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MLB briefs

July 24, 2004

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Ordonez back on DL, rest of season in doubt

Chicago -- White Sox standout Magglio Ordonez went back on the disabled list Friday because of an injured left knee and could spend up to eight weeks on crutches, putting in doubt his status for the rest of the season.

Ordonez has a fluid problem in his knee, stemming from a collision the All-Star right fielder had with second baseman Willie Harris on May 19 in Cleveland.

Ordonez will spend from four to eight weeks on crutches, and will only be able to exercise through a swimming regimen.

Thome out of lineup because of tendinitis

Philadelphia -- First baseman Jim Thome, the majors' home-run leader, was kept out of Philadelphia's starting lineup Friday night against Chicago because of tendinitis in his right index finger.

Thome received an injection after Thursday's game against Florida. Phillies manager Larry Bowa said Thome would be available as a pinch hitter.

"It's not like it was before," Bowa said. "But he feels like it's a little bit stiff."

D'backs call up starter

Phoenix -- Arizona recalled Lance Cormier from Triple-A Tucson and planned to start the right-hander today against Colorado. Cormier (0-1) lasted 1 1/3 innings in his major-league debut June 19, giving up seven runs and six hits, a 47.25 ERA. He was optioned to Tucson on June 20.

Umpiring crew late for Cubs-Phillies game

Philadelphia -- Three college umpires worked the start of the Phillies game against the Cubs on Friday night after poor weather forced major league umps to change their travel plans.

A plane from Cleveland carrying Joe West, Paul Emmel and Mike DiMuro was diverted to Baltimore because of rainy conditions in Philadelphia. Darren Spagnardi, traveling on his own, arrived on time, according to a Phillies spokesman.

The three umpires arrived at the ballpark in the first inning and took the field before the bottom of the second.

Mariners release Olerud

Seattle -- Former AL batting champion John Olerud was released Friday by the last-place Mariners. Olerud was hitting .245 with five homers and 22 RBIs in 77 games when he was designated for assignment last week. He was in the final year of his contract, earning $7.7 million this season.

Spencer on disabled list after stepping on glass

New York -- Shane Spencer cut his right foot when he stepped on some broken glass in a bar, and the New York Mets outfielder was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday.

The Mets recalled right-hander Dan Wheeler from Triple-A Norfolk to replace Spencer on the roster. Wheeler was sent down two days earlier to make room for prized prospect David Wright. New York's game against Atlanta was postponed because of rain Friday.

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