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© St. Petersburg Times, published April 9, 2001


TV announcer Hudler hospitalized with brain aneurysm

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Anaheim Angels television announcer Rex Hudler was hospitalized Sunday with a ruptured aneurysm and bleeding in the base of the brain.

Hudler, who played 13 seasons in the major leagues, began experiencing headaches while doing a radio talk show from his hotel room Saturday morning. After he completed the show, he contacted paramedics, who took him to the hospital.

He was in stable condition and able to move freely. The cause of the aneurysm was unknown and he was scheduled for additional tests.

Hudler, 40, was in town to broadcast the game against the Athletics with play-by-play announcer Steve Physioc.

"He checked in with me on Saturday morning," Physioc said. "Then later his wife (Jennifer) called me to tell me what happened. He's the most optimistic person I know, and our thoughts are with him."

Hudler, who joined the broadcast booth after retiring in 1998, hit. .261 with 56 home runs and 156 RBI.

BREWERS: With temperatures in the 60s and a cloudless sky, Miller Park's retractable roof was open for the first time. The outfield panels, however, remained closed, cutting down on the wind coming off Lake Michigan.

CARDINALS: The team says Mark McGwire, out for four games with a sore right knee, will be in the lineup for its home opener against Colorado tonight. ... Centerfielder Jim Edmonds also was out of the lineup for the fourth straight game with a sore left big toe. ... Right-handed pitcher Garrett Stephenson felt elbow pain in his start for Triple-A Memphis on Thursday and is scheduled to see team doctor George Paletta today.

DIAMONDBACKS: Rightfielder Reggie Sanders was activated and right-handed pitcher Bobby Witt was placed on the disabled list. Witt injured his right elbow in his first start Saturday. An MRI is scheduled for today. Witt, who turns 37 next month, was a non-roster invitee to spring training and won the starting job left vacant by Todd Stottlemyre's shoulder injury.

DODGERS: Kevin Brown pronounced himself fit to make his first start of the season Tuesday night at Arizona. Brown has been sidelined with a sprained right Achilles' tendon.

INDIANS: Kenny Lofton will accompany the team on its trips to Chicago, Detroit and Baltimore, but he isn't likely to play for at least two or three more days. The Indians have signed left-hander Rich Rodriguez to a minor-league contract and sent him to Akron. Rodriguez, 38, spent last season with the Mets and theirTriple-A affiliate, Norfolk.

METS: Having already lost the services of centerfielder Jay Payton -- who had a throat infection and headaches -- the team also lost leftfielder Benny Agbayani and rightfielder Timo Perez to injury during Sunday's game. Agbayani was wearing a temporary hard cast on his left hand in the clubhouse after the game. He was struck there by Chris Peters' pitch in the third inning. Perez left the game in the fifth after straining his left groin. "I would say that they're not too good for tomorrow," manager Bobby Valentine said.

PIRATES: The team is pursuing free-agent right-hander Ramon Martinez and wants to sign the former Dodgers pitcher within the next few days.

General manager Cam Bonifay said on his weekly radio show that he was "optimistic" about signing Martinez, released last month after Eric Gagne beat him out as the Dodgers' No. 5 starter. If the team signs Martinez, Bonifay said he should be ready to move into the rotation by the end of the week.

ORIOLES: Once insistent that first baseman David Segui could overcome more than two lost weeks of spring training, manager Mike Hargrove acknowledged his cleanup hitter's sluggish start by resting him against Indians left-handed rookie C.C. Sabathia. Segui has a .111 average that includes six strikeouts in 18 at-bats.

RANGERS: Former closer John Wetteland visited the clubhouse for the second day in a row. Wetteland is a free agent but continued back problems make it unlikely that he will pitch again. Manager Johnny Oates said he doesn't anticipate any comeback attempt by Wetteland. Since the team didn't offer him salary arbitration last season, Wetteland can't re-sign with the team before May 1.

ROCKIES: X-rays on shortstop Neifi Perez's left thumb and catcher Brent Mayne's right wrist were negative, but Perez was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a sprain. Shortstop Juan Uribe was activated from Double-A Carolina. Perez's injury ended his consecutive games-played streak at 171. The team said Perez might need surgery.

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