By BRUCE LOWIIT
© St. Petersburg Times,
published July 21, 2001
ST. PETERSBURG -- Right-handed pitcher Bryan Rekar was placed on the disabled list Friday with tendinitis in his right shoulder and the Rays recalled rookie right-handed reliever Jesus Colome from Triple-A Durham.
It didn't take long for Colome to get to work, replacing Albie Lopez with one out in the sixth inning Friday night after the Rays starter gave up successive home runs to Ivan Rodriguez and Ruben Sierra and departed with what the team said was a left ankle sprain. Lopez was listed as day-to-day.
Paul Wilson, who began the season as a starter before moving to the bullpen June 1, will return to the rotation in Rekar's place. He is scheduled to start Wednesday at Anaheim, but manager Hal McRae said he will try to get him into today's game briefly.
For Rekar, it's the first visit to the DL because of arm problems. He started 2000 on the DL with a left groin strain and the 1998 season with a lower back strain. "It's always a little scary," he said, "but after conversations with the trainers and doctors, I know it's nothing major, nothing structural. I'll be back (before the season ends)."
Rekar came out of Thursday's game against the Angels after one inning, saying he couldn't get loose. He said his shoulder has been bothering him all season but that it got progressively worse the past two starts.
"I always figured if I was out there pitching every five days, that was the most important thing," he said. "I tried to take it easy between starts and always told them I could go."
Said McRae: "You hate to lose anyone, but you've got to move on. Jamie (Reed, Rays trainer) said the rest will do him good."
JUGGLING: Second baseman Brent Abernathy was dropped to eighth in the lineup, McRae said, "to try and break up the inconsistency" the Rays have had driving in runs from the bottom of the order. "If he does well, he'll stay. ... Abbie handles the bat well; he's gotten some big hits. He's the best RBI man among batters at the bottom of the lineup."
Going into Friday the Rays were 6-7 in games in which Abernathy batted seventh or eighth, 1-5 elsewhere. Randy Winn, who has batted leadoff or No. 2 most of the season, batted sixth as McRae spread the more productive hitters throughout the lineup.
ROGERS UNDER THE KNIFE: Rangers left-hander Kenny Rogers will miss the rest of the season after surgery next week to clear a circulatory problem in an artery. The condition known as thoracic outlet syndrome is caused by a rib pinching a muscle in the shoulder and blocking the artery. It will be Rogers' first time on the DL in his 14-year career.
FOX TRACKS: Joe Magrane was absent from the Rays TV broadcast booth and will be today as well. He will be in the FOX network booth today, teaming with Josh Lewin at the Mariners-Twins game at the Metrodome.
REACHING OUT: Infielder Russ Johnson, broadcaster DeWayne Staats and mascot Raymond will visit the North Pinellas YMCA at 9 a.m. today to sign autographs and talk to fans as part of the team's Outreach program. The event is free.
FINALLY: Bobby Seay, out most of the season with a sprained finger, won his first game since Aug. 30, giving up seven hits and four runs in seven innings of the Double-A Orlando Rays' 7-5 victory at Chattanooga. Seay is 1-5 with a 6.35 ERA this season and 16-31 in his five-year pro career.