Archive for Sunday, July 23, 2006

Blue Jays thrilled with deal

Toronto excited by reliever acquired for Hillenbrand

July 23, 2006

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— Toronto Blue Jays general manager J.P. Ricciardi said Saturday he was happy with what he got from the San Francisco Giants in exchange for Shea Hillenbrand, a player he designated for assignment.

Late Friday night, Ricciardi traded Hillenbrand and reliever Vinnie Chulk to the Giants for reliever Jeremy Accardo. Hillenbrand was designated for assignment during Wednesday's game after writing "play for yourself" on a board the Blue Jays use to post batting practice times. He later wrote the "ship is sinking" before manager John Gibbons challenged him to a fight during a team meeting.

Ricciardi faced questions about what he could get for a player he designated for assignment, but he said seven teams were interested.

The 24-year-old Accardo went 1-3 with three saves and a 4.91 earned-run average in 38 games with San Francisco.

"This was actually the No. 1 guy that we wanted to get so it worked out good for us," Ricciardi said. "He's young. He's got an option. He's controllable financially. Going forward if we lose guys in our bullpen we got another young arm in our bullpen."

Wakefield lands on DL

Seattle - The Boston Red Sox placed starter Tim Wakefield on the 15-day disabled list Saturday because of a stress fracture in the area of his rib cage.

The move is retroactive to Tuesday, meaning Wakefield is eligible to return to the rotation on Aug. 1.

The team purchased the contract of left-hander Kason Gabbard from Triple-A Pawtucket and started him Saturday against the Seattle Mariners in his major-league debut.

Reds put Mercker on DL

Cincinnati - The Cincinnati Reds put left-hander Kent Mercker back on the 15-day disabled list because of a sore elbow following their 8-7 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday night.

Mercker was on the disabled list from May 14-25 with inflammation in the elbow.

Cubs deal Williamson

Washington - The Chicago Cubs traded right-hander Scott Williamson to the San Diego Padres on Saturday night for two minor-leaguers.

Williamson was 2-3 with a 5.08 ERA and allowed nine earned runs in eight innings since June, when he returned from a "tennis elbow" injury.

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