Lefty Joe Beimel went to the hospital after last night’s game with heart palpitations and remains there now. It isn’t thought to be serious, and there is an outside chance he will be available to pitch tomorrow night. … Meanwhile, Beimel and Wolf aren’t the only ailing lefties. Hong-Chih Kuo, who was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas on Saturday, never got there. He has been placed on the major-league disabled list (15-day) with irritation in his elbow that isn’t thought to be related to his two Tommy John surgeries.
By the way, if you go to rickmonday.com, which is Rick Monday’s official web site, you can click on the illustration on the opening page and see a film clip of Rick rescuing the American flag from those two would-be flag burners, followed by an interview with Rick about the episode. It’s an interesting production that is worth checking out if you have time. … Oh, and there still is no starter for Sunday. Grady said he is going to wait and see how he uses his bullpen between now and then and that he won’t announce a Sunday starter until after Saturday’s game. Said the candidates are Houlton, Stults and Tomko. The smart money is on Houlton.