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Mondesi Returns to Hospital

July 20, 2002

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NEW YORK (AP) _ New York outfielder Raul Mondesi was back at Yankee Stadium and available to play Saturday after a CT scan for recurring pains in his chest was negative.

Mondesi went to Beth Israel North Hospital before Saturday’s game after experiencing pains in his chest shortly after rejoining the team.

Mondesi had checked himself into a hospital Thursday night after feeling a shortness of breath. He was released the next day after extensive tests were negative.

Mondesi was injured when he ran into the right-field wall trying to corral Omar Vizquel’s drive at Cleveland on July 12. He was diagnosed with a bruised sternum, chest and knees, and a stiff neck.

``He feels fine,″ New York manager Joe Torre said. ``He was here before I was here today and told me that he was sitting at home and felt a pain on his left side.″

Mondesi left the locker room about two hours before gametime.

Mondesi, acquired from Toronto for a Double-A reliever on July 1, was not at Yankee Stadium for Friday night’s 4-2 loss in the opener of a pivotal three-game set with the AL East rival Red Sox.

Mondesi had played since hurting himself, and homered in New York’s 6-5 win against Detroit on Thursday.

Yankees team physician Dr. Stuart Hershon said Mondesi was going to have a CT scan as a precautionary measure. Hershon described the test as a ``sophisticated″ way to examine the chest.

Hershon said it was hard to determine whether Mondesi’s episode Thursday night was related to his injury in Cleveland.

``There’s no question the discomfort he felt had a relation to what happened before,″ he said. ``But you’d expect that.

``I think Raul could play today if the test is all right,″ he said.

Mondesi was just glad to be past Thursday night’s scare.

``Now I feel much better. I can breathe,″ he said.

Mondesi is hitting .220 overall with 17 home runs and 52 RBIs. As a Yankee, he’s batting .190 with two homers and seven RBIs in 42 at-bats.

Mondesi is in a 2-for-25 slump.

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