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Archive for Tuesday, July 24, 2001

Baseball Briefs

July 24, 2001

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Royals activate Zaun, option Austin to Omaha

Kansas City, Mo. Catcher Gregg Zaun, on the disabled list since the start of the season with a torn calf muscle, was activated Monday by the Kansas City Royals.

Right-hander Jeff Austin was optioned to Triple-A Omaha to clear a spot on the active roster. Because Zaun had been on the 60-day disabled list, Kansas City also had to clear a spot on the 40-man roster and designated right-hander Brian Meadows for assignment.

Zaun, in the starting lineup as designated hitter Monday night, hit .274 with seven homers and 33 RBIs last season in 83 games. He had been on a rehabilitation assignment.

"He took a foul ball of the knee yesterday afternoon and had to come back to the bench to a chorus of '20 more days, 20 more days,"' Royals manager Tony Muser said.

Austin was 0-0 with a 4.97 ERA in 10 games for Kansas City. He returns to Omaha, where he was converted to a reliever earlier in the season.

Meadows was 3-4 with a 9.63 ERA in 10 starts for Omaha.

Indians' shelve Shuey

Cleveland Paul Shuey feared there was something seriously wrong with his elbow, and he was right.

Shuey, the Cleveland Indians' top setup man, was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained elbow ligament Monday and will be out for at least six weeks.

"There's a chance he might be done for the year," Indians manager Charlie Manuel said. "That's a big hit for us."

Ellis, Womack on DL

Phoenix The Arizona Diamondbacks placed right-hander Robert Ellis and shortstop Tony Womack on the 15-day disabled list Monday and recalled left-hander Nick Bierbrodt and infielder Alex Cintron from Triple-A Tucson.

Right-hander Mike Morgan also was activated from the disabled list by Arizona, which designated right-hander Mike Mohler for assignment.

Mets, Phils make trade

Philadelphia The Philadelphia Phillies, uncomfortable using rookie catcher Johnny Estrada every day in a pennant race, acquired Todd Pratt from the New York Mets on Monday for backup catcher Gary Bennett.

Pratt is hitting .162 this season with two homers and four RBIs in 80 at-bats. His best moment with the Mets came two years ago, when he hit a series-winning homer against Arizona in the first round of the NL playoffs.

Helyn Doby dies at 76

Montclair, N.J. Helyn Curvy Doby, the wife of Hall of Fame baseball player Larry Doby, died last week. She was 76.

Services were held at Trinity United Presbyterian Church on Monday. She died at home Thursday.

Larry Doby became the first black to play in the American League on July 5, 1947, when he struck out as a pinch-hitter in the Cleveland Indians' 6-5 loss to the Chicago White Sox. He would play 13 years in the major leagues, and was selected as an All-Star seven times.

Expos recall Seguignol

Philadelphia The Montreal Expos recalled outfielder Fernando Seguignol from Triple-A Ottawa on Monday and placed outfielder Rob Ducey on the 60-day disabled list. Ducey tore his right Achilles' tendon in Sunday's game against Atlanta.

Padres sign McElroy

Phoenix Left-hander Chuck McElroy agreed to a contract with the Padres on Monday, and San Diego optioned right-hander Brian Tollberg to Triple-A Portland. McElroy, 33, is 37-29 with a 3.84 ERA in 623 games, all but seven in relief.

Pirates demote Loiselle

Pittsburgh The Pittsburgh Pirates sent reliever Rich Loiselle to the minors and activated second baseman Pat Meares from the disabled list. Loiselle has allowed 18 hits, nine walks and 16 earned runs in 11 appearances.

Orioles shelve Segui

Baltimore The Baltimore Orioles put first baseman David Segui on the 15-day disabled list Monday after waiting a week for him to recover from a sprained knee ligament.

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