Glavine bumped, won't face Mets

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ATLANTA -- Tom Glavine's first start against the New York Mets since his return to Atlanta will have to wait.

The Braves shuffled their rotation, moving John Smoltz to today's game against Johan Santana and the Mets.

Braves manager Bobby Cox said the switch was made so Smoltz, who opened the season on the disabled list with tightness in the back of his right shoulder, won't have to make his first start in the chill of Colorado. Glavine will pitch when the Braves open a series against the Rockies on tomorrow night.

BIG UNIT'S RETURN UNKNOWN

DENVER -- Arizona Diamondbacks manager Bob Melvin is in no hurry to rush Randy Johnson back to the big leagues, especially after the Big Unit struggled through a rehab start.

Johnson went four innings and allowed five runs and eight hits in his first start with the Triple-A Tucson Sidewinders on Thursday.

"I've never been married to a certain date," Melvin said when asked when Johnson would return to the Diamondbacks. "We've forecast certain dates, but if he feels like physically he needs another one then, depending on how many pitches he throws, we can do that as well."

YANKS' SKIP ON THE MEND

NEW YORK -- New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi missed his second straight game with an upper respiratory infection.

"Yesterday I had a 39C temperature," Girardi said after the Yankees' 6-3 loss. "I think I'll be all right tomorrow."

NOMO ON COMEBACK TRAIL

MINNEAPOLIS -- Hideo Nomo took another step toward returning the major leagues when the Kansas City Royals purchased the right-hander's contract from its Idaho Falls club. Nomo, 39, joined the team for work in the bullpen.

SHIELDS ACTIVATED

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Angels activated setup man Scot Shields from the 15-day disabled list and optioned right-handed reliever Rich Thompson to triple-A Salt Lake.

EDMONDS MAKES DEBUT

SAN DIEGO -- Centre fielder Jim Edmonds was activated from the 15-day disabled list and made his first start for the San Diego Padres. To make room on the roster, outfielder Jody Gerut was optioned to triple-A Portland.


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