Pads cut ties with Boomer

SAN DIEGO -- David Wells is finished with his hometown San Diego Padres, and it's possible that baseball has seen the last of the boisterous left-hander known as Boomer.

General manager Kevin Towers said Wednesday that the Padres will cut ties with the struggling 44-year-old on Thursday in order to activate All-Star Chris Young from the disabled list.

Towers and manager Bud Black told Wells on Tuesday night that he wouldn't be making his scheduled start Saturday in Cincinnati. They gave him two options for his departure.

"If he still wants to play, we'll designate him for assignment and see if other clubs have interest, or if he wants to hang them up, he can retire," Towers told The Associated Press by phone. "We're waiting for him to get back to us."

• While Barry Bonds was breaking the home run record in San Francisco, baseball commissioner Bud Selig was in New York, preparing to meet with his chief steroids investigator.

Selig watched Bonds' 756th homer on television Tuesday night, then met with Mitchell on Wednesday before returning to Milwaukee, a person with knowledge of Selig's whereabouts said. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't allowed to discuss the situation publicly.

• Colorado Rockies pitcher Jason Hirsh broke his right leg -- and kept on pitching against the Milwaukee Brewers.

X-rays revealed the fracture, a day after Milwaukee's J.J. Hardy lined a ball off Hirsh's leg during the first inning of Colorado's 11-4 win.

Hirsh allowed three runs -- two earned -- and three hits in six innings, throwing 87 pitches and improving his record to 5-7.

• NCAA -- The NCAA's board of directors has heard coaches and schools complaining about the new ban on sending text messages to recruits. Now the committee could change everything.

On Thursday, the NCAA is scheduled to hear an appeal, signed by at least 30 schools, to overturn this spring's decision of an outright ban on text messages between coaches and recruits.