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DODGERS ACE HURT

Right-hander Kevin Brown, still trying to shake off the aftereffects of a neck injury, hurt his right elbow and returned to Los Angeles to be examined by team doctors.

Brown strained an elbow muscle and was examined by a Pirates doctor before the Dodgers decided to send him home. He is expected to have an MRI, with the Dodgers refusing to speculate on the extent of the injury until he sees Dr. Frank Jobe.

RIJO STAYING PUT: Right-hander Jose Rijo is growing impatient during his comeback attempt, lobbying the Reds to promote him to the big leagues this week. He gave up two runs in four innings for Triple-A Louisville on Saturday night and renewed his plea.

"I feel good. I'm ready," Rijo said.

The Reds' response was: Not so fast.

"He needs to keep pitching every fifth day until we deem it helpful to the club to bring him to the big leagues," general manager Jim Bowden said. "When we think he's ready, we'll bring him up."

YANKEES: Manager Joe Torre denied that owner George Steinbrenner told him not to take too many of his players to the All-Star Game. Torre said Steinbrenner in the past has expressed concern over how many Yankees went to the game, but "he didn't tell me that this year. He likes to see a lot of guys make it because it's a credit to the team, but he also wants them to rest."

_ TIMES WIRES

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