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Baseball Briefs

June 28, 2001

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Red Sox put Martinez on disabled list

Boston The bad news for the Boston Red Sox was having to put ace Pedro Martinez on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday. The silver lining was resolving the situation with reliever Bryce Florie for now.

Martinez, who hasn't won since May 30 and gave up four runs in less than five innings in Boston's 7-6 victory over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on Tuesday, will be out at least through the All-Star break.

The team said the three-time Cy Young winner was being evaluated for right shoulder soreness and inflammation Wednesday at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester.

The Red Sox filled Martinez's roster spot with Florie, who is returning to the majors for the first time since being hit in the eye last Sept. 8 by a line drive off the bat of the New York Yankees' Ryan Thompson.

Justice expects to be ready by Sunday

Tampa, Fla. David Justice ran the bases for the first time Wednesday and expects to be ready to rejoin the New York Yankees this weekend.

The outfielder is on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left groin. He is eligible to be activated Saturday.

"By Sunday, I should be ready to roll," Justice said after working out at the Yankees' player development center. "I feel good. My groin is coming along well."

Justice was injured scoring from first base on Jorge Posada's triple June 14 against Montreal. He is also taking batting practice and doing fielding drills in the outfield.

Reed leaves game

Chicago New York Mets pitcher Rick Reed left Wednesday's game against the Chicago Cubs in the third inning with lower back spasms. He's listed day-to-day. Reed lasted only 22/3 innings, his shortest outing of the season after working at least six in all 15 of his previous starts. He allowed four runs and seven hits, including two homers to Sammy Sosa.

Marlins release Miceli

Miami Florida placed Dan Miceli on unconditional release waivers on Wednesday. If the right-hander is not claimed by 2 p.m. EDT Monday, he could sign with any team. He could be claimed, in which case a team would have to pay the remainder of his salary this season, about $1 million. If Miceli signed after clearing waivers, the new team would owe him only about $100,000, with the Marlins paying the rest.

Brewers, top pick agree

Milwaukee The Milwaukee Brewers agreed to terms with pitcher Mike Jones, their first-round draft choice, on Wednesday. Jones, 18, was the 12th choice in the draft earlier this month.

Meares put on DL

Pittsburgh The Pittsburgh Pirates placed infielder Pat Meares on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with a sprained left ankle, and recalled infielder Luis Figueroa from Triple-A Nashville. Meares initially injured the ankle June 20 against Philadelphia, then aggravated it while going 0-for-6 Tuesday in the Pirates' 7-6, 12-inning victory over Milwaukee.

Rays sign Gomez

St. Petersburg, Fla. Shortstop Chris Gomez signed a minor league contract with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on Wednesday.

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