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All-Star Vaughn Still Sick

July 12, 1996

MILWAUKEE (AP) _ The flu bug sapped the strength of the Milwaukee Brewers as they embarked on the second half of the season Thursday night.

All-Star outfielder Greg Vaughn, who spent the All-Star Game getting sick in the clubhouse, ate some soup Thursday but was too weak to start against the Toronto Blue Jays.

``When he’s lying down, he’s fine. When he gets up, he just gets sicker and sicker,″ manager Phil Garner said. ``I’m sure he’ll be all right tomorrow.″

Brewers starting pitcher Jeff D’Amico also was bothered by the bug, but he felt strong enough to make his first start at County Stadium.

``It’s not bad enough to keep me from pitching,″ said D’Amico, who replaced Brian Givens in the rotation during the club’s four-city road trip that preceded the break.

Initially, Vaughn thought he had contracted food poisoning at a gala the night before the All-Star game. Several of his teammates, including D’Amico, Mike Potts, Dave Nilsson and Steve Sparks, said they had similar symptoms, suggesting maybe they had gotten sick from the spread during a series at New York last week.

But Garner said he thought it was the flu and not food poisoning.

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