The Big Unit

At 45, Randy Johnson on Thursday became the second-oldest pitcher to reach 300 career wins behind just Phil Niekro, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

The normally aloof Johnson, nicknamed the Big Unit, actually showed a humorous side after the Giants' 5-1 win over the Nationals.

"It sounds funny, but I've played 21, 22 years, I'm 45, and I've come upon 300 wins, and I'm thinking, 'I only have 211 more to catch Cy Young,' " said Johnson, who is 6-foot-10.

Feeling cheated

The Atlanta Braves' cold-hearted release earlier in the week of 305-game winner Tom Glavine has the classy lefthander a bit steamed.

"Looking at the whole situation and taking into account what I've done in this city and during my career, there's no question in my mind things could have been handled different," Glavine, who won 244 of his games with Atlanta, said yesterday during an interview on an Atlanta radio station. "I was never able to take advantage of what I thought I earned, which was an opportunity to go back out there and pitch."

On Tuesday, Glavine pitched six scoreless innings for single-A Rome in his final minor-league rehabilitation assignment, thinking he would make his season debut today. But on Wednesday morning, the Braves gave him the option of retiring or being released.

Glavine said the Braves' decision was motivated by money, that the $1 million he would have received by being placed on the active roster was instead used to help pay Nate McLouth after he was obtained from the Pirates.

Glavine said a "couple" teams have expressed interest in him.

Hip injuries

Are hip injuries in baseball on the rise, as it seems with the recent cases of Chase Utley, Mike Lowell, Alex Rodriguez, Carlos Delgado, Brett Myers and Alex Gordon, among others?

Probably not. It's just that advances in the field of orthopedics has made hip injuries more recognizable and more correctable, according to a report.

"I think the main reason is the improved recognition of the pathology," orthopedic surgeon and hip specialist Bryan T. Kelly said in the report. "They were treated with rest and anti-inflammatories, and they would get persistent problems with it. Now we're beginning to recognize that a lot of problems that seem to be muscle strains or muscle pulls are ending up these [hip] problems."


The Mets received more bad news on the injury front when they learned shortstop Jose Reyes will be out at least another two to three weeks with a small tear in his hamstring. Reyes may have suffered the injury while on a minor-league rehab assignment for tendinitis in his right knee and calf. With Reyes' replacement, Ramon Martinez, on the disabled list, Alex Cora and journeyman Wilson Valdez are the lone remaining healthy shortstops on the roster. Also, Mets reliever J.J. Putz will have surgery on his right elbow and is expected to be out at least two months. . . . St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa and Twitter have reached a settlement in his lawsuit against the social networking site. La Russa claimed an unauthorized page that used his name caused emotional distress by making light of the manager's DUI charge and two Cardinals pitchers who died in recent seasons. . . . Jake Peavy's next start has been moved back to Monday night so that the San Diego Padres can allow their ace to recover from an upper respiratory infection. Peavy was scheduled to pitch tomorrow.