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Ross was helped from the field in the fourth inning Wednesday after injuring his right leg in a collision with second baseman Dan Uggla.
The Marlins put right-hander Logan Kensing on the 15-day disabled list with an arm injury Wednesday.
Kensing left Sunday's game with elbow soreness. He is to undergo a precautionary MRI exam on his elbow but is expected to be sidelined only three to five days, manager Joe Girardi said.
Treanor was placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Marlins with a left shoulder strain. Paul Hoover is expected to take over the backup role to starting catcher Miguel Olivo.
Johnson allowed one run and five hits with eight strikeouts in seven innings for the Marlins in a 15-2 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday to earn his ninth victory of the season. It was the 22-year-old rookie right-hander's first win in four starts, since he last won on July 8 against the New York Mets.
Willis is 2-4 with a 6.00 ERA at home. On the road he's 4-3 with a 2.49 ERA.
Cabrera has hit safely in five straight games after being in a 2-for-29 slump.
Cabrera, batting .080 (2-for-25) in his last eight games, was given the day off Sunday. He had a string of 20 straight games of reaching base end after going 0-for-4 on Saturday.
Petit was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque after Sunday's game.
The Marlins optioned Resop to Triple-A Albuquerque on Tuesday and recalled righty Yusmeiro Petit.
Petit was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque on Tuesday when righty Chris Resop was optioned to the Marlins' top farm club. Petit, 21, is slated to start Wednesday against the Washington Nationals. Manager Joe Girardi said the right-hander will be on a 100-pitch count.
Cabrera was selected to his third All-Star team Sunday and will be a reserve third baseman for the National League. He is hitting .344 with 13 homers and 55 RBIs this season.
Uggla was selected to his first All-Star team Sunday and will be a reserve second baseman for the National League. He is hitting .307 with 13 homers and 44 RBIs this season.
Moehler was placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with a right foot sprain.
Pinto was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque on Saturday when right-hander Brian Moehler was placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Florida called up Sanchez from Double-A Carolina for an emergency start on Sunday and he pitched 5 2-3 shutout innings in a 5-0 win over the New York Yankees. The 22-year-old right-hander gave up seven hits, no walks and struck out two in his major league debut. Sanchez, who was acquired from Boston last November as part of a trade for Josh Beckett, was needed after Saturday's game was postponed due to rain forcing a doubleheader Sunday.
In a bizarre play, Cabrera reached across the plate and hit an intentional ball from Baltimore Orioles reliever Todd Williams for a 10th-inning RBI single, helping the Marlins rally past the Orioles 8-5 on Thursday.
Willis came within one out of his third complete game of the season, helping Florida win its ninth straight game by beating Baltimore 6-2 on Tuesday night. The victory was the 50th of his career, breaking the Marlins' franchise record previously held by A.J. Burnett.
Aguila was called up by the Marlins from Triple-A Albuquerque on Wednesday. This is his second stint with the Marlins this season.
Willis won consecutive starts for the first time this season on Wednesday, when he pitched his second complete game of the season for the Marlins in an 8-1 win over the San Francisco Giants.
Uggla went 2-for-5 with a career-high two home runs and five RBIs in an 8-1 Marlins' win over the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday. The second baseman has gone 5-for-12 (.417) in the last three games.
Willis earned his first win in eight starts for the Marlins in a 4-2 win over the Colorado Rockies on Friday. The left-hander allowed two runs and seven hits with three strikeouts in seven innings to snap his six-game losing streak.
Ramirez told the Palm Beach Post that his left shoulder popped out and back in late in Florida's 4-3, 11th-inning loss to Atanta Tuesday night. The Marlins' shortstop is not expected to play on Wednesday. Until there is more news, consider Ramirez day-to-day.
Out with a strained hip flexor, Hermida played his second consecutive game Tuesday in extended spring training, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Florida's rookie outfielder, who has been sidelined nearly six weeks, could return to the Marlins Friday for the start of the interleague series with Tampa Bay. Hermida is 4-for-17 with four runs scored in five games this season.
Ramirez's 11-game hitting streak stalled when the Marlins shortstop went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts in Florida's 11-8 loss to Atlanta Monday night. He was 22-for-45 (.489) with 12 runs and seven RBIs during the streak.
The Florida Marlins optioned left-hander Jason Vargas to Triple-A Albuquerque Monday and recalled Pinto from the same affiliate. Pinto, who went 3-1 with a 2.70 ERA in eight starts for Albuquerque, was available for bullpen duty in the opener of the four-game series against the Braves. He last pitched on Friday, taking the loss in a six-inning stint against Triple-A Portland.
The Florida Marlins optioned Vargas to Triple-A Albuquerque Monday and recalled fellow lefty Renyel Pinto to take his roster spot. Vargas appeared in nine games for the Marlins, including five starts. He went 1-1 with a 6.40 ERA, giving up 36 hits and 25 walks in 32 1-3 innings.
Jacobs was 3-for-4 with two doubles, a three-run homer and a career-high six RBIs in Florida's 11-8 loss to Atlanta Monday night. It was his first three-hit game of the season, and in his last three contests, the Marlins' first baseman is 6-for-12 with two doubles and two dingers. The surge has pushed his average to .218 for the season.
With Sergio Mitre placed on the disabled list in recent days, Nolasco has been moved into the Florida rotation and will start Wedesday against John Smoltz and the Atlanta Braves. Nolasco, a promising prospect acquired from the Cubs in last winter's Juan Pierre trade, is 2-1 with a 4.15 ERA working out of the Marlins' bullpen. He has appeared in 11 games.
Ramirez extended his hitting streak to 11 games in the Marlins' 8-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday. The shortstop is 22-for-45 (.489) with 12 runs and seven RBIs during the streak.
Mitre was placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Marlins due to a shoulder injury. The right-hander suffered the injury after throwing three pitches in the first inning of a 12-9 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday. He exited the game after feeling discomfort in the shoulder.
The Florida Marlins placed German on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with inflammation in his throwing shoulder. The right-handed reliever underwent an MRI exam, which established that the soreness was simply tendinitis, and the Marlins believe his DL stint will be a short one. German has posted a 3.00 ERA in 12 appearances, though he has walked 14 batters in 12 innings.
Willis lasted only 4 2-3 innings while giving up a career-high 12 hits -- including four doubles and a triple -- and seven runs in Florida'a 7-6 loss to St. Louis on Saturday.
In pursuit of other options for center field, the Florida Marlins claimed Borchard off waivers from the Seattle Mariners Wednesday. The former White Sox prospect, who was dealt by Chicago to Seattle on March 20, was 2-for-9 (.222) in six games with the Mariners before being designated for assignment on April 23.
To make room for Joe Borchard on the major league roster, the Florida Marlins designated Cepicky for assignment Wednesday. Cepicky hit .111 (2-for-18) with Florida after being brought up from Triple-A Albuquerque on April 17. The Marlins have 10 days to trade, release or assign Cepicky to the minor leagues.
