Tony Gwynn was put on the 15-day disabled list yesterday with a sore left knee that has contributed to his .186 batting average.
The San Diego Padres star, a lifetime .339 hitter, thinks the rest will help the inflammation settle down, but acknowledged that the knee might bother him all season.
Gwynn, who turns 40 on May 9, has had fluid drained from the knee at least five times since spring training, most recently on Thursday after playing on the artificial turf in Pittsburgh on Tuesday and Wednesday. The longest stretch he's been able to play was five straight starts on the last road trip.
Gwynn has had five surgeries on the knee throughout his career and with most of the cartilage gone, the joint is pretty much bone on bone.
"Basically, this is the only thing they could do," Gwynn said before last night's game against Atlanta. "I can't keep going out there for two days, have it swell up on me, drain it, come back, have it swell up on me. Maybe this will calm it down."
CUBS: After missing all of last season, Kerry Wood will make his return to the majors tomorrow night against the Astros.
Manager Don Baylor decided to pitch Wood tomorrow even though it's a night game. But the forecast tomorrow calls for a warm, sunny day, with temperatures in the mid-to-high 60s.
"He's going to have to pitch in a night game sooner or later. We might as well go ahead and do that," Baylor said. BRAVES: John Rocker got his first post-suspension road appearance out of the way Saturday. With the remnants of the San Diego crowd of 49,428 booing his every move, Rocker came on and got his fifth save in the 12th.
A male fan threw something at Rocker and missed, and was ejected. Meanwhile, left fielder Reggie Sanders is listed as day-to-day after spraining his right ankle Saturday running out a grounder.
CARDINALS: Third baseman Fernando Tatis, who strained his groin Saturday, is expected to be out at least two weeks.