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Tom Gordon


Gordon has soreness in his right shoulder and will likely miss the rest of Philadelphia's four-game series with the New York Mets. Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said Gordon will be examined at a local hospital Tuesday as a precaution. "He'll be all right," Manuel said. "Two to three days of rest should take care of it."


Gordon was selected to his third All-Star team Sunday as one of the four relief pitchers on the National League roster. He is 2-3 with 21 saves and a 2.12 ERA this season.


Gordon, who has been sidelined by a stiff elbow this spring, threw a scoreless inning in a minor league game Thursday. The Phillies' closer threw 14 pitches and struck out a batter. He seems to be on course to be ready for opening day.


Gordon, who has been limited by a stiff elbow this spring, is scheduled to pitch in a minor league game Tuesday. The 38-year-old right-hander, who was signed by the Phillies this winter to close games, was 5-4 with two saves and a 2.57 ERA in 79 appearances for the Yankees last season.


A few days after losing Billy Wagner, the Phillies found their next closer Thursday when they agreed to a three-year, $18 million deal with Tom Gordon. The reliever, who spent the last two seasons with the Yankees, passed his physical on Saturday, making the deal official.


The Yankees are reportedly preparing a contract offer to try to retain Gordon, who has been the Yankees' primary setup man over the past couple of seasons. Gordon, a free agent, was 5-4 with a 2.57 ERA in 79 games in 2005.


Friday's MRI on Gordon's stiff pitching shoulder revealed nothing more than some mild tendinits. The reliever should be available to pitch on Saturday if needed.


Due to some stiffness in his pitching shoulder, Gordon was removed from Thursday's victory over the Cleveland Indians after facing just three batters. As a precautionary measure, the Yankees' veteran reliever will undergo an MRI on Friday, just to rule out any structural damage. He has been listed as day-to-day.


Taking a comebacker off his right index finger won't keep Gordon on the sidelines. Despite coming out of Saturday's game following the injury, the Yankees' setup man was back on the mound Sunday, working a 1-2-3 eighth inning in New York's 5-3 loss to St. Louis.


Gordon was forced to leave Saturday's win over the Cardinals when he injured his right index finger while trying to protect himself from a David Eckstein comebacker in the eighth inning. The Yankees' trainer immediately removed Gordon from the game, and the finger was placed in a splint. Despite some swelling, the righthanded reliever expressed optimism that the injury was not severe enough for him to miss any time.