and Mets. He is 118-109 with a 4.58 ERA in 346 career
appearances (303 starts).
To make room, left-hander Lenny DiNardo was transferred to the
60-day disabled list from the 15-day disabled list, general manager
Theo Epstein said.
Damon missed the prior two games after jamming his right pinky
diving back to first against Anaheim on Thursday.
Speaking to reporters before batting practice, Red Sox manager
Terry Francona said Damon would return to the starting lineup on
Sunday. But Damon was scratched after batting practice.
Club officials said Wells, who was making his first start since going on the disabled
list Aug. 23 with right elbow inflammation, was taken out for precautionary
"We don't know yet," manager Lloyd McClendon said Sunday night when asked about Wells' condition. "His elbow
just got tight. He was OK warming up. He was fine then. And he
looked fine against the first two guys. But something happened."
The Padres purchased Ashby's contract after he successfully
rehabbed his right elbow from Tommy John surgery, performed last
Oct. 20. He last pitched in the majors for the Los Angeles Dodgers
in 2003, going 3-10 with a 5.18 ERA.
The Padres signed him to a minor league contract on March 30. He
hasn't pitched at any level this season.
Ashby pitched for the Padres from 1993-1999, going 70-62 with a
3.60 ERA. He helped the Padres win the NL West title in 1996 and
the NL pennant in 1998, and was an All-Star in 1998 and 1999.
Garcia, who has had a right
forearm injury and hasn't pitched since Aug. 22., is expected to
start Wednesday at Texas.
"I don't know how long he'll pitch,"
manager Ozzie Guillen said. "We'll keep a close eye on him and see
how he feels."
MacDougal was 3-3 with 24 saves and a 2.59 ERA when he was
selected to the All-Star team in 2003. After the break, the
right-hander went 0-2 with three saves and a 6.85 ERA.
He began this season on the 15-day disabled list, then appeared
in five games, posting a 10.80 ERA. He went 1-0 with one save and a
1.56 ERA in 16 games for Double-A Wichita.