Byrd to DL

#4 Starter Paul Byrd, who has only pitched 1 inning this spring, is expected to be placed on the Disabled List to start the season.

Paul Byrd will begin the season the disabled list, but isn't expected to miss more than one to two starts. Byrd received a cortisone injection in his right elbow on Monday and after throwing a bullpen session reported everything feeling OK.

However, having only pitched one Spring Training inning thus far Bobby Cox will restrict Byrd's action and is having him pitch in a minor-league game on Monday. Cox wants him to get in three or four more starts, which means that Byrd most likely will stary behing in Florida and work in minor league intrasquad games after the Braves break camp in the Grapefruit League.

Byrd signed as a Free-Agent with the Braves this past offseason to a deal worth 10 million dollars over two years. Byrd is due 2 million this season and 7 million next. It is believed that there is an "opt out" clause that Atlanta possesses that would allow the Braves to null void Byrd 2004 contract if he spends a significant amount of time on the DL.

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