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Giants’ Snow, Mirabelli Hurt

March 23, 2000

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) _ The injury and illness bug hit the Giants again.

This time, catcher Doug Mirabelli and first baseman J.T. Snow were sidelined by injuries and right fielder Ellis Burks was knocked out by a flareup of his stomach ulcers.

It’s already been a tough spring for the Giants because of a rash of injuries disrupting the rhythm of spring training. Shawn Estes is being brought along slowly because of a shoulder problem, closer Robb Nen is trying to regain his form after offseason elbow surgery, and second baseman Jeff Kent missed the early portion of spring training while recovering from a strained rig cage muscle.

Mirabelli was lifted from Tuesday’s game against Colorado at Tucson because of back spasms and Snow bruised his ribs sliding into home in the same game.

Snow and Mirabelli missed Wednesday’s game against the Chicago Cubs and Giants manager Dusty Baker said he was uncertain when they would return. Burks was removed after the second inning, when he was overcome with abdominal pain.

``I’ve dealt with stomach ulcers for the last five years and I just had a serious flareup,″ Burks said before leaving to see a doctor. ``Right now it feels like there’s a fire in my stomach. I’m all messed up, my stomach, my knees, my head.″

Mirabelli, who is competing with Bobby Estalella for playing time at catcher, said he didn’t think his back problem was serious.

``It was a muscle spasm. I’m just taking today to rest it a little bit,″ Mirabelli said.

Snow also said he didn’t think his rib problem was serious.

``It’s probably just bruised or something,″ Snow said. ``I don’t think it’s a big deal. Hopefully, it’s just a bump in the road. We’ll just take it day by day and see how I feel.″

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