Baseball Notable

New York Mets righthander

Orlando Hernandez

flew to New York yesterday to have a doctor check out pain in his pitching shoulder.

Hernandez (2-1) is scheduled to start today at home against the Florida Marlins.

General manager Omar Minaya did not say what the Mets would do if Hernandez is not able to start today. One possibility could be to push up rookie righthander Mike Pelfrey a day from his scheduled start.

Mets second baseman Jose Valentin had an MRI exam on his right knee after leaving Saturday's game in the fourth inning. He will have further tests today.

Colorado shortstop Troy Tulowitzki had an unassisted triple play in the seventh inning of the Rockies' game against the Atlanta Braves.

After Kelly Johnson and Edgar Renteria reached base on singles, Tulowitzki caught Chipper Jones' line drive behind second base. Tulowitzki stepped on the bag to double up Johnson and tagged Renteria for the third out.

It was the 13th unassisted triple play in major-league history and first since Rafael Furcal of the Braves did it on Sept. 10, 2003, against the Cardinals.

Colorado optioned righthander Ryan Speier to triple-A Colorado Springs and recalled righthander Denny Bautista.

Yankees manager Joe Torre said his older brother Frank Torre, 75, is scheduled to have a kidney transplant tomorrow.

Frank Torre spent seven seasons with the Phillies and Milwaukee Braves from 1956 to '63.

Yankees righthander Jeff Karstens was placed on the 15-day disabled list after his right leg was broken Saturday night. Boston's Julio Lugo lined the first pitch of the game off the side of Karsten's knee.

Righthander Colter Bean was recalled from triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

The Oakland A's acquired Atlanta Braves outfielder Ryan Langerhans for a player to be named or cash.

Oakland optioned pitcher Dallas Braden to triple-A Sacramento.

The Washington Nationals put righthanded starter Jerome Williams on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained left ankle and activated lefthanded reliever Ray King.

- Associated Press