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Sosa expected to hit disabled list05/18/2004 7:37 PM ET
By Carrie Muskat / MLB.com
CHICAGO -- Now this is really nothing to sneeze at. Chicago Cubs slugger Sammy Sosa was expected to be placed on the disabled list Wednesday because of a sprained ligament in his lower back, which he suffered when he sneezed. Cubs general manager Jim Hendry said an MRI revealed the injury Tuesday night. Sosa was to receive an epidural to calm down the inflammation, Hendry said. "We're pretty certain he'll miss a couple weeks," Hendry said. "It'll be five to seven days before he can begin strenuous activity." Sosa suffered the spasms Sunday before the Cubs' game in San Diego after he sneezed twice. He doubled over in pain, then went to the trainer's room for treatment. Sosa did not play Sunday but did not come in for treatment on Monday's off-day. "You can't play with a bad back until he's ready," Cubs manager Dusty Baker said. As odd as the injury may seem, Hendry said he could relate. He experienced severe back spasms when he pulled his golf clubs out of the trunk of his car.
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