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Tendinitis sidelines Gagne

May 23, 2008|From the Associated Press

Milwaukee Brewers closer Eric Gagne was diagnosed Thursday with rotator cuff tendinitis and is sidelined indefinitely.

After being examined in Milwaukee by team physician William Raasch, Gagne received a cortisone injection and was told not to throw for three days. After that, Gagne will be re-examined and will not throw again until his shoulder feels better.

The Brewers don't plan to put him on the disabled list.

Gagne, taken out of the closer's role briefly this month because of ineffectiveness, was lifted during the ninth inning of the Brewers' 7-2 win in Pittsburgh on Tuesday with shoulder stiffness. He gave up Jason Bay's two-run homer, walked two and threw 26 pitches in his first appearance in a week.

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A top baseball official will formulate a proposal for instant replay, and the technology could be tested in the Arizona Fall League this year.

Jimmie Lee Solomon, the sport's executive vice president for operations, wouldn't put a timetable on a replay plan, which was recommended by general managers in November. The idea drew renewed attention following several blown home-run calls by umpires in recent days.

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Police said alcohol was a factor in the death of a man who fell about 150 feet down a stairwell Wednesday at Turner Field during the game between the Atlanta Braves and New York Mets.

Justin Hayes, 25, of Cumming, Ga., died of head injuries at a hospital.

The investigation is "pointing toward drinking. Alcohol was a factor," said Atlanta police department spokesman Ronald Campbell, who said Hayes may have been sliding down the hand rails when he fell.

"We are still waiting for the police report to be completed," Campbell said.

An autopsy will be done.

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