Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

`Sharp, Searing Pain' Sidelines Watson

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

`Sharp, Searing Pain' Sidelines Watson

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While Cardinals manager Joe Torre was trying to figure out what to do with Danny Jackson (0-7) - he was leaning toward taking him out of the rotation - lefthander Allen Watson came up lame Friday. He seemed a strong candidate to join several other pitchers on the disabled list.

Watson, who slipped on the mound in Denver on Tuesday while he was throwing a changeup, tried to throw on the sidelines Friday night in preparation for his start here on Sunday. But, appearing later with an electronic stimulator attached to his body, he said, "There was a sharp, searing pain through my shoulder. I couldn't even throw my fastball."

Torre said he didn't know who would pitch Sunday. But Tom Urbani, who has been on the disabled list because of a sore shoulder, has been put on alert. Jackson's turn then will come up on Tuesday.

"This has been a bad year," said Watson, who has a 1-2 record and an 8.17 earned-run average. He had been sent to Louisville to work out some kinks. "I get everything together and now this - a setback," he said.

Watson will see Dr. Stan London, the Cardinals' team surgeon, on Monday when the team returns home.

"It hurts very much," said Watson. I could try to throw through it, but I'm not going to hurt my career."

The Cardinals are down to one player whose contract hasn't been determined, first baseman Todd Zeile. Cardinals ace Ken Hill agreed to a one-year deal at $4,375,000, the midpoint between the two sides' asking price in arbitration of $5 million and $3.75 million.

At least Hill's agent, Larry Reynolds, agreed to the contract. Hill hadn't heard about it officially Friday night.

Asked if he was happy to avoid dealing with the arbitration process, Hill said, "No question. I just want what's fair. But we told them at the beginning, we would take the midpoint. That was a few weeks ago."

Hill would like a multi-year deal, but the Cardinals haven't seemed inclined in that direction yet.

"Who knows?" said Hill, who can be a free agent at the end of the season.

Zeile's hearing is scheduled for June 14. Zeile, who lost in arbitration at $2.7 million last year, is asking for $4.2 million. …

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