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Jays put slugger on DL

By wire services
Published June 9, 2004

TORONTO - The Blue Jays placed Carlos Delgado on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday because of a strained right rib cage, making the move retroactive to May 30.

"We've already lost him for 10 days," manager Carlos Tosca said. "And if this thing pulls again, we could lose him for 30 days. It's only a precaution. Hopefully, he'll be able to swing pain-free by the weekend."

The first baseman, second in MVP voting last year, is hitting .227 with eight home runs and 32 RBIs this season.

The Blue Jays also placed left-hander Valerio De Los Santos on the 15-day DL with a sore shoulder and activated shortstop Chris Woodward, outfielder Frank Catalanotto and right-hander Justin Speier from the DL and optioned outfielder Simon Pond to Syracuse.

Speier (sore shoulder) missed 25 games, Woodward (strained right hamstring) 24 and Catalanotto (strained right groin) 16. Pond hit .163 in 16 games.

ASTROS: Starting pitcher Andy Pettitte probably won't come off the DL by this weekend, and manager Jimy Williams is making plans for Brandon Duckworth or Pete Munro to pitch Sunday. Pettitte, eligible to be activated Friday, played catch before Tuesday's game and said the strained muscle in his left forearm felt fine.

CARDINALS: First baseman Albert Pujols is making "good improvement" with his hamstring, but the team said it's too early to say when he will return. Pujols, tied for the major-league lead with 17 homers, sat out Monday after injuring his left hamstring running the bases Sunday. It's unlikely he'll start tonight or Thursday but could pinch-hit if he feels better.

CUBS: Sammy Sosa took batting practice for the first time since going on the DL and hit seven out of the park. He also hit off a tee. Sosa, who has been on the DL since May 16 because of a sprained ligament in his back brought on by two violent sneezes, said he has no pain. If there are no setbacks, he hopes to return in 7-10 days.

DIAMONDBACKS: The name of Bank One Ballpark will be changed if a corporate merger with J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. becomes final. Potential new names include Chase Stadium, Chase Ballpark, Chase Field and Chase Park.

METS: Former Devil Rays outfielder Gerald Williams was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk. Williams, signed in April as a minor-league free agent, was hitting .297 with four homers and 14 RBIs in 37 games. Second baseman Danny Garcia, who was hitting .228 in 33 games was optioned.

INDIANS: Starting pitcher Joe Dawley was put on the 15-day DL with a strained right elbow. He is 0-0 with a 5.40 ERA in two starts since being called up May 29. Pitcher Kazuhito Tadano, who was 0-0 with a 9.64 ERA over 42/3 innings in his previous stint with Cleveland, was recalled from Buffalo to replace him.

PHILLIES: Starting pitcher Randy Wolf was placed on the 15-day DL with tendinitis in his left elbow. Wolf, 2-3 with a 2.91 ERA, felt tightness in his elbow after a bullpen session Saturday. He was replaced by closer Billy Wagner, who had been on the DL since May 14 with a strained left groin.

RANGERS: Right-hander Rick Helling signed a minor-league contract with the organization he won 20 games with in 1998. He signed with Minnesota before the season expecting to be the fifth starter, but he broke a bone in his leg during spring training. He pitched in the minors before leaving the organization, frustrated by not being called up.

REDS: Shortstop Barry Larkin left Tuesday's game when he appeared to aggravate a sore abdominal muscle. Larkin, making his second start in a week because of the injury, cut across the diamond to field a slow hopper and didn't make the throw. His status is unknown . Also, outfielder Austin Kearns was placed on the 15-day DL after missing nine games because of a sore right thumb. It's the second time Kearns, who is hitting .195 with three homers, has been on the DL after a pitch broke a bone in his forearm April 26.

RED SOX: Shortstop Nomar Garciaparra went 0-for-3 at Triple-A Pawtucket, and his right Achilles' tendon will be examined before the team decides if he can play tonight. Also, outfielder Trot Nixon, who has not played this season because of a pulled muscle in his right thigh, played five innings for Class A Sarasota, going 2-for-3, including a double, RBI and a run.

ROYALS: Ken Harvey, baseball's leading hitter, was sore from his right shoulder to his right ankle but expected to miss only one game after his collision with teammate Jason Grimsley. Harvey was playing first Sunday when he collided with the pitcher on a slow roller. X-rays were negative for both. Grimsley, a middle reliever, had a sore arm and jaw but said he's available.

YANKEES: Shortstop Derek Jeter missed his third game because of a strained groin. Manager Joe Torre said he sat him as a precaution and expects Jeter to play tonight.

Fraud scheme nets prison

Richard Graessle , a sports memorabilia dealer, was sentenced to four months in prison and four months of house arrest for a scheme in which he and Al Clark, a former umpire, sold baseballs they claimed were used in historic games. He also was fined $500 and ordered to pay $101,377 in federal taxes, penalties and interest on income received from the scheme but not declared. Clark, received a similar sentence last week.

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