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08/08/2002 6:48 pm ET 
MLBeat: Maddux says he's fine
By Mark Bowman / MLB.com

PHOENIX -- Greg Maddux said the strained muscle in his right side that caused him to leave Wednesday's start after five innings feels fine.

"I feel super," Maddux said. "I feel like I'm 25 again."

But manager Bobby Cox says because of a scheduled day off on Monday, he may rest Maddux until Aug. 17.

"We wouldn't have to change anything," Cox said. "It wouldn't mess anyone else up."

If Cox does decide to rest Maddux until then, Tom Glavine, who started Thursday's series finale in Arizona, would start next Tuesday against the Giants in Atlanta.

Maddux, who has an NL-low 2.42 ERA, felt stiffness in his side while warming up for the fifth inning on Wednesday night. He exited the game after the inning.

This is Maddux's fourth different ailment this season. He began the year on the disabled list with a lower back strain and has since had pains in his neck, calf and now his side. Before this year, Maddux had never been placed on the DL.

"I've just had more new stuff," Maddux said of his various injuries. "That's the thing with new stuff, you stop and panic. With old stuff, you've had it before and know what to expect."

There is a chance Maddux, who has 11 wins and has thrown 137 1/3 innings, will not throw at least 200 innings for the first time since his rookie year in 1987. With nine or 10 starts left, he still has a reasonable chance to become the first pitcher in history to win at least 15 games for 15 consecutive seasons.

"I'm just trying to get to 12 right now," Maddux said.

Throughout his highly successful career, Maddux has said the personal accomplishments are not a concern.

"Really the only thing that matters is being ready for the postseason," Maddux said.

With a 17-game lead in the NL East, Maddux and his Braves teammates have the luxury of setting their sights on the playoffs.

Foster reports: John Foster, a 24-year-old southpaw, has been promoted from Triple-A Richmond to take the disabled Mike Remlinger's spot on the 25-man roster.

This is Foster's second trip to the big leagues this season. While spending four days with the Braves in late April, he earned the win in what was his first and only Major League appearance to date.

Foster, who was 7-4 with a 4.35 ERA and eight saves in Richmond, arrived in Phoenix approximately three hours before the start of Thursday's game. He got the call that he was being promoted while he was sleeping in a Charlotte hotel during the early hours of Thursday morning.

Remlinger, who has a 1.48 ERA in a team-high 58 appearances, left after facing one batter in the eighth inning Wednesday night with a strained left groin. He expects to be available when he is activated on Aug. 23.

Foster, who arrived with a shaved head, said he was watching Wednesday's game, but had left his hotel room for a few minutes when Remlinger was injured. His roommate Dan Wheeler informed him when he returned and Foster thought he might receive the call.

Foster, who impressed the team with his changeup during Spring Training, says he has been working on a cut fastball this season.

Fantasy Edge : Rafael Furcal, who has 10 hits in his last 15 at-bats, leads the Major Leagues with 21 bunt hits and is fourth in the NL with 39 multi-hit games.

Mark Bowman covers the Braves for MLB.com and can be reached at bowman.mark@worldnet.att.net. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.



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