08/18/2002 7:17 pm ET
MLBeat: Rough rehab start
By Jesse Sanchez / MLB.com
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The blister on Chan Ho Park's right middle finger didn't hurt him as much as the Tucson Sidewinders' lineup did on Sunday afternoon.
In his first rehab start for Triple-A Oklahoma, Park gave up nine hits, three walks and nine earned runs in three innings against Tucson. Of his 80 pitches thrown, only 46 were strikes. He also recorded three strikeouts and walked three batters.
Park has been on the disabled list since Aug. 7 because of the blister.
Despite the performance, Rangers manager Jerry Narron insists Park will return on Friday for a start against the Yankees in New York. The start was Park's first minor-league game since 1995 with Albuquerque.
Reyes may start: The Rangers starting rotation for next week is as follows: Joaquin Benoit on Tuesday against Boston followed by Kenny Rogers and Rob Bell. Park is slated to pitch Friday against the Yankees and Aaron Myette on Saturday.
Narron has not ruled out the possibility of inserting left-handed reliever Dennys Reyes into a spot occupied by Bell, Benoit, or Myette. The Rangers hope to see Reyes throw 75 pitches in a start sometime this month.
A-Rod streaking: Rodriguez is 7-for-8 with seven RBIs in his last two games and is hitting .442 during a 10-game hitting streak. He leads the Majors with 107 RBIs, his fifth consecutive season with at least 100 RBIs.
Rehab for Rudy: Right-handed reliever Rudy Seanez threw off the mound for a fifth time on Sunday. He will throw batting practice on Tuesday and Thursday for Triple-A Oklahoma City and could begin an official rehab assignment next Saturday.
Seanez had back surgery on June 25.
Fantasy Edge: Michael Young has only five errors for the season, but only two hits in his last 17 at-bats. The good news is he's hitting over .300 during the last 20 games to raise his season average from .248 to .259.
Jesse Sanchez covers the Texas Rangers for MLB.com. He can
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