The Los Angeles Dodgers, trying to bolster their bullpen for the postseason, traded for Philadelphia Phillies reliever Roger McDowell last night.
The Dodgers sent pitcher Mike Hartley and minor-league outfielder Braulio Castillo to the Phillies. The deal came shortly before the midnight trading deadline.
McDowell was 3-6 with three saves and a 3.10 ERA for the Phillies. Hartley is 2-0 with a 4.42 ERA in a team-leading 40 appearances this season. Castillo was with Class AA San Antonio.
* RANGERS: Nolan Ryan, 44, is going back on the disabled list because of an aching right shoulder, and it is uncertain when he might return to action.
Ryan took himself out of Sunday's 10-6 victory over the Tigers in the sixth inning, but was credited with his 309th victory.
Yesterday, the Rangers said Ryan would go on the disabled list today and would be replaced on the roster by right-hander Bobby Witt, who has been on the DL since May 27 because of a sore shoulder.
* MARINERS: Outfielder Ken Griffey Sr. will undergo neck surgery, ending his season and possibly his 18-year major-league career.
Griffey, hitting .282 in 85 at-bats, has been on the disabled list since June 1 with a bulging disk in his neck -- the result of an auto accident in the spring. Though the surgery has a high success rate, there is some question whether Griffey, who would be 42, would be invited to spring training.
* REDS: Rob Dibble, still waiting for a decision on a possible suspension for allegedly throwing at a runner, learned that his four-game suspension and $1,000 fine for hitting a fan with a ball was upheld by National League president Bill White.
The reliever will begin serving the suspension immediately because he decided not to appeal to commissioner Fay Vincent.