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Mondesi backs off his threat

Wire services
Published April 26, 2004

Raul Mondesi threatened to leave the Pirates if they don't pay him by the end of the month, then backed off his comments after meeting with team officials.

"If by April 30 they don't pay me, I'll pack up my things and come back to the Dominican Republic," Mondesi told the Associated Press by telephone before the game against the Reds.

A Dominican civil court ruled in February that Mondesi owed former major-leaguer Mario Guerrero about $640,000 for helping him improve his baseball skills, a claim Mondesi denies. Mondesi appealed; he said the court ordered his accounts in nine Dominican banks frozen, and the Pirates are withholding his pay.

During a meeting with general manager Dave Littlefield and manager Lloyd McClendon after Sunday's 6-0 victory Mondesi told them he wasn't planning to leave the team. "Raul's very happy to be a Pirate and he's going to be here May 1," McClendon said. Mondesi did not talk to reporters after the game, but told publicist Jim Trdinich that he wasn't leaving.

ANGELS: Outfielder Garret Anderson (stiff back) missed his fourth straight game for the first time.

ATHLETICS: Shortstop Bobby Crosby (right knee) and outfielder Bobby Kielty (sore ribs) missed their fifth straight game.

BREWERS: Reliever Victor Santos was recalled, and rookie starter Chris Saenz was sent to Double-A Huntsville a day after his first major-league win.

EXPOS: Right-hander Jeremy Fikac and first baseman Luis Lopez were optioned.

INDIANS: Outfielder Russell Branyan, who started his career in Cleveland, was reacquired from the Braves for a player to be named. Branyan will report to Triple-A Buffalo today. The team also acquired right-hander Rick White from the Dodgers for minor-leaguer Trey Dyson.

ORIOLES: Rafael Palmeiro has 1,703 RBIs, moving him past Reggie Jackson and into 17th place on the career list. Palmeiro's double was his 2,800th hit.

PHILLIES: First baseman Jim Thome was rested and missed his first start.

RANGERS: Left-hander Kenny Rogers (flulike symptoms) was scratched from his start, so John Wasdin was called up from Oklahoma and left-hander Ryan Snare optioned. Right-hander Mickey Callaway (right forearm) was transferred from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list.

YANKEES: Right-hander Jon Lieber (groin) allowed two hits in seven scoreless innings for Class A Tampa against Fort Myers in his final rehabilitation start.

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