Clemens activated for Wednesday's start vs. RoyalsPosted: Tuesday August 06, 2002 4:25 PM
Updated: Wednesday August 07, 2002 4:41 AM
BRONX, NEW YORK (Ticker) -- The New York Yankees activate six-time Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday night in time for Wednesday's start against the Kansas City Royals.
Clemens was placed on the DL on Jule 13 with tightness in his right groin, one of several injuries he has suffered this season. He also received a cortisone injection in his sprained right foot Friday, a day after his last rehabilitation start.
On Thursday, Clemens pitched for Class AA Norwich, allowing one run and five hits with no walks and seven strikeouts over seven innings against Binghamton. He turned 40 on Sunday.
"We get Rocket back tomorrow and he's meant a lot to this team," Yankees manager Joe Torre said after Tuesday's 6-2 loss to the Kansas City Royals. "Hopefully, he's as healthy as he seems to be and we'll get him some runs."
To make room for Clemens, the Yankees optioned righthander Brandon Knight to Class AAA Columbus of the International League. Knight had no record and a 6.75 ERA in six relief appearances.
Reds activate Hamilton, put Dessens on DL
Hamilton, a right-hander, had been on the disabled list since July 17 with a strained left hamstring and went to the minor leagues for a rehabilitation assignment. He was on the DL in May with a similar injury.
Hamilton is 3-6 with a 5.21 ERA in 16 starts this season.
Dessens, also a right-hander, was placed on the DL retroactive to Friday with a strained right groin. Dessens is 7-5 with a 2.67 ERA in 23 starts.
Mariners pull trees out of Safeco Field
SEATTLE -- The 26 trees the Seattle Mariners planted at Safeco Field in March to cut down on glare for hitters are coming out.
"Most of our hitters wanted them removed," Randy Adamack, the team's vice president of communications, said Tuesday as the tree removal began.
Second baseman Bret Boone, designated hitter Edgar Martinez, first baseman John Olerud and backup catcher Ben Davis have said they have trouble seeing the ball coming out of the pitcher's hand, particularly in games starting at 3:35 p.m. and 6 p.m.
The trees were planted in front of the 24-foot-high wall behind center field known as the "batter's eye" at the recommendation of one of the Mariners players, Adamack said. He said he did not know who the player was.
The Mariners hoped the trees would provide an even background and reduce glare for hitters as they looked toward the mound.
Former Reds CEO released from Cincinnati hospital
CINCINNATI -- Former Cincinnati Reds owner Marge Schott was released Tuesday from Jewish Hospital, where she was treated for an undisclosed ailment.
Hospital spokeswoman Stephanie Savicki refused to say why the 73-year-old Schott had been in the hospitalized since Friday.
Schott has been a patient several times during the past few years. She was hospitalized twice in 2001 after complaining of breathing problems and once in 1999 for allergies. She underwent surgery in 1998 after falling on her driveway and breaking her hip.
Schott gave up control of the Reds in 1999 after major league baseball ordered her to sell her interest in the team.
Rangers place Hollandsworth on DL with quad injury
Hollandsworth was hurt running to first base in the fifth inning of Saturday's game.
Texas recalled first baseman Travis Hafner from Class AAA Oklahoma City.
Hollandsworth was batting .300 with a home run and four RBIs in three games. Hafner hit .338 with 19 homers and 72 RBIs in 104 games for Oklahoma City this season.
Indians complete deal, get Crisp from Cards
The club continued to shuffle players, sending pitcher Jaret Wright back to the minors to get some work, and bringing back outfielder Karim Garcia.
Right-hander Jason Phillips filled Wright's roster spot and with Garcia rejoining the Indians, outfielder Chris Magruder was sent to Class AAA Buffalo.
The 22-year-old Crisp was the Cardinals' minor league player of the year in 2001. He has spent this season at Double-A Hew Haven, batting .301 with nine homers, 47 RBIs and 26 steals in 89 games.
A switch-hitter, Crisp will report to Cleveland's Class AA affiliate in Akron.
Rivera throws two scoreless innings in rehab start
TAMPA, Fla. -- New York reliever Mariano Rivera, recovering from a strained right shoulder, pitched two scoreless innings Tuesday in a rehabilitation start for the Yankees' Gulf Coast League team.
It was the All-Star closer's first game action since July 20. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list July 26, two days after experiencing continued tightness in his shoulder after playing catch in the Yankees' bullpen before a game at Cleveland.
"My command was a little off, but it feels great," Rivera said. "We'll see how it feels tomorrow. It will be one of the biggest days for me. I feel good pitching. Hopefully, it feels good tomorrow."
The right-hander allowed two singles, hit a batter, picked a runner off first base and struck out two against Kansas City minor leaguers. Rivera, who threw 20 of 31 pitches for strikes, had his fastball reach 94 mph.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.