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By TIMES WIRES
Published May 31, 2006
NEW YORK - The Mets called up former Northside Christian standout Lastings Milledge on Tuesday after putting starting rightfielder Xavier Nady on the disabled list following an appendectomy earlier in the day.
Milledge, 21, a 2003 first-round pick and one of the team's top prospects, started in rightfield and batted eighth. He got his first big-league hit in his third at-bat, a double off Arizona starter Miguel Batista in the seventh.
Milledge batted .291 with a .425 on-base percentage (second in the International League), a .467 slugging percentage and eight steals in 14 attempts for Norfolk. He also had 16 doubles.
He impressed Mets brass in spring training, batting .327 in 23 games.
The Astros still want to re-sign Roger Clemens, though his agent and the team said there is no deal.
The seven-time Cy Young Award winner plans to decide soon whether to pitch this season or retire for good.
"Obviously, we're still hopeful. But nothing has been determined," Houston general manager Tim Purpura said. "We'd love to get a phone call that Roger is going to pitch for us. They know what our interest is, what our parameters are."
Agent Randy Hendricks said Clemens, 43, is "very close with a final decision."
A day after saying health will be a key to whether he plays long enough to chase Hank Aaron's career home run record, Barry Bonds was scratched from the Giants lineup with a sore back. The leftfielder told manager Felipe Alou about three hours before gametime that he had some tightness, though Alou didn't get the sense the injury was serious.
The Dodgers activated closer Eric Gagne but announced he began serving a two-game suspension and will not join the team until Thursday in Los Angeles.
CARDS ACE ON DL:
Right-hander Chris Carpenter went on the 15-day disabled list with bursitis under his right shoulder blade but hopes to miss only one more start. The team is cautious about rushing back last year's NL Cy Young winner.