Sports Briefs

Posted: Thursday, June 05, 2003

Four former Oilers taken in draft

Four former members of the Peninsula Oilers were selected Wednesday on the second day of major league baseball's first-year draft.

Chad Clark, a right-handed pitcher from Azusa Pacific, was selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 21st round with the 636th overall pick. Clark played for the Oilers in 1999.

Brian Horwitz, an outfielder from the University of California, was taken by the Oakland Athletics in the 26th round with the 782nd pick. Horwitz played for the Oilers in 2001.

Stetson University left-handed pitcher Roger Lincoln, a member of the 2002 Oilers, was selected in the 34th round by the Cleveland Indians with the 1,008th pick.

Adrian Schau, also a member of the 2002 Oilers, was drafted by Cleveland as a right-handed pitcher in the 40th round. Schau, from Villanova University, was taken with the 1,188th pick.

Griffey strains arm, homers, leaves game

CINCINNATI Ken Griffey Jr. strained his right biceps on a swing Wednesday night, then homered on the next pitch and left the game.

The Reds outfielder missed 5 1/2 weeks after dislocating his right shoulder while trying to make a diving catch on April 5. He returned before the shoulder was completely healed, and was starting to hit the ball hard consistently when he had the setback.

He fouled back a one-strike pitch from the Yankees' Mike Mussina in the fifth inning, and strained his arm on his follow-through. He winced in pain and gingerly rolled the shoulder, bringing a trainer and manager Bob Boone from the dugout.

They talked to him for a few seconds and decided to leave him in. Griffey hit the next pitch into the seats in right field for his seventh homer, but held the right arm carefully at his side while rounding the bases. He used his other arm for high-fives when he got to the dugout, then headed for the trainer's room after talking to Boone.

Griffey hit a tying solo homer in the ninth inning last Friday, then another in the 11th inning for a 4-3 victory over Florida, his best game since returning from the shoulder injury.

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