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Cardinals get pitcher Wright for ailing staff

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published August 30, 2002

MILWAUKEE -- Jamey Wright wasn't sure about his immediate plans, but he did know his future looked a lot brighter.

The Cardinals acquired the right-hander and cash from the Brewers on Thursday for minor-league outfielder Chris Morris and a player to be named.

Wright was penciled in to start against the Cubs at Wrigley Field this afternoon pending resolution of the labor dispute.

"I don't know what I'm going to do; I guess I'll drive down there tonight," Wright said.

He goes from a team that is trying to avoid its first 100-loss season to a pennant contender.

The NL Central-leading Cardinals have been busy since the All-Star break, getting star third baseman Scott Rolen and pitchers Chuck Finley and Jeff Fassero.

They've had a bevy of pitching problems this season. Ace Matt Morris went on the 15-day disabled list last week with a strained left hamstring.

Wright was 5-13 with a 5.35 ERA in 19 starts for the Brewers but was 3-3 with a 2.90 ERA in his past six starts. He was sidelined the first two months with a strained muscle in his rib cage and hasn't found his rhythm until this month.

"All I care about doing is the same job I've been doing the last month for the Brewers," Wright said. "It'll definitely be a more intense atmosphere, one that I never got to experience before. I'll be a wild ride for me."

Meanwhile, the Cardinals optioned right-hander Jason Simontacchi to Triple-A Memphis to open a roster spot for right-hander Woody Williams, who started against the Reds.

The Brewers designated left-hander Jimmy Osting for assignment and purchased the contract of right-hander Nelson Figueroa to take Wright's spot in the rotation tonight in Cincinnati.

ASTROS: Right-hander Roy Oswalt dropped his appeal of a five-game suspension for throwing a pitch at Chicago's Alex Gonzalez and began serving.

BLUE JAYS: Left-hander Felix Heredia was charged with assaulting a woman with a weapon. Toronto Detective Peter Harmsen said Heredia assaulted the mother of one of his children about 5 a.m. Harmsen said alcohol was involved. The 22-year-old woman was treated for minor injuries.

METS: Senior vice president and treasurer Harold O'Shaughnessy stepped down to become a consultant for the club.

ROCKIES: Six-time Gold Glove rightfielder Larry Walker had his second error in as many games, dropping a fly ball by the Giants' Reggie Sanders in the third. It's the first time in Walker's career (1,640 games) he has committed errors in consecutive games.

TWINS: The team has 80 wins before Sept. 1 for the second time in club history. It did it in 1965, when it won 102 and reached the World Series. ... Right-hander Juan Rincon was optioned to Triple-A Edmonton after the game, but the club plans to hold off on filling his roster spot until the labor situation is settled.

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