Four-time all-star Randy Johnson, who had to miss a start in Oakland on Sunday because of soreness in his left shoulder, will be able to pitch again next weekend for the Seattle Mariners.
The ace of the Mariners' staff was examined Monday afternoon by Dr. Mitch Storey, one of Seattle's team physicians.
X-rays showed Johnson's left shoulder is inflamed, but he has no tendinitis. He is taking anti-inflammatory medication.
Johnson, the American League starting pitcher in the All-Star game, is 11-2 with a 3.03 ERA and leads the major leagues with 195 strikeouts in 20 starts and 139 2/3 innings. He has two shutouts and four complete games. In games Johnson has started, the Mariners are 17-3.
The 6-foot-10 left-hander was scheduled to be given a magnetic-resonance imaging test on Monday afternoon, but couldn't get his shoulders into a conventional MRI tunnel. Johnson is scheduled to be given a precautionary MRI in a larger machine today or Wednesday.
"That's why they call me the Big Unit," Johnson laughed.
He will throw on the side Wednesday, then pitch Friday, Saturday or Sunday in Kansas City.
The Milwaukee Brewers extended General Manager Sal Bando's contract through the 1998 season. Bando, 51, who joined the Brewers in 1976 as an infielder, has been senior vice president for baseball operations since Oct. 8, 1991.