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Reds Reliever Stan Belinda Has MS

September 21, 1998

CINCINNATI (AP) _ Reliever Stan Belinda has multiple sclerosis, the Cincinnati Reds said Monday. But Belinda is expected to play next season.

Belinda, 32, appeared in 40 games for the Reds this season. He was 4-8 with a 3.23 ERA and one save in 61 1-3 innings.

The diagnosis was made by Dr. John Noseworthy of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. He concluded that Belinda was in the early stages of MS, a degenerative disease.

``Because it was detected in the early stages, with aggressive treatment Stan is expected to be able to resume his baseball career in spring training 1999,″ Reds general manager Jim Bowden said.

Belinda and his family said they will not be available for comment until pitchers report to the Reds camp in Sarasota, Fla., in February.

Belinda was on the disabled list from June 3 to July 8 with inflammation in the spinal cord, which caused numbness in his leg. After being reactivated, he made 14 appearances but was put back on the DL on Aug. 10 and has undergone a series of tests since then.

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