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Angels’ Finley Scheduled To Start

July 27, 1998

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) _ Chuck Finley, struck just above the left elbow by a line drive last Friday night, is scheduled to start Thursday for Anaheim against the New York Yankees _ one day later than originally scheduled.

The Yankees and Angels begin a three-game series at Edison International Field on Tuesday night.

Finley was back in uniform in Kansas City on Sunday _ just two days after Jeff King’s liner struck him in the pitching arm.

Finley’s elbow was wrapped and slightly swollen, but he had almost full flexibility and was able to play catch.

``I thought that was it,″ he said about the line drive. ``I thought my elbow had shattered. My hand was numb. It was so deep. I was thinking, `God’s telling you something. Just tell everybody goodbye.′

``It’s like laying your arm down on a table and telling somebody to hit you with a sledgehammer.″

Finley’s latest problem occurred just six days after he was hit on the right forearm by a line drive off the bat of Joe Carter while liner sitting in the Angels’ dugout.

And that incident came three days after he had to leave his July 15 start in the fifth inning when he lacerated his knee while sliding across the base path on a tag attempt. That injury required eight stitches.

Meanwhile, the Angels announced Monday that Jim Fregosi, who had a 14-year career with the team as a player and manager, will have his uniform retired before Saturday’s game against the Boston Red Sox.

Fregosi, 54, who currently serves as a special assistant to San Francisco Giants general manager Brian Sabean, wore No. 11 for the Angels.

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