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Fan throws cell phone, hits Everett

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published April 20, 2003

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Rangers rightfielder Carl Everett was hit in the back of the head with a cell phone thrown by a fan during a 12-2 loss to the Athletics on Saturday.

The male fan was arrested, according to A's spokesman Jim Young, and Everett of Tampa said he planned to press charges. Everett was discussing it with a police officer in the clubhouse.

"Luckily I was wearing a hat," Everett said. "If it wasn't for the hat, I'd be cut back there. That fan should be ashamed of himself."

Everett was hit four days after umpire Laz Diaz was attacked by a fan at U.S. Cellular field in Chicago.

"This is always happening in major-league baseball and maybe now they'll do something about it," Everett said. "I'm going to be pressing charges. It's just ignorance and alcohol and probably too much of both."

An officer answering at the Oakland Police Department patrol desk said he had no information on the arrest.

Everett told umpires before the start of the sixth that he had been hit.

"I tossed it over the fence," Everett said of the phone. "We are all going to be heckled in this game. That's part of it. But it's wrong to throw stuff."

A's manager Ken Macha said: "We have great fans and there's no room for fans to throw things on the field." SCHILLING HAS APPENDECTOMY: Pitcher Curt Schilling had an appendectomy during the game against the Cardinals, but might miss only one start.

Schilling was in pain Friday when the Diamondbacks arrived for the start of a three-game series and manager Bob Brenly said the pain was more acute on Saturday. Cardinals team doctors recommended surgery.

"It was something we couldn't afford to put off for another couple days," Brenly said. "The doctors recommended that they do it right away.

"We thought about maybe even flying him back to Phoenix but they suggested against that."

The Diamondbacks hesitated to characterize the operation as an emergency situation.

"I don't think it was ruptured or burst," Brenly said. "But it certainly looked like it was heading in that direction."

Schilling, 36, has been runner-up for the NL Cy Young the past two seasons, winning 45 games.

This year he's 1-2 with a 4.28 ERA. Schilling had been scheduled to pitch Wednesday at home against the Expos.

Every Diamondbacks starter had been set to get an extra day of rest before the surgery, and now the remaining four in the rotation will work on regular rest.

BLUE JAYS: The spring training complex was rededicated as the Cecil P. Englebert Recreational Complex. The $8-million complex replaces the original Englebert Complex, and is part of a $14-million renovation project that will keep the Blue Jays in Dunedin until 2018. Englebert, a former Dunedin mayor, encouraged the expansion team to hold spring training in the city.

BRAVES: Promising young pitcher Jason Marquis said he was "shocked" about being sent to Triple A to make room for Mike Hampton to come off the disabled list. Marquis has struggled since midway through last season. The team thought he would benefit from pitching regularly at Richmond. ... Catcher Javy Lopez left the game against the Phillies with a hamstring injury and will miss three to four days. Catcher Johnny Estrada was recalled from Triple-A Richmond.

DODGERS: The team remained hopeful injured left-hander Odalis Perez would return to the rotation soon, but Perez wasn't as optimistic. The No. 2 starter said he still had pain in his sprained right ankle and would not pitch for at least another 10 days.

EXPOS: Right-hander Orlando Hernandez pitched live batting practice for the first time since being sidelined in mid March because of tendinitis in his shoulder. The Expos hope he'll be able to return by mid May.

PHILLIES: Brandon Duckworth was activated from the disabled list to make his first start of the season today. Right-hander Eric Junge was optioned to Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes-Barr.

YANKEES: The team sent pitcher Jose Contreras to Columbus of the International League and recalled left-hander Randy Choate. Contreras -- who signed a $32-million, four-year contract this winter after a stellar career in the Cuban League -- was 1-0 with a 10.80 ERA in five appearances for the Yankees. Manager Joe Torre talked all week about making the move that will give the 32-year-old right-hander more chances to pitch. ... Closer Mariano Rivera, on the 15-day DL with a strained right groin, could pitch in a minor-league game Monday, and rejoin the Yankees later in the week. Reliever Steve Karsay, on the DL with an injured right shoulder, made 90 throws off flat ground and is slated for his first bullpen session Monday.

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