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Mondesi to resume career as Angel

By wire services
Published May 29, 2004

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic - Outfielder Raul Mondesi has reached a deal to play for the Angels three weeks after walking away from the game, he told the Associated Press on Friday.

Mondesi said he got a $1.75-million contract for the rest of the season. He said he will debut for the banged-up AL West leaders Sunday at Chicago.

"I'm very pleased with the agreement I reached with the Angels," Mondesi said.

Greg Genske, one of Mondesi's agents, said he and the Angels were working out contract details.

"We've still got to cross the T's and dot the I's, but it will get done," Genske said. "Raul made the decision he wants to play for the Angels and is excited about playing for the Angels."

Anaheim manager Mike Scioscia said he knew general manager Bill Stoneman and Mondesi were speaking.

"I know they have talked about a lot of things. Nothing is finalized and that's where we are right now," Scioscia said.

The Pirates recently terminated Mondesi's contract after he left them May 7 to return home.

The Angels have spent most of the season in first place despite losing two of their best players, third baseman Troy Glaus and centerfielder Garret Anderson, to the disabled list. First baseman Darin Erstad also is on the DL, and DH Tim Salmon hasn't played this season.

Mondesi was the 1994 NL rookie of the year with the Dodgers, was an All-Star in '95 and was a 30-30 player in '97 and '99. His plate discipline has been erratic, and his .343 on-base percentage last season was his best since '97.

PETTITTE TO SKIP START: Astros left-hander Andy Pettitte will miss his scheduled start Tuesday against the Cubs to give his strained forearm time to heal. Pettitte hurt his left forearm while pitching in the fourth inning Wednesday against the Cubs.

BLUE JAYS: Second baseman Orlando Hudson went on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring.

BRAVES: Outfielder Chipper Jones and first baseman Adam LaRoche left after being injured on separate plays. Jones was hit above the left knee by a fastball from Phillies left-hander Randy Wolf in the first and injured his quadriceps. In the second, LaRoche was injured in a collision with catcher Mike Lieberthal. He walked off but later was hospitalized for X-rays. Results were unknown.

CUBS: Former Devil Rays shortstop Rey Ordonez, a three-time Gold Glove winner, was recalled from Triple-A Iowa and started the first game of a doubleheader at Pittsburgh. Ordonez had a .316 average and a .487 slugging percentage for Tampa Bay last season before season-ending knee surgery in June. Chicago also put outfielder Tom Goodwin (strained right groin) and right-hander Todd Wellemeyer (strained pitching shoulder) on the disabled list.

DODGERS: Former Rays left-hander Wilson Alvarez left after two innings with a strained left hip.

EXPOS: First baseman Nick Johnson, the key player in the offseason trade that sent right-hander Javier Vazquez to the Yankees, was activated from the 15-day disabled list and made his Montreal debut. Johnson, sidelined by a back problem, and right-hander Tony Armas, out all season with a strained right rotator cuff, were recalled from rehabilitation assignments with Triple-A Edmonton. Armas remained on the DL but is expected to pitch next week.

MARINERS: Outfielder Quinton McCracken, an original Devil Ray, was designated for assignment. Right-hander Clint Nageotte was called up from Triple-A Tacoma.

MARLINS: Right-hander A.J. Burnett made his third and possibly final rehabilitation start, allowing seven hits and four earned runs for Triple-A Albuquerque. Burnett had reconstructive elbow surgery in April 2003 and hasn't pitched in the majors since.

PADRES: Slugger Ryan Klesko went on the 15-day disabled list with a strained muscle in his rib cage.

PHILLIES: First baseman Jim Thome was scratched with a finger injury.

RED SOX: Third baseman Bill Mueller had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee to remove a "hanging piece of cartilage" before returning home to recuperate. Team doctor Bill Morgan said the defending AL batting champion is expected to miss five to six weeks.

ROYALS: Former Rays infielder Tony Graffanino, on the disabled list since May 1 with a knee injury, was activated, and left-hander Brian Anderson was sent to the bullpen with an AL-worst 97 hits allowed and 51 earned runs.

[Last modified May 29, 2004, 01:00:33]


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