Baseball Notable

Ken Griffey Jr.

was expected back in the Cincinnati Reds' lineup tonight after recovering from diverticulitis, or inflammation of the colon.

The rightfielder, who said the disease was diagnosed six months ago, was out of the starting lineup for the last four games through Sunday.

New York Yankees prospect Phil Hughes, a 2004 first-round draft pick, will make his major-league debut earlier than expected when the Yankees play Thursday against Toronto.

Hughes is 2-1 with a 3.94 ERA in three starts at triple-A Scranton.

The Texas Rangers put closer Eric Gagne on the 15-day disabled list yesterday with a right hip injury.

Mark Prior's right shoulder still hurts, and the oft-injured Chicago Cubs pitcher will have surgery today.

The Seattle Mariners placed righthander Felix Hernandez on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right elbow muscle.

The Oakland Athletics placed righthander Rich Harden on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 16, with a strained right shoulder. They also put centerfielder Milton Bradley on the DL with a strained left hamstring.

Cleveland placed third baseman Andy Marte on the 15-day DL with a strained left hamstring.

New York City banned metal baseball bats in high school games when City Council overrode Mayor Michael Bloomberg's veto. The law takes effect Sept. 1.

-Inquirer wire services