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ANGELS NOTEBOOK: FATHER TIME STARTING TO CATCH UP WITH DONNELLY.

Byline: DOUG PADILLA Staff Writer

SEATTLE -- Unable to shake muscle discomfort in his left shoulder and neck area, Brendan Donnelly met with a chiropractor Monday for the first time in his career.

Donnelly, who turns 35 today, blames it all on old age. His pain is akin to a knot in his trapezius muscle and it affects him when he raises his glove hand in front of his body just before he delivers a pitch out of the stretch.

Donnelly said the pain first surfaced 10-12 days ago but he was able to pitch through it. He wasn't as fortunate Saturday, though, when he walked three batters, gave up a hit and allowed two runs in a third of an inning against the Dodgers.

``I thought about (not pitching Saturday), but I went out there before and I was still getting people out,'' Donnelly said. ``I was getting kind of lucky. I was making one good pitch per at-bat and I happened to get the guy out on that pitch.''

Before the rocky outing, Donnelly had showed that he was worthy of some late-inning assignments.

In his 11 previous outings, (11 2/3 innings) Donnelly had not allowed a run. He has limited right-handed hitters to a .200 average this season.

``You guys have seen me pitch. I'm all effort; I'm all or nothing,'' he said. ``It's not like a pinched nerve when you sleep on it wrong. The doctor will know more today. The chiropractor will straighten things out. I've never been to one but I'm not 24 years old so I have to do what I have to do.''

Angels struggle in interleague play: The Angels finished interleague play Sunday with a 7-11 record, one of just three American League teams that didn't finish over .500 against the National League. The Angels and Texas Rangers tied for least amount of AL interleague victories.

Despite many players growing tired with the format or finding its flaws, manager Mike Scioscia still sees the value of the two leagues meeting during the season.

``It's fine if it doesn't compromise you're intradivision games when you're playing your rivals,'' Scioscia said. ``That has to stay in place for the integrity of the schedule.''

Jeff Weaver trade still possible: The Angels still have six days to trade Jeff Weaver, who was designated for assignment over the weekend. Chances seem good that a deal will happen.

If the Angels somehow can't come to terms on a deal, they will end up releasing the right-hander.

The San Diego Padres continue to be rumored as one of the teams most interested in acquiring Weaver.
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Publication:Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)
Date:Jul 4, 2006
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