Astros Coach Has Cancer

Posted: May 13, 1999

Houston Astros hitting coach Tom McCraw was diagnosed with prostate cancer the team said yesterday, and he will leave the team at the end of its current homestand on Sunday.

McCraw, 58, is in his third season with the Astros and has helped Houston to a National League-best .295 team batting average this year.

McCraw learned he might have cancer during a physical exam during spring training. A blood test revealed a high prostate-specific antigen level, which can indicate cancer. A biopsy revealed the disease.

* Tampa Bay pitcher Jim Mecir fractured his right elbow when he tripped during batting practice and will miss the rest of the season.

* Colorado's Vinnie Castilla homered in yesterday's 10-5 loss to the Mets. It was his 100th homer at five-year-old Coors Field, the most of any player.

* Houston catcher Mitch Meluskey and reliever Doug Henry each had surgery, with Meluskey to miss the rest of the season after doctors tightened ligaments in his right shoulder.

* Pittsburgh placed shortstop Pat Meares on the 15-day DL with a sprained left wrist.

* Colorado optioned righthander John Thomson to its triple-A affiliate in Colorado Springs. Thomson, 25, was 0-5 with an 11.84 earned-run average in six games.

* The Northern League's New Jersey Jackals re-signed outfielder Pete Rose Jr.

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