Ross, acquired from the Dodgers by the Reds last week, has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a bruised finger. Outfielder Chris Denorfia was called up from Triple-A Louisville to replace Ross, who had struck out Friday in his only at-bat for the Reds since the trade. He was injured when the strikeout pitch hit his left hand. X-rays found no fractures.
For the first time in four major league seasons, Willis has lost a game in April after the Florida Marlins dropped a 3-1 decision to the Chicago Cubs Tuesday. Willis was outpitched by Cubs left-hander Sean Marshall, who worked seven scoreless innings at Wrigley Field. Willis allowed three runs, five hits and three walks in seven innings, striking out six. He had been 9-0 with a 2.20 ERA in 14 April starts.
The Los Angeles Dodgers traded Ross to the Cincinnati Reds Monday for a player to be named, according to MLB.com. The 25-year-old outfielder was designated for assignment on April 17, when the Dodgers needed room on their roster to add infielder Oscar Robles. Ross hit .500 (7-for-14) and enjoyed a two-homer, seven-RBI game in Pittsburgh on April 13. In eight games this season, he has nine RBIs.
Borchard was designated for assignment by Seattle on Sunday, giving the Mariners 10 days to trade, release or assign the 27-year-old center fielder to the minors. He came over in a trade from the Chicago White Sox on March 20, but was only 2-for-9 after playing just six of Seattle's first 19 games.
The Florida Marlins have placed Hermida on the 15-day disabled list with a hip injury. The move is retroactive to April 12, so the promising outfield prospect could be back before the end of the month. "It's something you don't want to become chronic," Florida manager Joe Girardi said. Hermida had missed four games before going on the DL.
The Florida Marlins have placed Martinez on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right elbow. The 20-year-old right-hander complained of a sore elbow after he pitched two innings of relief on Sunday. The Marlins' rookie is scheduled to have an MRI exam on Tuesday.
Ross hit a grand slam and a three-run homer in back-to-back trips to the plate in Thursday's 13-5 win over the Pirates. The Dodgers' right fielder was filling in for J.D. Drew, who had the day off, and drove in seven runs. It was the most RBIs by a Dodgers player since Shawn Green had seven against the Brewers on May 23, 2002.
Willingham, playing in left field Tuesday, hit a pair of solo homers in Florida's 11-2 rout of the Houston Astros. He stroked his first home run of the season off the Astros' Andy Pettitte in the first inning, then hit another against Chad Qualls in the sixth.
Harris, the all-time leader in pinch hits, was released by the Florida Marlins Wednesday. The 41-year-old utilityman has 212 career pinch hits, 62 more than Manny Mota, who is second all-time. Harris set Florida records with 19 pinch hits and 13 pinch-hit RBIs in 2005. He batted .314 with a homer and 13 RBIs in 70 at-bats for the Marlins.
The Florida Marlins released Ligtenberg Wednesday. The 34-year-old reliever made just seven appearances for Arizona in 2005, allowing 16 hits and four walks in 9.2 innings for a 13.97 ERA. He battled elbow problems early this spring, but he pitched quite well, posting a 2.53 ERA over 10.2 innings.
The Florida Marlins optioned Olsen to Triple-A Albuquerque Wednesday, but he'll return as the Marlins' fifth starter to face the Washington Nationals on April 15. Olsen posted a 2.75 ERA over five starts this spring. He was 1-1 with a 3.98 ERA in four starts and a relief appearance with Florida in 2005.
The Florida Marlins terminated Reese's contract after he disappeared for a couple of days without explanation. After the veteran second baseman failed to explain his absence over the next 72 hours, the Marlins cut him loose.
After a solid season at Double-A Tennessee in 2005, Uggla now has a chance to be Florida's everyday second baseman after the Marlins released Pokey Reese over the weekend. Uggla batted .297 with 21 homers for Tennessee, but he committed 25 errors.
Cabrera has agreed to a one-year, $472,000 contract with the Florida Marlins. In his third season with Florida in 2005, Cabrera batted .323 with 33 home runs and 116 RBIs. It was his second straight 33-homer season, and the 22-year-old star collected 112 RBIs in 2004.
Willis and the Marlins agreed on a one-year, guaranteed $4.35 million contract Monday, breaking the record for a starting pitcher in his first year of salary arbitration. The herky-jerky lefty could earn an additional $200,000 in incentive bonuses that would bring the overall package to $4.55 million. Willis, 24, went 22-10 with a 2.63 ERA last year. His deal surpasses the previous high of $3.825 million by Toronto's Roy Halladay in 2003.
Borowski agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the Marlins on Thursday. The former Cubs closer also has spent time with the Orioles, Braves, Yankees and Devil Rays in nine major league seasons. In 43 combined appearances for Chicago and Tampa Bay last season, the right-hander posted a 1-5 record and a 4.47 ERA. He also was 0-for-4 in save opportunities.
Reese agreed to a one-year deal with the Marlins on Thursday worth a reported $800,000. The infielder spent all of 2005 on the disabled list following surgery on his right shoulder. Reese hit .221 in 244 at-bats for the Red Sox in 2004.
The Chicago Cubs have traded Mitre and minor league pitchers Renyel Pinto and Ricky Nolasco to the Florida Marlins in exchange for center fielder Juan Pierre. The 24-year-old right-hander spent the majority of the 2005 campaign with the Cubs' minor league affiliate in Iowa, going 5-6 with a 4.33 ERA.
Minnesota traded Bowyer to Florida on Friday along with fellow pitcher Scott Tyler in exchange for 2B Luis Castillo. Bowyer appeared in eight games for the Twins this season after spending most of the year in Class AAA. The righthander was 0-1 with a 5.59 ERA.
Treanor underwent surgery Wednesday to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder. Florida's backup catcher, who hit .201 in 134 at-bats in 2005, is expected to be ready for spring training.
Johnson, who went 12-4 with a 3.87 ERA for Double-A Carolina, will take A.J. Burnett's turn in the Florida rotation Friday against Atlanta. The 6-foot-7, 240-pound righthander, who is just 21 years old, threw four shutout innings in relief Saturday against the Braves. He has posted a 3.86 ERA in three appearances for Florida. Johnson is a candidate for the Marlins' rotation in 2006.
Even with the Florida Marlins on the verge of being eliminated from the postseason, Cabrera didn't play in Monday's 4-0 loss to Washington. The Marlins' slugger has been benched for disciplinary reasons, which manager Jack McKeon didn't reveal before Monday's game.
Willis notched his major league-leading 22nd win of the 2005 campaign, shutting down the New York Mets in Thursday's 2-1 victory. The Marlins' lefthander, who has won seven of his last eight starts, gave up just one run on five hits. He finished the game with seven strikeouts and two walks.
