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© St. Petersburg Times, published May 1, 2001

Reds plan to call up Sanders

CINCINNATI -- The Reds will call up outfielder Deion Sanders today from their Triple-A affiliate in Louisville, Ky., as they open a six-game homestand with a game against the Dodgers, the team said.

Sanders, 33, hasn't played in the majors since 1997.

Sanders, who also plays cornerback for the Washington Redskins, was hitting .459 with five triples and six stolen bases in 19 games in the minors. He has a 13-game hitting streak and was leading the International League in hits and batting average.

The Reds also said they'll promote outfielder Brady Clark from Louisville. Sanders and Clark will take the roster spots of outfielder Ken Griffey and reliever Matt Skrmetta. Griffey was placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday after he felt pain in his partially torn left hamstring.

INDIANS: Steve Woodard, whose season appeared to be over when he was hit on the right elbow by a line drive, was reinstated from the 15-day disabled list and optioned to Triple-A Buffalo. He bruised the elbow April 10 when he was hit by Chicago's Frank Thomas. Woodard pitched three innings in rehab for Double-A Akron Sunday, allowing one run and three hits.

ANGELS: Outfielder Darin Erstad is listed as day-to-day because of a right knee injury. An MRI exam showed Erstad, hitting .242 with no homers and eight RBI in 23 games, has a mild strain of the medial collateral ligament.

PADRES: Shortstop Chris Gomez was outrighted to Triple-A Portland to make room for outfielder Mark Kotsay, expected to be activated today. Kotsay has been on the DL since April 16 with a strained left quadriceps.

ROCKIES: Bobby Chouinard was activated from the 15-day disabled list, and right-hander Joe Davenport was optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs. Chouinard has not pitched for the Rockies this season because of tendinitis in his right throwing shoulder. He allowed one earned run in five innings during rehab with Colorado Springs.

METS: Right-hander Dicky Gonzalez was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk, and right-hander Jerrod Riggan was optioned to Norfolk. Gonzalez, 22, is scheduled to make his major-league debut tonight against the Astros. Gonzalez was 2-2 with a 3.75 ERA in five games at Norfolk. Riggan appeared in two games for the Mets, allowing four runs in five innings. Gonzalez is taking Al Leiter's spot in the rotation. Leiter is out with a sore left elbow.

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