07/16/2002 3:35 pm ET
MLBeat: Holmes readies to return
Plus: Sheffield extends on-base streak to 42 games
By David Brown / Special to MLB.com
CHICAGO -- Right-hander Darren Holmes is eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list Monday, and Braves manager Bobby Cox said the reliever is progressing well and might be ready to pitch by then.
Because Holmes hadn't pitched in a game since July 6, the Braves put him on the DL retroactive to the next day, so he could become active again on the 22nd.
"Yeah, that's about right. It'll be pretty close to that," Cox said.
Holmes cut his right thumb on a Montreal street curb last weekend after falling down while walking back from lunch with infielder Keith Lockhart. Holmes said the curbs in the Quebec city are higher than those in many places in the United States.
Holmes has been able to keep loose by throwing with his thumb taped; rules prohibit him from pitching in a game with his thumb wrapped.
Holmes has been a key member of the Braves' bullpen, going 2-1 with one save and a 1.51 ERA in 35 appearances.
Gary keeps going and going and going: Outfielder Gary Sheffield hit a ground-rule double in the first inning Wednesday to extend his club-record on-base streak to 42 straight games. The old record was 39 by Chipper Jones in 1999.
Sheffield hit a fly ball to right that Sammy Sosa leaped for, but missed. The ball lodged in the ivy and Sosa put his arms up to indicate it was lost. Sheffield had reached third base by this point, but Wrigley Field ground rules state a batter only gets two bases on balls hit into the ivy.
Maddux puts away his sticks: For now, right-hander Greg Maddux says he prefers only to watch golf. Maddux, a scratch golfer in the past, said he's put away his clubs for a while.
"I'm terrible right now. I've shut it down, and I really haven't played much this season," Maddux said. "I still love to watch it on TV, love to watch Tiger Woods."
Any day now: The rehab assignments of infielders Mark DeRosa and Marcus Giles are up in a few days. Cox said a decision is close, but hasn't been made on what to do with either.
DeRosa has been on the 15-day disabled list since May 19 with ligament damage in his right ankle. Giles has also been sidelined with ankle problems, and has not played the last few days because of a pulled quadriceps muscle.
Fantasy edge: Gary Shefflield has always been a top fantasy player, and he appears to be rounding into form. Sheffield got off to a slow start with the Braves, but has hit in nine straight games and is batting .331 since June 8.
David Brown is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball nor its clubs.