The playoff hopes of the Florida Marlins have taken a hit with six losses in their last seven games. They took another hit on Wednesday, when Cabrera was forced to leave the game in the first inning after fouling a ball off his left knee. The league's third-leading hitter at .321, the Marlins' third baseman completed the at-bat by striking out, then left with a contusion to his knee.
After finishing up his first year as a minor league manager, Mordecai has been signed by the Marlins for the final weeks of the season. He made his season debut on Tuesday at second base in place of the ailing Luis Castillo. After going 0-for-2, Mordecai was lifted for pinch-hitter Lenny Harris and replaced by Castillo in the field.
After losing Kevin Youkilis to a fractured right ring finger, the Boston Red Sox have recalled Ramirez from Double-A Portland. The 21-year-old shortstop prospect batted .271 with six home runs and 52 RBI in 122 games for Portland.
The Marlins are without shortstop Alex Gonzalez (elbow) and infielder Damion Easley (ankle), both likely sidelined the rest of the regular season. Andino started at short for Florida on Saturday, though the 24-year-old batted ninth behind Marlins starter Dontrelle Willis.
Willis became the first starting pitcher in Marlins history to bat anywhere other than the No. 9 slot, when he hit eighth against the Phillies on Saturday. Entering the game with a .259 average on the season, Willis went 0-for-3.
Willis worked his seventh complete game of 2005 on Monday night, allowing just two runs to wild-card contender Houston to earn his 21st victory and push his Marlins into the wild-card lead over the Astros. The 23-year-old lefty upped his record to 21-8 with a 2.49 ERA in 30 starts. He and Chris Carpenter of the Cardinals share the major league lead in wins and complete games.
Willis became the first 20-game winner in Florida Marlins history when he held the Washington Nationals to four hits and one run over six innings en route to a 12-1 victory. He now stands at 20-8, 2.52 in 29 starts, and has allowed only eight home runs in 200.1 innings.
The former top prospect was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte by the White Sox on Tuesday. After failing to make the Chicago roster in spring training, Borchard collected 20 doubles, 29 homers and 67 RBI in 134 games for Charlotte.
The Chicago Cubs have recalled Mitre from Triple-A Iowa. The 24-year-old righthander spent half of May, June and July with the Cubs before a demotion to Iowa a month ago. He was 2-5 with a 5.66 ERA in 16 games (seven starts) with Chicago. He was hurt by the longball, allowing 10 in 55.2 innings. At Iowa, he finished 5-6 with a 4.33 ERA in 13 starts.
The Marlins activated Willingham from the 15-day disabled list on Friday. The catcher had been sidelined since early July with a stress fracture in his left forearm. Willingham is hitless in two at bats with the Marlins this season.
On Friday, the Marlins purchased Andino's contract from Double-A Carolina.
Recalled from Double-A Carolina on Wednesday, Hermida became the second player in major league history to hit a grand slam in his first big league at-bat. Drilling a 373-foot homer off St. Louis righthander Al Reyes in Florida's 10-5 loss Wednesday, the Marlins' prospect became the first player ever to hit a slam in his first at-bat as a pinch-hitter.
The San Diego Padres designated Quantrill for assignment on Wednesday. In his two months with the Padres, following a July 2 trade with the Yankees, the 36-year-old righthander was 1-1 with a 3.41 ERA. His 24-2 strikeout-walk ratio was solid, but the opposition batted .294 against him. For the season, Quantrill is 2-1 with a 5.09 ERA in 44 games for New York and San Diego.
The Florida Marlins optioned Resop to Double-A Carolina after their 7-6 win over St. Louis on Tuesday. During a stay that lasted little more than 24 hours, the 22-year-old righthander worked a scoreless inning against the Cardinals on Monday. In two stints with the Marlins, Resop has posted a 7.45 ERA and 10 strikeouts in 9.2 innings.
On Monday, the Florida Marlins placed righthander John Riedling on the 15-day disabled list and recalled Resop from Double-A Carolina. The 22-year-old reliever was 3-2 with a 2.06 ERA and 24 saves for Carolina this season. In seven games for the Marlins in 2005, Resop has posted an 8.31 ERA.
The Florida Marlins optioned Jorgensen to Triple-A Albuquerque on Saturday. During a three-week stay with the big league club, the catcher was 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in four games.
Jacobs had the first multihomer game of his major league career, going deep twice in Wednesday's blowout victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks. The catcher/first baseman, who had a two-run shot in the second inning and a solo blast in the ninth, finished the contest 4-for-5 with a double, walk, four RBI and five runs scored.
Vargas had the best outing of his young career on Sunday against the Dodgers. The southpaw gave up only one earned run and threw his first career complete game in the Marlins' 7-1 victory. He allowed six hits and walked one, while striking out seven. Vargas also helped himself out at the plate with a two-run single in the fourth inning.
Serving as a pinch-hitter in the fifth inning of Sunday's meeting with the Washington Nationals, Jacobs connected for a three-run bomb off Esteban Loaiza, becoming just the fourth player in Mets history to homer in his first major league at-bat. The 24-year-old catcher was called up from Double-A Binghamton last week to serve as insurance in Mike Piazza's absence.
Brower has been designated for assignment by the Atlanta Braves, opening a spot on the roster for Joey Devine, who made his major league debut in Saturday's meeting with the San Diego Padres. Picked up in June after being released by the San Francisco Giants, Brower made 28 relief appearances with the Braves, going 1-2 with a 3.57 ERA.
Willis tossed 109 pitches in a game that lasted less than two hours, notching his fifth shutout of the 2005 campaign in Wednesday's 6-0 victory over the San Diego Padres. The Marlins' lefthander scattered five hits, struck out three and walked one to improve to 16-8 on the season and lowering his ERA to 2.64.
With Mike Piazza expected to miss a few days with a hairline fracture in his left hand, the New York Mets have purchased Jacobs' contract from Double-A Binghamton to supply the team with some insurance behind the plate. The 24-year-old catcher will serve as a backup to Ramon Castro and likely won't see much playing time.
Mecir has been placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Florida Marlins, due to tendinitis in his pitching shoulder. The veteran righthander has made 46 relief appearances this season, going 1-3 with a 3.00 ERA. He'll be replaced in the bullpen by Randy Messenger.
Messenger had been optioned back to Triple-A Albuquerque by the Florida Marlins on Sunday, but instead, he will stay with the major league club, replacing the injured Jim Mecir in the bullpen. Mecir was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Monday with shoulder tendinitis.
Cepicky has been designated for assignment by the Washington Nationals, opening a spot on the roster for rookie Brandon Watson. In just 11 games with the Nationals this season, Cepicky went 6-for-25 (.240) with three doubles, three RBI and eight strikeouts.
Willis notched his 15th win of the 2005 campaign -- a career-high -- tossing eight shutout innings in Sunday's victory over the Cincinnati Reds. The Marlins' lefthander scattered four hits, struck out three and walked two to improve to 15-7 on the season.
