© St. Petersburg Times, published July 28, 2002
ATLANTA -- Phillies All-Star third baseman Scott Rolen said Saturday he would consider signing a long-term deal if he gets traded to the Cardinals.
Rolen is eligible to become a free agent after the season. St. Louis spokesman Brian Bartow said the teams have been talking but there would be no announcement Saturday.
"We all know that is a situation I'd be willing to talk about (including a long-term deal)," Rolen said. "It's a situation where I'd like to see if I fit in."
Rolen said he doesn't expect to be traded without agreeing to a new deal with another team.
ANGELS: Closer Troy Percival was activated from the 15-day disabled list and right-hander Lou Pote was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake. Percival was sidelined July 12 with an infected cut near his left Achilles' tendon.
BRAVES: Gary Sheffield doubled to extend his team record of reaching base to 52 consecutive games. ... Reliever Darren Holmes was activated and pitcher Kevin Gryboski (sore elbow) went on the 15-day disabled list.
CARDINALS: Second baseman Fernando Vina missed a second straight game with tendinitis in his right wrist.
DIAMONDBACKS: Arizona put catcher Damian Miller on the 15-day disabled list with a strained lower back and activated first baseman Erubiel Durazo. Centerfielder Steve Finley remained on the roster, but said he will miss at least two games after being hit on the left elbow with a pitch Friday. Miller had an MRI exam Saturday morning. Results were not immediately available, but manager Bob Brenly said X-rays have found no structural damage.
DODGERS: On Friday, Tyler Houston went 4-for-4 and with four RBIs in his Los Angeles debut, an 11-6 victory over the Giants. Houston, acquired from the Brewers on Tuesday, was so eager to start his new job he arrived almost seven hours before the game to try on his new uniform and shoes and meet his teammates.
EXPOS: Right-hander Tony Armas went on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained back muscle. Right-handers Zach Day and Britt Reames were recalled from Triple-A Ottawa.
GIANTS: Reliever Jay Witasick went on the disabled list with a bruised left foot. He was hit by a line drive Friday. He pitched three more innings, but his foot swelled overnight. Right-hander Manny Aybar was purchased from Triple-A Fresno.
INDIANS: Outfielder Matt Lawton was activated from the 15-day disabled list and infielder Earl Snyder was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo. Lawton was out since July 12 with a strained high calf.
RANGERS: Right-hander Francisco Cordero was activated from the 15-day disabled list and right-hander Reynaldo Garcia was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma. Cordero was out since June 25 with a strained right shoulder.
ROYALS: Right-hander Blake Stein was activated from the 60-day disabled list. He had a left groin strain. Right-hander Brad Voyles was sent to Triple-A Omaha.
REDS: Shortstop Barry Larkin did not start because of a lower right calf injury sustained Friday. He is day to day.