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Notes: No word on Borowski
06/08/2004  8:13 PM ET
CHICAGO -- Closer Joe Borowski underwent an MRI on his right shoulder Tuesday, and the Chicago Cubs hoped the test results would determine exactly what's wrong with the right-hander.

"I wouldn't be surprised if we don't hear anything until (Wednesday)," Cubs general manager Jim Hendry said.

Borowski was placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with a strained right shoulder. In his absence, LaTroy Hawkins is the designated closer -- or Kyle Farnsworth or Mike Remlinger or Francis Beltran. It depends on the situation.

Beltran picked up three saves in the Caribbean World Series for the Dominican Republic, and has been groomed over the last two years as a closer.

"That's what my future is," Beltran said. "When they call me, I'll be ready to go."

Hawkins, who was the Minnesota Twins' closer in 2000-01, was a key offseason pickup, Hendry said. The right-hander could benefit. He has incentives in his contract for games finished.

"If you look back over anybody who has won in the last four, five years, everybody who doesn't win the last game of the year, something along the line happened in their 'pen," Hendry said. "Look at the Yankees. They had an awful tough time getting from inning six to (Mariano) Rivera.

"The Marlins struggled early in the year," Hendry said. "Their 'pen did a great job when it counted. I think Jack (McKeon, Marlins manager) will be the first guy to tell you, when he took over his 'pen was really struggling.

"Even before the playoffs (last year), our priority was to get another outstanding 'pen guy," Hendry said. "Hawkins was the guy we targeted before the season was over. We knew he was going to be a free agent, we knew he had local ties."

   LaTroy Hawkins  /   P
Born: 12/21/72
Height: 6'5"
Weight: 215 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R

On the record: Hawkins spoke to the media before Monday's game about the Cubs' bullpen situation and his revised role, and ended his news conference by saying he was not talking to the media again.

"It's his prerogative," Cubs manager Dusty Baker said. "He's a grown man. You can't tell a grown man to be quiet and you can't tell a grown man to talk."

"LaTroy's a very good guy," Hendry said. "I think all of you would say he's been a good citizen. It's certainly not his nature to call a press conference to say that he wasn't going to talk. If there are days he doesn't want to talk, I'm not going to make him talk. I think we all know that wasn't the normal LaTroy. I think in due time he'll be talking to all of you."

Blackout: A power outage in the Wrigleyville area affected the television trucks that broadcast the Cubs' game Tuesday night.

Aches and pains: Right-handed reliever Todd Wellemeyer (shoulder) played catch for the second time since going on the disabled list. "It was pain free," Wellemeyer said. "It's just tight from not throwing."

Wellemeyer hoped to be throwing off a mound next week.

   Tom Goodwin  /   CF
Born: 07/27/68
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 195 lbs
Bats: L / Throws: R

Outfielder Tom Goodwin rejoined the team Tuesday. He also is on the disabled list with a sore groin, but had to attend to his father, Hugh, who died last week. Hugh Goodwin was 83.

"I just tried to help my mother out," Goodwin said. "She was pretty strong."

Goodwin has yet to test his leg running. He did take batting practice.

"How it feels, I don't anticipate (being sidelined) too much longer," he said.

In the mix: Baker does like having a left-hander in the rotation, but Glendon Rusch's spot is temporary. Rusch is subbing for Kerry Wood, who is rehabbing from a sore triceps. The Cubs have too many potential starters.

"He's not going to take (Carlos) Zambrano's place, and (Mark) Prior just came back and (Matt) Clement's throwing the heck out of the ball," Baker said. "If (Rusch) keeps pitching like he is, there will be room for him somewhere on the team.

"He can do anything. He could be the fifth starter, or if you needed one-third of an inning, he could do that," Baker said.

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