On Friday, the Chicago Cubs optioned Mitre to Triple-A Iowa before taking on the New York Mets in the opener of a three-game series. The 24-year-old righthander has been called on to start and relieve for the injury-plagued Cubs staff this season. He has gone 2-3 with a 5.19 ERA in seven starts, and 0-2 with a 7.30 ERA in nine relief appearances.
The Florida Marlins recalled Messenger on Saturday, but he was headed back to Triple-A Albuquerque on Sunday, when starting catcher Paul Lo Duca injured his right hamstring running the bases in Florida's Saturday loss to Cincinnati. The Marlins needed some extra help behind the plate, so they recalled Triple-A catcher Ryan Jorgensen and returned Messenger to Albuquerque.
After starting catcher Paul Lo Duca strained his right hamstring in Saturday's loss to Cincinnati, the Florida Marlins recalled Jorgensen from Triple-A Albuquerque on Sunday. The 26-year-old catcher was batting .193 in 51 games for Albuquerque. To make room for Jorgensen, the Marlins optioned righthander Randy Messenger to the same affiliate.
The Florida Marlins recalled Messenger from Triple-A Albuquerque on Saturday. This is the third time this season that the pitcher has been recalled from the minors. He has posted a 0-0 record and 5.11 ERA in 11 games with the Marlins on the year. Messenger takes the roster spot of Carlos Delgado, who has gone on the disabled list with elbow and hand injuries.
Cabrera improved his season average to .355 and finished a triple shy of hitting for the cycle, going a perfect 4-for-4 in Thursday's victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. The Marlins' 22-year-old outfielder finished the game with a homer, double, two singles, two RBI and two runs scored.
Cepicky was called up from Triple-A New Orleans. In earlier action with the Nationals this year, Cepicky collected five hits in 18 at bats.
Olivo was traded to the San Diego Padres in return for catcher Miguel Ojeda and minor league pitcher Nate Mateo.
Willis tossed seven innings of three-hit shutout ball at the Pittsburgh Pirates Thursday night to claim his 14th victory of the season.
After making his season debut with two innings of relief work in last Friday's loss to the San Francisco Giants, Valdez will return to the Florida Marlins' starting rotation on Wednesday, getting the nod against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The veteran righthander missed more than three months with a broken bone in his right leg.
Making room for veteran reliever Antonio Alfonseca, the Florida Marlins have optioned Messenger to Triple-A Albuquerque. The 23-year-old righthander, who made his major league debut last month, appeared in 11 games during his short stint with the Marlins, posting a 5.11 ERA.
Reese reportedly experienced a setback in his rehab from May shoulder surgery just prior to the All-Star break, and it is looking increasingly likely that the shortstop will not play for the Mariners in 2005. Reese has yet to take the field this season, and is residing on the 60-day disabled list. He is under contract for 2006, but Seattle could decide to exercise its $300,000 buyout clause. In 351 combined at-bats in 2003 and 2004, Reese hit .219 with a .271 OBP.
Despite striking out three times, Cabrera went 2-for-5 with a pair of solo home runs in Tuesday's victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks, notching his third multihomer game of the 2005 campaign. The Marlins' outfielder actually has seen his batting average drop this month, hitting a still-respectable .308. He batted .345 in April, .365 in May and .324 in June.
Bump has been placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Florida Marlins, retroactive to July 17. The righthander has been battling some inflammation in his pitching shoulder, so the team decided to give him some time off. He will be replaced in the bullpen by fellow righty Travis Smith.
Valdez is expected to make his 2005 debut within the next week. The veteran righthander, who has been sidelined all season with a broken bone in his right leg, will make his final minor league rehab appearance with Triple-A Albuquerque on Monday, and he'll likely be activated by the Marlins shortly thereafter. Last season, Valdez spent time with San Diego and Florida, going 14-9 with a 5.19 ERA and one complete game in 34 appearances, including 31 starts.
Willis had his second consecutive poor start, allowing eight runs on 10 hits over 5.2 innings in Sunday's loss to the Philadelphia Phillies. The Marlins' lefthander, who also surrendered eight runs in a matchup with the Chicago Cubs just prior to the All-Star break, has seen his season ERA jump from 1.89 to 2.83 with the two rough outings.
Resop has been optioned to Double-A Carolina by the Florida Marlins. The 22-year-old righthander made his major league debut last month, but struggled during his time with the club. In seven relief appearances, he allowed eight runs on 11 hits, struck out eight and walked three.
With Wednesday's trade for Preston Wilson and Ryan Church's return from the disabled list, the Washington Nationals outrighted Cepicky to Triple-A New Orleans. The 27-year-old outfielder went 5-for-18 (.278) with three doubles and three RBI in seven games for the Nationals.
On Thursday, the Florida Marlins designated veteran Al Leiter for assignment and recalled Vargas from Double-A Carolina. The 22-year-old lefty, the Marlins' second-round pick in 2004, has made a rapid ascent to the majors. He was 1-0 with a 2.84 ERA in three starts at Double-A Carolina, following successful stints earlier in 2005 at high Class-A Jupiter and Class-A Greensboro.
Looking for some bullpen help, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays have signed Borowski, after the Chicago Cubs released him on Monday. The veteran righthander, who was designated for assignment by the Cubs late last month, has struggled this season, posting a 6.55 ERA in 11 relief appearances. He missed the first several weeks of the 2005 campaign while recovering from a broken bone in his wrist.
With Josh Beckett going on the disabled list, Messenger was recalled from the Marlins' Triple-A club in Albuquerque.
Aguila has been recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque by the Florida Marlins. The outfielder, who went 3-for-15 in 18 games with the club earlier this season, takes the roster spot of injured catcher Josh Willingham.
Willingham will be sidelined indefinitely after tests revealed that he has a stress fracture in his left forearm. The Marlins have placed the reserve catcher on the 15-day disabled list and filled his spot on the roster with outfielder Chris Aguila. Recalled on June 24, Willingham has gone hitless in just two at-bats with the major league club this year.
The Washington Nationals have recalled Cepicky from Triple-A New Orleans, filling the roster spot of first baseman Nick Johnson, who will be sidelined until after the All-Star break with a bruised heel. With the minor league club this season, the 27-year-old outfielder was batting .274 with 14 home runs and 58 RBI.
Willis bounced back from his worst outing of the 2005 campaign, shutting down the New York Mets in Sunday's 3-0 victory. The Marlins' lefthander, who gave up five runs on 11 hits in a loss to the Atlanta Braves last week, held the Mets to just three hits over nine shutout innings, striking out seven and walking one. Willis now has five complete games this season, including four shutouts.
The Yankees have reportedly traded Quantrill to the San Diego Padres for Tim Redding and Darrell May. The Yankees will also receive cash in the deal. Quantrill had been designated for assignment by the Yankees on Thursday. The veteran reliever had gone 1-0 with a 6.75 ERA in 22 appearances this season.
