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Archive for Saturday, March 31, 2001

Detroit catcher out for season

Meluskey to undergo surgery to repair looseness in throwing shoulder

March 31, 2001

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— Detroit catcher Mitch Meluskey, brought in to provide more offense from the position, will miss the season with a shoulder injury.

Meluskey will undergo surgery to repair looseness in his throwing shoulder, general manager Randy Smith said Thursday.

The Tigers acquired Meluskey in December in a six-player trade with Houston, giving up catcher Brad Ausmus. Meluskey's absence leaves the Tigers without a catcher with significant big-league experience. Highly regarded prospect Brandon Inge might be pressed into a starting role.

The Tigers will also miss Meluskey's bat. He hit .300 in 117 games with the Astros last year. Inge hit just .221 at Toledo last year after being called up from Double-A Jacksonville midway through the season. He has no major league experience.

Yanks most valuable team

New York The Yankees are baseball's most valuable team, with as estimated value of $635 million, according to Forbes magazine. The Yankees had estimated revenue of $192 million last year. Kansas City was 27th at $138 million.

Orioles put Mills on list

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The Orioles placed right-hander Alan Mills on the 15-day disabled list Friday because of a sore right shoulder.

Phillies option relievers

Clearwater, Fla. The Philadelphia Phillies optioned relievers Ed Vosberg and Clint Sodowsky to Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre on Friday, and released first baseman Brian R. Hunter.

Bucs demote Morris

Bradenton, Fla. Warren Morris, the Pittsburgh Pirates' starting second baseman for the past two seasons, was sent to the minors Friday.

Marlins deal Aybar to Cubs

Mesa, Ariz. The Florida Marlins traded reliever Manny Aybar to the Chicago Cubs on Friday for minor league pitcher Oswaldo Mairena. Aybar, 26, pitched for the Marlins, Colorado and Cincinnati last season, going 2-2 with a 4.31 ERA in 54 games.

Two appeal penalties

New York Cubs pitcher Julian Tavarez and San Francisco third baseman Russ Davis, suspended this week for their fight at spring training, appealed the penalties Friday and will be eligible to play on opening day.

Warrant issued

for Strawberry

Tampa, Fla. An arrest warrant for Darryl Strawberry was issued Friday after the troubled former slugger left the drug treatment center where he had been serving two years' house arrest.

Strawberry, 39, disappeared after leaving a drug treatment session on Thursday night and has not been seen since, said Joe Papy, head of the Florida Department of Corrections regional office.

Papy said Hillsborough County Sheriff's deputies and a fugitive apprehension team have been looking for Strawberry, but have not been able to locate him.

He's "a fugitive and he's wanted," Papy said. The Hillsborough County State Attorney's Office sought the warrant Friday. Strawberry has been out of jail since November.

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