Archive for Monday, March 21, 2005

Mets acquire Ishii

March 21, 2005


The New York Mets found a fill-in for injured pitcher Steve Trachsel.

Bernie Williams and Raul Mondesi hope to be back on the field in a few days.

With Trachsel sidelined for at least three to six months following back surgery, the Mets traded reserve catcher Jason Phillips to the Los Angeles Dodgers for left-hander Kazuhisa Ishii on Sunday.

Ishii will step into the No. 5 spot in the rotation behind Pedro Martinez, Tom Glavine, Kris Benson and Victor Zambrano.

"We were able to get a guy who has won. And I like having two lefties in the rotation. It gives us good balance," Mets general manager Omar Minaya said in Port St. Lucie, Fla. "He just finds a way to win."

Ishii went 13-8 with a 4.71 earned-run average in 31 starts last season for Los Angeles.

At Kissimmee, Fla., Mondesi injured his hamstring while running out a double during the Atlanta Braves' 2-1 loss to a St. Louis Cardinals split squad. The right fielder is expected to miss at least a few games.

At St. Petersburg, Fla., the New York Yankees played without Williams and Derek Jeter, losing 5-3 to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

Williams strained his upper back during batting practice. He is expected to miss a few games.

Jeter bruised his left foot on a foul ball Saturday. He was sore Sunday; X-rays were negative.

At Winter Haven, Fla., Philadelphia outfielder Marlon Byrd Byrd dislocated his right ring finger while diving back to first on a pickoff attempt. Catcher Mike Lieberthal was hit on the left elbow by a pitch in the first inning and was replaced in the fifth after he experienced some swelling.

In other games:

Mets (ss) 10, Dodgers (ss) 9

At Port St. Lucie, Fla., Pedro Martinez pitched five sharp innings.

Mets (ss) 5, Orioles 1

At Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Andres Galarraga and Ramon Castro homered for New York.

Twins 7, Tigers (ss) 5

At Fort Myers, Fla., Torii Hunter and Michael Cuddyer homered for Minnesota.

Blue Jays 4, Reds 1

At Dunedin, Fla., Josh Towers allowed one run and five hits over five innings.

Astros 6, Marlins 3

At Jupiter, Fla., Marlins righty Ismael Valdez allowed two runs over the first four innings.

Nationals 9, Dodgers (ss) 3

At Vero Beach, Fla., Livan Hernandez threw six scoreless innings.

Pirates 5, Red Sox 3

At Bradenton, Fla., Oliver Perez lasted four innings in his second spring training start.

Tigers (ss) 8, Cardinals (ss) 4

At Lakeland, Fla., starting pitchers Chris Carpenter and Jason Johnson struggled.

Mariners 7, D'backs (ss) 7

At Tucson, Ariz., Javier Vazquez retired his first 16 batters for Arizona.

Brewers 8, Rangers 5

At Phoenix, Ben Sheets allowed three runs in three innings for Milwaukee.

Padres (ss) 9, Cubs 5

At Peoria, Ariz., Brian Giles and Mark Loretta each hit three-run homers.

Padres (ss) 17, D'backs (ss) 9

At Yuma, Ariz., Brett Bonvechio keyed a seven-run sixth inning with a three-run homer.

Athletics 17, Giants 3

At Phoenix, Barry Zito gave up four hits and a run over six innings.

Angels 4, White Sox 3

At Tempe, Ariz., Casey Kotchman had an RBI double.

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