The New York Yankees traded Quantrill to the San Diego Padres for Tim Redding and Darrell May on Saturday. The Yankees also received cash in the deal. Quantrill had been designated for assignment by the Yankees on Thursday. The veteran reliever was 1-0 with a 6.75 ERA in 22 appearances for New York this season.
As expected, Olsen, not Al Leiter, will be the starting pitcher for the Marlins' game Monday against the Milwaukee Brewers. Olsen won his first career start on June 25, allowing just one earned run in 5.2 innings against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, just one day after having his contract purchased from Double-A Carolina.
Quantrill and fellow reliever Mike Stanton have been designated for assignment, as the New York Yankees initiated a roster shakeup on Thursday. Both relievers were extremely effective in recent seasons, but have fallen on hard times in 2005. Quantrill, whose slide began during the second half of 2004, is 1-0 with a 6.75 ERA in 22 games this season.
Opening a roster spot for starter Kerry Wood, the Chicago Cubs have designated Borowski for assignment. The 34-year-old reliever has struggled since returning to action after missing nearly two months of the season with a hairline non-displaced fracture in his right ulna. In 11 appearances, he posted a 6.55 ERA and allowed five home runs in 11 innings of work.
After almost a full month at Triple-A Tacoma, the Seattle Mariners recalled Olivo on Tuesday. The veteran catcher batted just .238 at Tacoma, where he was looking to find his stroke, but he drove in 21 runs in 24 games. At the time of his May 30 demotion, Olivo had lost Seattle's starting catcher job and was batting .145 with two home runs and 14 RBI in 37 games.
The Atlanta Braves failed to do any damage against Willis in a matchup last week, but they got the best of the Marlins lefthander in Tuesday's 9-1 victory. In seven innings of work, Willis allowed five runs on a season-high five hits, including a home run by Marcus Giles. He struck out three and walked one.
Herges cleared waivers late last week and accepted a Triple-A assignment to Tucson. He'll remain in the Arizona system after allowing 12 earned runs over eight innings with the Diamondbacks following a June 3 trade from San Francisco. The 35-year-old righthander didn't fare much better with the Giants this season, going 1-1 with a 4.71 ERA in 21 relief appearances.
With J.D. Drew ailing and the Dodgers having a designated hitter in the lineup against the Angels this weekend, Los Angeles recalled Ross from Triple-A Las Vegas on Friday. The 24-year-old outfielder was batting .273 with 13 homers and 35 RBI at Las Vegas. He said he had been hitting extremely well there over the last month, after correcting a tendency to lunge at pitches. The Dodgers optioned righthander Derek Thompson to Las Vegas to make room for Ross.
Willis notched his third shutout of the season and fifth of his major league career, going the distance in Thursday's 8-0 victory over the Atlanta Braves. The Marlins' lefthander, who became the National League's first 12-game winner of 2005, allowed just five hits, struck out seven and walked one. For the year, he is 12-2 with 1.76 ERA and 1.10 WHIP in 15 starts.
Cabrera extended his hitting streak to seven games, going 4-for-5 with three runs scored in Thursday's 8-0 victory over the Atlanta Braves. The Marlins' outfielder belted a pair of home runs and finished the contest with a career-high six RBI. He now has four multihomer games in his major league career.
Willingham has been recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque by the Florida Marlins, replacing struggling infielder Joe Dillon. The catcher will serve as a backup behind the plate, but could get a start or two at designated hitter in the Marlins' weekend interleague series against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
Dillon has been optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque by the Florida Marlins after batting just .158 with a solo home run in 17 games with the club. The 29-year-old infielder will be replaced on the roster by catcher Josh Willingham.
The Florida Marlins have purchased Olsen's contract from Double-A Carolina to fill the fifth spot in the starting rotation until Josh Beckett is able to return from injury. The 21-year-old lefthander will be making his major league debut when he takes the mound against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on Saturday. Reliever Travis Smith was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque to open a spot on the roster.
Messenger has been recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque by the Florida Marlins, replacing the struggling Chad Bentz in the bullpen. The righthander, who will be making his major league debut, is 4-1 with a 3.46 ERA in 32 relief appearances with the minor league club this season.
The Arizona Diamondbacks designated Herges for assignment on Saturday. This is the second time this year that the veteran reliever has been designated for assignment. He was traded from San Francisco to Arizona earlier this month, just days after the Giants had designated him. The reliever appeared in seven games with Arizona, posting a 13.50 ERA.
The Marlins recalled Bump from Triple-A Albuquerque over the weekend. He will take the roster spot vacated by Josh Beckett, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list because of blisters on his throwing hand.
Brower will join the Atlanta bullpen in Cincinnati Thursday night. The 32-year-old righthander signed with the Braves on Wednesday after being released by San Francisco early in the week. He will take the roster spot vacated by Tim Hudson, who went on the disabled list with an oblique injury on Thursday.
Brower, released by the San Francisco Giants on Monday, agreed to terms with the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday for the rest of the season. The Braves will need some Leo Mazzone magic with Brower, who was 2-1 with a save for the Giants, but posted a 6.53 ERA and allowed 40 hits and 15 walks in 30.1 innings.
Willis worked seven innings of one-run ball at Wrigley Field on Monday night, becoming the majors' first 11-game winner with his first victory over the Chicago Cubs, the organization that drafted him. The Florida lefthander allowed seven hits without a walk and fanned five, en route to a 9-1 Marlins victory.
The San Francisco Giants released Brower after Sunday's loss to Cleveland. The news comes after Brower posted a 7.36 ERA in 15 May appearances, and he had a 7.36 mark in his first four outings this month. For the season, the 32-year-old righthander is 2-1 with a save and a 6.53 ERA over 30.1 innings.
Willis became the majors' first 10-game winner on Wednesday, working 6.2 innings of Florida's 5-4 victory over Seattle. The Marlins' lefthander pushed his record to 10-2 with a 2.13 ERA in 12 starts, aided by Carlos Delgado's five RBI. The first baseman delivered a run-scoring double, a three-run homer and a bases-loaded walk that proved to be the difference in the game.
Mitre pitched a gem in Wednesday's meeting with the Toronto Blue Jays and picked up his first victory of the 2005 campaign. The Cubs' 24-year-old righthander allowed just two hits over seven shutout innings before giving way to reliever Michael Wuertz in the eighth. He struck out six, walked one and added an RBI double at the plate.
The Florida Marlins have optioned Bump to Triple-A Albuquerque, opening a spot on the roster for Chad Bentz, who was recalled from the minor league club on Tuesday. In 21 relief appearances with the Marlins this season, Bump is 0-3 with a 3.51 ERA.
The San Francisco Giants have traded Herges to the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for minor league outfielder Doug DeVore. The veteran reliever, who was designated for assignment last weekend, is expected to join the Diamondbacks in time for Saturday's game against the Philadelphia Phillies. A corresponding move will be made at that time to make room on the roster.
