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Angels release Canseco; Indians put Fryman on DL

Angels release Canseco; Indians put Fryman on DL

TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Jose Canseco experiment never made it out of the petri dish for the Angels. Concerned about nagging injuries and a potential lack of production, Anaheim released the ex-Rays designated hitter Wednesday and replaced him with slugger Glenallen Hill, who was acquired in a trade from the Yankees.

The Angels were hoping Canseco, who has 446 home runs, would fill the power void created by Mo Vaughn's season-ending elbow surgery, but the 36-year-old missed 10 consecutive games this spring because of lower-back and hamstring injuries and another game because of a twinge in his neck.

When he did play, Canseco did not impress the Angels with his .231 average (9-for-39). He had no home runs, no walks and nine strikeouts in 13 games.

"It's not just the cold numbers," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "We're looking at what a player's skills are -- his bat speed, durability, how he moves in the field. We still think he can hit major league pitching, but instead of guessing with Jose, we know what Glenallen Hill can do."

Canseco, informed of the move during a morning meeting with Scioscia and general manager Bill Stoneman, insisted he could have played regular-season games with the injuries he had this spring.

"I'm in shock -- there was definitely no indication of this happening," said Canseco, who was already in contact with the Orioles about an outfield/DH job by the afternoon.

"Whether or not I had an opportunity to show my ability is hard to tell. I was ready to play three days before I came back (from the hamstring injury) and they wanted me to wait. I was going to play with that twinge in my neck, but they took me off the bus to Tucson. I'm really kind of confused."

INDIANS: Travis Fryman was given permission to resume throwing, but the five-time All-Star third baseman will begin the season on the 15-day DL with a torn elbow ligament.

Fryman, coming off his best season, will be replaced at third on opening day by Russell Branyan, who has only played 10 games at third in the majors.

"Unless something dramatic happens, that's our decision for now," general manager John Hart said. "This will allow Travis to take a little more time with it. It's in the best interest of everybody."

Also, C.C. Sabathia, Cleveland's top pitching prospect, will make his final spring training start today against Kansas City. If he does well, the 20-year-old left-hander will likely win a spot in the starting rotation.

ATHLETICS: Jason Giambi was so close to signing a $90-million, six-year deal with Oakland that agent Arn Tellem flew to Arizona last week to finalize it.

Five days later -- with general manager Billy Beane on his way to Oakland -- Tellem is wondering what happened. Tellem and Beane have not held significant discussions since Saturday, and Giambi intends to cut off talks next week.

"Opening day is it for me," Giambi said after going 0-for-3 in a 10-9 victory against Milwaukee. "After that I don't want to think about it."

RED SOX: A day after he again clashed with manager Jimy Williams in Tampa, Carl Everett was a no-show at City of Palms Park, where he had been expected to work out while his teammates faced the Rays in St. Petersburg.

"He could possibly have some meetings somewhere today," said Williams in St. Petersburg, offering no details.

Asked if Everett had been expected to work out, Williams replied: "All players have to be somewhere."

Also, CEO John Harrington said Williams's fate is in general manager Dan Duquette's hands and hinted that a contract extension for Williams may not be forthcoming.

"I'm leaving that up to Dan," Harrington said of Williams's status. "That's between Dan and Jimy. I don't want to get involved in that."

Finally, the team will wait a little longer before scheduling wrist surgery for shortstop Nomar Garciaparra.

ROYALS: catcher Gregg Zaun tore his left calf in pre-game drills and will be out from two to six weeks.

Left-hander Jose Rosado, who had shoulder surgery in June, received a cortisone shot. Rosado has not pitched since March 14 and will begin the season on the disabled list.

TIGERS: Dave Mlicki became the latest player to get hurt when he was hit on the left knee by a grounder in a 4-3 loss to the Phillies.

Mlicki was struck just below the kneecap in the third inning by a ball off the bat of Pat Burrell. Mlicki was taken from the field on a golf cart.

Preliminary X-rays were negative, and manager Phil Garner did not think Mlicki would miss his first scheduled start, against Chicago on April 6.

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