Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn, who has joined with movie producer Thomas Tull in an effort to buy the San Diego Padres, owes more than $400,000 in unpaid federal income taxes, a newspaper reports.
UT San Diego reported Saturday that tax notices show Gwynn owes the government money from 2003, 2007 and 2009.
Gwynn said last month that he is working with Tull, the CEO of Legendary Pictures. Tull is among several prospective owners trying to buy the Padres from majority owner John Moores.
Gwynn’s tax attorney, Mitch Dubick, says his client is working to pay down the taxes and doesn’t believe the issue will have a bearing on his role with the ownership group.
Gwynn, who played with the Padres during his career, is the San Diego State baseball coach.
GARDNER SUFFERS ANOTHER SETBACK
Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner had another setback in his slow recovery from a strained right elbow.
New York manager Joe Girardi said Gardner felt pain when he woke up Saturday, a day after playing five innings in a rehab game with Class-A Charleston. The speedy outfielder will be examined by renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews on Monday or Tuesday and then later in the week by Dr. Timothy Kremchek, the Cincinnati Reds’ medical director.
Sidelined since April 18 with an injury to his non-throwing arm, Gardner has cut short two minor league rehab assignments because of discomfort. After the latest setback, Girardi acknowledged he doesn’t expect Gardner back until after the All-Star break.
“I’m not sure when we’ll see him,” Girardi said.
TEHERAN CALLED UP
Julio Teheran will be recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett to fill in for Tim Hudson for the Atlanta Braves today against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Hudson has bone spurs in his left ankle and said Saturday he had a cortisone shot Friday after his attempt to throw in the bullpen “wasn’t too good.”
“It’s just some bone spurs I’ve had for years,” Hudson said.
Manager Fredi Gonzalez said Hudson may start Wednesday against the Yankees. Brandon Beachy, currently scheduled to pitch Wednesday, would be pushed back one day.
Teheran, the Braves’ top prospect, is 5-2 with a 3.15 ERA in 11 starts at Gwinnett. He pitched a seven-hit complete-game shutout, allowing only one run, in his last start against Charlotte.
Cardinals pitcher Jaime Garcia will be shut down for a month because of some tearing in the labrum and rotator cuff in his left (throwing) shoulder. The injury-ravaged Cardinals are saying Garcia could be sidelined as long as two months. Garcia is the second member of the rotation to be sidelined. Chris Carpenter, who won a game in each playoff round last fall, has yet to pitch and is probably at least a month away. … The Royals placed right-hander Felipe Paulino on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained left groin suffered Wednesday against Minnesota.