After losing two of his previous three starts, Willis got back to his winning ways, pitching nine strong innings in Thursday's victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Marlins' lefthander, who allowed three runs on nine hits, became the major league's first nine-game winner of the 2005 campaign. He struck out three and walked two.
On Tuesday, Quantrill was suspended for three games for throwing at Detroit's Jason Smith last week. His manager, Joe Torre, was suspended for a single game for the incident, in which the Yankees' righthander threw behind Smith before plunking him on the back on May 24. Quantrill was tossed because warnings already had been given to both managers, and he gestured for Tigers players to come out and fight when they left the dugout after Smith had been hit.
After being demoted to Triple-A Las Vegas over the weekend, Carlyle has been designated for assignment by the Los Angeles Dodgers. In two stints with the major league club this season, the righthander has posted an 8.36 ERA over 10 relief appearances.
After filling in for the ailing A.J. Burnett by making a spot start against the New York Mets on Thursday, Castillo has been designated for assignment by the Florida Marlins. The veteran righthander, who was making his first start in nearly three years, allowed five runs on four hits in 4.1 innings of work. Travis Smith has been recalled to fill the void on the roster.
On Monday, the Seattle Mariners optioned Olivo to Triple-A Tacoma and called up catcher Rene Rivera from Double-A San Antonio. Olivo will try to get his bat going with Tacoma, after batting .145 with no hitting percentage anywhere near .300 in 115 plate appearances this spring.
In order to make room for the recently acquired LaTroy Hawkins, the Giants designated Herges for assignment.
Carlyle was shipped back to Triple-A Las Vegas, after making one appearance since he call-up four days ago. He leaves the Dodgers with an 8.36 ERA in 10 appearances this year.
The Florida Marlins have purchased Castillo's contract from Triple-A Albuquerque and will send the veteran righthander to the mound against the New York Mets on Thursday. Castillo, who was 5-2 with a 3.79 ERA with the minor league club this season, is making a spot start for the ailing A.J. Burnett. Outfielder Chris Aguila was optioned to Albuquerque to create room on the roster.
The Florida Marlins have optioned Aguila back to Triple-A Albuquerque, making room on the roster for Thursday's spot starter Frank Castillo. The outfielder has seen limited action during his time with the major league club this season, going 3-for-16 (.188) with six strikeouts in 18 games.
After allowing seven runs on 11 hits over 5.2 innings in his three appearances with the Marlins this season, Kensing has been optioned to Double-A Carolina. The 22-year-old righthander will be replaced on the roster by Yorman Bazardo.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have recalled Carlyle from Triple-A Las Vegas, filling the roster spot of starter Odalis Perez, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday. Carlyle began the 2005 campaign in the Dodgers' bullpen, but was demoted after posting an 8.18 ERA in nine relief appearances.
To fill the fifth spot in the starting rotation, Mitre has been recalled from Triple-A Iowa by the Chicago Cubs. The righthander gets a tough first assignment in his 2005 debut, as he will take the mound against future Hall of Famer Roger Clemens and the Houston Astros Tuesday night at Wrigley Field. In eight starts with the minor league club this season, Mitre was 3-4 with a 4.60 ERA.
On Friday, the Chicago Cubs activated Borowski from the 15-day disabled list. The 34-year-old righthander, who was a success as the Cubs' closer in 2003 before shoulder woes limited him to 21.1 innings in 2004, missed the first seven weeks of the season with a hairline non-displaced fracture in his right ulna. He rejoins a Cubs pen that is in need of late-inning help.
Kensing has been recalled from Double-A Carolina by the Florida Marlins, replacing the struggling Travis Smith in the bullpen. The righthander has served as a starter with the minor league club this season, going 4-1 with a 3.18 ERA. He's fanned 33 batters and walked 14 in 39.2 innings of work.
Willis dropped his first game of the season, allowing four runs -- three earned -- on seven hits over six innings of work in Tuesday's loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Marlins' 23-year-old lefthander had surrendered just six earned runs in his previous 50 innings combined going into Tuesday's contest.
Dillon has been recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque by the Florida Marlins. The infielder, who will be making his major league debut, fills the roster spot of struggling reliever Jim Crowell.
In Seattle, Olivo had seen Wiki Gonzalez take over most of the starts behind the plate over the last week, but Olivo became the uncontested No. 1 catcher again when Gonzalez went on the disabled list Sunday. Gonzalez is out with a left hamstring injury, and the Mariners recalled catcher Rene Rivera to take his roster spot.
Olivo went 3-for-4 with a double, homer and two RBI in Sunday's 5-4 win over Boston. His productive Sunday ended an 0-for-27 skid.
With third baseman Scott Rolen landing on the 15-day disabled list with a left shoulder injury, the St. Louis Cardinals have recalled Seabol from Triple-A Memphis to fill the void on the roster. The infielder was batting .325 with eight home runs and 24 RBI with the minor league club this season.
Seabol can play both corner-infield spots, but expect him to get the majority of his time at third, serving as a backup to John Mabry. He has appeared in just one major league game in his career, that coming as a member of the New York Yankees in 2001.
Willis continued his strong start to the 2005 season, silencing the Houston Astros' bats in Wednesday's 2-1 victory. The Marlins' lefthander tossed 110 pitches over eight innings, allowing just one run on six hits, striking out five and walking two. With the performance, he improved to a major league-best 7-0.
Opposing batters are hitting just .193 against Willis this season. In seven starts (50 innings), he has struck out 40, walked 10 and posted three complete games, including two shutouts.
Mitre has been recalled from Triple-A Iowa by the Chicago Cubs, filling the roster spot of the demoted Jon Leicester. The Cubs don't need a fifth starter for another two weeks, so Mitre likely will pitch in long relief over that span. Whether he will step into the rotation after that time is yet to be determined. Mitre is 2-3 with a 5.34 ERA in six starts with the minor league club this season, striking out 27 and walking 12 in 32 innings of work.
Over the past two seasons, Mitre has appeared in 15 games with Chicago, including 11 starts. In those contests, he's posted a 2-5 record and 6.86 ERA.
Wiki Gonzalez started behind the plate for the Seattle Mariners and went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles on Sunday, in his first major league action in nearly two years. After the game, Seattle skipper Mike Hargrove suggested that Gonzalez may steal some starts from Olivo, who has been struggling all season.
Gonzalez wouldn't seem to be a long-term threat to Olivo's job security, but the Mariners are looking for some punch for their lineup. For the season, Olivo doesn't have a hitting percentage above the Mendoza line (.139/.182/.181), and he's currently in an 0-for-19 funk. His hitless streak includes eight strikeouts.
On Thursday, Reese underwent surgery on his sore right shoulder. The Mariners' shortstop, who has yet to play in the majors this season, will begin his rehabilitation work in Seattle.
