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Possible Blood Clot Puts Glavine’s Season in Doubt

From the Associated Press

Tom Glavine’s pitching shoulder is being examined for a possible blood clot, and the New York Mets left-hander could sit out the rest of the season.

Glavine felt coldness in his left ring finger after his start Wednesday in Philadelphia. Depending on tests, the 40-year-old pitcher could return to the mound next weekend or require surgery. The Mets don’t expect to receive test results until midweek.

“You get scared. You start wondering about the rest of your career, if there’s going to be one,” the two-time Cy Young Award winner said Sunday. “I had a wonderful career, and I’ve stayed healthy for the most part. I’ve envisioned my retirement, but I never envisioned it through an injury....

“It’s strange too, because I sit here and I feel fine,” he said. “Everything feels great. I don’t have any pain anywhere or anything like that.”

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Glavine is 12-6 with a 3.92 earned-run average for the National League East-leading Mets. New York already is without Pedro Martinez, on the 15-day disabled list after straining his right calf Monday.

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The Oakland Athletics put closer Huston Street on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained groin muscle he suffered while pitching Friday night. Street, whose 29 saves were sixth in the American League, was scheduled for an MRI exam today.

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Minnesota Twins left-hander Francisco Liriano looked “as good as can be anticipated” when evaluated by team doctors Sunday and will begin a throwing program Tuesday.

Liriano has been on the disabled list since Aug. 11 because of a mildly strained ligament in his left arm that the Twins worried would keep the 22-year-old star out for the rest of the season. He was 12-3 with a league-leading 2.19 ERA when he went on the disabled list.

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Three years after Guillermo Mota brawled with the Mets, the reliever was traded to New York by the Cleveland Indians for a player to be named.

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Mike Piazza charged the mound after Mota hit him with a pitch in an exhibition game on March 12, 2003. Piazza later went looking in the Dodgers’ clubhouse for Mota, who also hit him in spring training 2002. The catcher left the Mets after last season to sign with San Diego.

Mota, a 33-year-old right-hander, is 1-3 with a 6.21 ERA in 34 games for the Indians this year.

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The Detroit Tigers acquired Neifi Perez from the Chicago Cubs for a minor leaguer, adding infield depth less than a week after losing second baseman Placido Polanco because of a shoulder injury.

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Perez played 87 games for the Cubs this season and batted .254 with two homers and 24 runs batted in.

In the trade, the Tigers gave up catcher Chris Robinson. He batted .286 with a homer and 47 RBIs at Class-A Lakeland.

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The Cincinnati Reds put left-hander Eddie Guardado on the 15-day disabled list because of tendinitis in his left forearm and activated right-hander Matt Belisle from the 15-day DL.

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