Justice injury 'stress reaction'

April 14, 1992

Atlanta Braves outfielder David Justice could recover from his back problem and return in two weeks, the team announced last night.

Justice had a Magnetic Resonance Imaging test that found a "stress reaction" in the lower back, orthopedist Dr. Joe Chandler said.

* PHILLIES: Infielder Dale Sveum has a torn right rotator cuff, but probably will not need surgery, the team's physician said.

The Phillies placed Sveum on the 15-day disabled list on Sunday, retroactive to April 8.

* ANGELS: Left-hander Mark Langston will rejoin the team in Texas today after staying behind to have his injured left leg checked.

Langston felt pain in his left groin and left after five innings of Sunday's 13-9 victory over Milwaukee.

A scan conducted by Dr. Lewis Yocum showed no serious abnormality in Langston's leg, a team spokesman said, although there was some inflammation in his left hip.

* The Major League Baseball Players Association has filed a grievance to block the rule change that would give teams five years to sign draft picks instead of one.

Owners decided last month that for high school players who enter college, teams will retain draft rights until a year after they complete school, instead of one year total.

The teams said the change was made to encourage players to continue their education, but the union said it was done to reduce negotiating leverage in response to pitcher Brien Taylor's $1.55 million, three-year contract with the New York Yankees last summer.

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