There's no word yet whether Reese has any chance of returning before the 2005 campaign ends. He's on the 60-day disabled list.
Looking for someone who could go a little longer in relief, the Arizona Diamondbacks have purchased Ligtenberg's contract from Triple-A Tucson. The veteran righthander, who takes the roster spot of lefty Randy Choate, appeared in 57 games with the Toronto Blue Jays last season, going 1-6 with a 6.38 ERA and three saves.
Ligtenberg was released by the Blue Jays in spring training before signing a minor league deal with the Diamondbacks last month. He was 2-1 with a 2.38 ERA in seven appearances with Tucson prior to his callup.
Borowski has begun a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Iowa, and if all goes well over the next several days, he could be activated from the 15-day disabled list as early as next week. The Cubs' righthander, who has been sidelined since suffering a hairline non-displaced fracture in his right ulna when he was hit by a comebacker during the last week of spring training, needed just 11 pitches to get through a one-inning relief appearance with Iowa on Wednesday.
Borowski struck out two batters in Wednesday's contest. He is scheduled to throw again on Thursday before being re-evaluated. Although he likely won't close games right away, Borowski should step into the role once he proves he is 100 percent. He was limited to 22 appearances by a shoulder injury last season, going 2-4 with an 8.02 ERA and nine saves.
A day after being demoted to Triple-A Las Vegas, Carlyle has been designated for assignment by the Los Angeles Dodgers. The move opens a spot on the 40-man roster for utilityman Mike Edwards, whose contract was purchased from the minor league club on Wednesday. In nine appearances this season, the righthander has posted an 8.18 ERA, striking out 10 and walking three in 11 innings of work. He has allowed three home runs over that span.
The Dodgers will have 10 days to trade Carlyle, release him or send him outright to the minor leagues.
Amezaga has been designated for assignment by the Pittsburgh Pirates, opening a spot on the active roster for second baseman Jose Castillo. In three games during his short stint with Pittsburgh, Amezaga went 0-for-3 with a walk, stolen base and run scored. He was claimed off waivers from the Colorado Rockies last month.
The Pirates will have 10 days to release, trade or outright Amezaga to the minor leagues. He spent a good portion of last season with the Angels, batting .161 with two home runs, 11 RBI and three stolen bases in 73 contests. Both of his home runs were grand slams.
Reese, who has been told by Seattle's team orthopedist that he needs shoulder surgery, is in Alabama pursuing a second opinion before deciding to go under the knife. He was to be examined on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, the Mariners moved the middle infielder from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list to make room on the roster for pinch-hitter Dave Hansen, who was recalled on Wednesday.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have optioned Carlyle to Triple-A Las Vegas, opening a spot on the roster for veteran lefthander Wilson Alvarez. In nine appearances this season, the righthander has posted an 8.18 ERA, striking out 10 and walking three in 11 innings of work. He has allowed three home runs over that span.
According to manager Jim Tracy, Carlyle will step into the starting rotation with Las Vegas, despite pitching in relief for the Dodgers.
Cabrera has been on a tear since Marlins manager Jack McKeon shifted him from third to fourth in the batting order a couple of weeks ago. Now hitting behind slugger Carlos Delgado, the outfielder is 21-for-50 (.420) with eight doubles, two home runs, 13 RBI and 12 runs scored over his last 12 starts. The Marlins have posted a 10-2 record in those games.
Prior to the change, Cabrera was batting .262. In 24 contests overall this season, he is hitting .355 with five homers and 22 RBI.
Marlins pitcher Dontrelle Willis has been named the National League's pitcher of the month for the month of April. Willis posted a 5-0 record, a 1.29 ERA, while striking out 25 batters in 35 innings. This is the second time in Willis' career that has won a player of the month award.
Moehler, who has stepped into a starting role for the Marlins in the absence of injured veteran Ismael Valdez, will have his spot in the rotation skipped this weekend, due to a couple days of rainouts and an upcoming off-day. According to manager Jack McKeon, A.J. Burnett will take the mound on Friday, Dontrelle Willis is slated for Saturday and Josh Beckett will handle Sunday's duties.
The Marlins are off on Monday, and Al Leiter will kick off a series against the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday. Moehler has been solid for the Marlins this season, going 1-1 with a 1.83 ERA in five appearances, including three starts.
Reese was told by team orthopedist Dr. Larry Pedegana that surgery is required to repair his ailing shoulder. That wasn't surprising news, considering the Mariners' shortstop had rested the shoulder for a lengthy stretch this spring and immediately experienced significant shoulder pain again when he resumed baseball activities. He will seek a second opinion before agreeing to go under the knife.
Seattle manager Mike Hargove suggested that Reese's surgery may not be season-ending. The specifics of his treatment and the length of his rehabilitation should be made known after Reese sees another orthopedist.
Armando Benitez' hamstring injury is more serious than originally thought, and the veteran closer is expected to be sidelined about four months. According to Giants' manager Felipe Alou, the team likely will turn to Herges and Jeff Fassero in most save situations during Benitez' absence. In nine relief appearances this season, Herges is 1-0 with a 3.86 ERA.
With Robb Nen sidelined last season, Herges was called upon to close games for San Francisco. He held the role most of the year, going 4-5 with a 5.23 ERA and 23 saves.
Borowski tossed about 35 pain-free pitches off the mound as part of a simulated game prior to Wednesday's matchup with the Cincinnati Reds. The Cubs' righthander, who has been sidelined since suffering a hairline non-displaced fracture in his right ulna when he was hit by a comebacker during the last week of spring training, continues to be ahead of schedule in his recovery and should go on a minor league rehab assignment in the near future.
Borowski still needs some time to get the strength back in his arm, but barring any setbacks, he should return to the Cubs' bullpen within the next couple of weeks. Although he likely won't close games right away, Borowski should step into the role once he proves he is 100 percent. He was limited to 22 appearances by a shoulder injury last season, going 2-4 with an 8.02 ERA and nine saves.
Reese, sidelined since spring training with pain behind his right shoulder, has been shut down. The Mariners' shortstop had begun a minor league rehab assignment recently, but the persistent pain quickly returned and worsened in game situations. He has been sent to Seattle to have his shoulder examined.
This doesn't sound good. Lots of rest didn't work, with the discomfort worsening as soon as Reese started playing. Don't look for Reese in Seattle anytime soon, and it's possible that surgery is in his future.
Armando Benitez will miss at least the next two weeks after being placed on the disabled list on Wednesday. As a result, Herges is expected to step in and serve as the Giants' primary closer in Benitez absence. Jim Brower and Jeff Fassero also could get the call in certain situations. In nine relief appearances this season, Herges is 1-0 with a 3.86 ERA.
With Robb Nen sidelined last season, Herges was called upon to close games for San Francisco. He held the role most of the year, going 4-5 with a 5.23 ERA and 23 saves.
