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Tendinitis shelves Remlinger again
The Cubs placed left-handed reliever Mike Remlinger on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with inflammation in his left shoulder.
Remlinger said he has been sore for a couple of weeks and had been trying to pitch through it.
"I've had tendinitis in there on and off for the past 2-3 weeks," he said. "Some days it's not so bad and others I can't really do anything with it. It got to the point where I wasn't being fair to my team to wait every day until I come out and throw to see whether I can pitch that day."
Remlinger will be eligible to return for the July 9-11 series at St. Louis, but the Cubs may be more cautious and let him rest through the All-Star break, returning on July 15.
General manager Jim Hendry said he wouldn't necessarily go out in search of a left-hander for the bullpen because Glendon Rusch is likely to go there once starter Kerry Wood returns from the DL. Wood threw three simulated innings off a Wrigley Field mound Sunday.
"We'll see how he feels the next couple of days and get a game plan on how to move him forward," Hendry said. "When he comes back we have the ability to move Glendon to the pen. [Rusch] has done tremendously well for us. ... If we really feel the need that we can't cover internally, then we could look elsewhere."
Hendry mentioned Triple-A Iowa pitchers Jimmy Anderson and Sergio Mitre as possibilities.
Wood and Hendry discounted a published report that Wood was telling teammates he might shut it down for the rest of the season. "It's all nonsense," Wood said.
The White Sox wouldn't let Wood pitch on their mound at U.S. Cellular Field before Sunday's game because manager Ozzie Guillen was pitching batting practice to Magglio Ordonez, forcing Wood to have his session at Wrigley. Guillen said he hoped Cubs pitching coach Larry Rothschild understood the situation, but added with a laugh, "Let him work at his own ballpark."
Paul Bako's average dropped to .200 and he made a throwing error, but Cubs manager Dusty Baker is likely to stick with him as Greg Maddux's personal catcher. "It works out perfectly where I can rest Michael Barrett and keep him strong because Michael's had a tendency to fade in the second half," Baker said. ... Sammy Sosa's 454-foot home run in the second inning Sunday was the sixth longest in the history of U.S. Cellular Field. "I've been hitting so many, I don't keep track," Sosa said. ... Retired Tribune baseball writer Jerome Holtzman was honored by the Chicago chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America before Sunday's game for long and meritorious service to the chapter. .... Michael Wuertz took Remlinger's roster spot and pitched two scoreless innings Sunday.