Barring any setbacks, Valdez hopes to resume jogging next week and start throwing again shortly thereafter. Despite the progress, the Marlins' righthander, who has been sidelined all season with a hairline fracture in his right fibula, is not expected to return to the mound for Florida until at least mid-May.
Brian Moehler will remain in the rotation at least until Valdez is back in action. Last season, Valdez spent time with San Diego and Florida, going 14-9 with a 5.19 ERA and one complete game in 34 appearances, including 31 starts.
Borowski has been throwing fastballs off the mound the past couple of days, and barring any setbacks, he should be cleared to try some breaking pitches as early as this weekend. The Cubs' righthander has been sidelined since suffering a hairline non-displaced fracture in his right ulna when he was hit by a comebacker during the last week of spring training, but is ahead of schedule in his recovery. He could be ready for major league action in 2-3 weeks.
Borowski will throw a couple of simulated games before going on a minor league rehab assignment. The dates for those events are yet to be determined. Also to be decided is whether Borowski will reclaim the closer role, or if the Cubs will stick with LaTroy Hawkins. Borowski was limited to 22 appearances by a shoulder injury last season, going 2-4 with an 8.02 ERA and nine saves.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have claimed Amezaga off waivers from the Colorado Rockies. The infielder, who was designated for assignment last week after going 1-for-3 with a run scored in his first two games of the 2005 campaign, is scheduled to join the new club in time for Thursday's matchup with the Cincinnati Reds.
The Pirates will have to make a corresponding move to open a spot on the roster for Amezaga. He spent a good portion of last season with the Angels, batting .161 with two home runs, 11 RBI and three stolen bases in 73 contests. Both of his home runs were grand slams.
No longer experiencing discomfort in his throwing shoulder, Reese will begin a minor league rehab assignment on Tuesday. The Mariners plan to send their shortstop to high Class-A Inland Empire for three games, followed by a five-game stint with Double-A San Antonio. If all goes well through those eight contests, Reese will head to Seattle.
Although the timetable could change after Valdez is examined Monday by team doctors, the pitcher reportedly will now miss another two to four weeks because of the hairline fracture in his right leg.
Reese still has discomfort in his strained right shoulder, which has limited the amount of throwing he's been able to do over the past couple of weeks. If the Mariners' infielder shows improvement over the next few days, he could be sent on a minor league rehab assignment some time next week. A definite timetable for his return has not been set.
Expect Reese to be sidelined for at least another couple of weeks. In 14 exhibition games this spring, he batted just .129 with two RBI and one stolen base. He's also committed three errors. Until Reese is back, Wilson Valdez is expected to start at shortstop for Seattle, with Willie Bloomquist likely to get a couple of chances as well.
Tests have revealed that Valdez has a hairline fracture in his right shin, and the Florida Marlins have decided to place him on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 4. Brian Moehler is expected to remain in the starting rotation until Valdez is able to return to action.
The Marlins said they would fill the open roster spot on Friday. Despite being limited by a virus early in spring training, Valdez was able to claim the fifth spot in the Marlins' rotation for 2005. Last season, he spent time with San Diego and Florida, going 14-9 with a 5.19 ERA and one complete game in 34 appearances, including 31 starts.
Opening a spot on the roster for veteran Desi Relaford, the Colorado Rockies have designated Amezaga for assignment. The infielder, who played shortstop, second base and third base last season, appeared in 73 games with the Angels in 2004, batting just .161 with two home runs, 11 RBI and three stolen bases.
The Rockies will have 10 days to trade, release or send Amezaga outright to the minor leagues. He has recorded just three at-bats so far this season, notching one single and a run scored.
Willis' smoother delivery is definitely working this season. The Marlins' lefthander notched his second consecutive complete game shutout, allowing just three hits in Wednesday's 4-0 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies. In his first start of 2005, Willis went the distance and scattered five hits in a 9-0 win over the Washington Nationals. In two games, he has 10 strikeouts and two walks.
Obviously, Willis will give up a run at some point, but his solid start is very promising. Last year, he was 10-11 with a 4.02 ERA in 32 starts.
Valdez, who was struck on the shin by a batted ball in a minor league game a week ago, is now available to work out of the Florida bullpen. He was scratched from his scheduled start against Washington last Saturday.
The 31-year-old's stint in the bullpen will be brief. He is expected to return to the Marlins' rotation next Tuesday, April 19, in Washington.
For the first time since going on the disabled list almost a week ago, Reese played catch Monday. The Seattle shortstop has been taking batting practice and fielding groundballs, but hadn't tested his strained right shoulder before Monday. Reese is expected to go on a minor league rehab assignment within a few days.
Following Monday's loss to the Philadelphia Phillies, Cabrera was receiving some treatment on his left ankle after fouling a ball of his leg in the first inning. The Marlins' outfielder, who turns just 22 next Monday, said the injury is minor, and he does not expect to miss any time.
Through seven games, Cabrera is 8-for-30 with two home runs and five RBI. Last season -- his first full major league campaign -- he hit .294 with 33 homers, 112 RBI and five stolen bases in 160 contests.
Although his bruised right shin has shown improvement over the past couple of days, Valdez has been scratched from his scheduled start on Saturday. The Marlins' righthander, who suffered the injury in a minor league outing earlier this week, will be replaced in the rotation temporarily by Brian Moehler. Valdez should be ready to take the mound on April 19 -- the next time the Marlins need a fifth starter.
Despite being limited by a virus early in spring training, Valdez was able to claim the fifth spot in the Marlins' rotation for 2005. Last season, he spent time with San Diego and Florida, going 14-9 with a 5.19 ERA and one complete game in 34 appearances, including 31 starts.
Moehler will make a spot start for the Florida Marlins in Saturday's game against the Washington Nationals, filling in for Ismael Valdez, who has been scratched because of a bruised right leg. The righthander, who has not made a major league start since 2003, allowed just one hit and struck out a batter over two innings of work in his season debut earlier this week.
Valdez is expected to miss just one start, so Moehler will return to a long-relief role next week.
After undergoing an MRI, Reese has been diagnosed with a strained right shoulder, an injury that currently has him on the 15-day disabled list. However, no structural damage was found, and the veteran shortstop does not expect to be sidelined for an extended period. Despite the good news, the Mariners have yet to set a firm timetable for Reese's return.
In 14 exhibition games this spring, Reese batted just .129 with two RBI and one stolen base. He's also committed three errors. Until he is back, Wilson Valdez is expected to start at shortstop for Seattle, with Willie Bloomquist likely to get a couple of chances as well.
Still not fully recovered from a nagging right shoulder injury, Reese has been placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Seattle Mariners. The veteran infielder is slated to serve as the club's everyday shortstop, once healthy. He should be activated within the next couple of weeks.
In 14 exhibition games this spring, Reese batted just .129 with two RBI and one stolen base. He's also committed three errors. Until he is back, Wilson Valdez is expected to start at shortstop for Seattle, with Willie Bloomquist likely to get a couple of chances as well.