Mariners activate Cirillo from 15-day DL


Seattle Mariners: Third baseman Jeff Cirillo was activated from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday.

Cirillo, 33, went on the disabled list July 24 with a partially
dislocated right shoulder. He also strained a muscle on the left
side of his back during a rehabilitation assignment at Triple-A
Tacoma last week.

Cirillo is hitting just .210 (52-for-248) with
two home runs and 22 RBI in 76 games this season. He lost his job
earlier this season and didn't start Tuesday's game against Toronto.

"I'm here to regain my spot," he said.

Willie Bloomquist started at third on Tuesday. Manager Bob
Melvin told Cirillo he would start Wednesday.

The Mariners also have shortstop Carlos Guillen playing third
base in his rehab games at Tacoma. Guillen is on the 15-day DL with inflammation in his pelvis and is expected back
next week. Infielder Rey Sanchez's strong play at short means Guillen might see some time at third.

Cirillo hit .286 in 16 rehab games. He said he had some good at-bats.

"My head is clear and my shoulder feels better," Cirillo said. "I'm ready to play."

The Mariners optioned right-hander Brian Sweeney to Tacoma to
make room for Cirillo. Sweeney pitched 3 1/3 scoreless innings in
his major league debut last Saturday.

Colorado Rockies: Right-hander Shawn Chacon was placed on the 15-day disabled list to recover from elbow tendinitis.

Chacon was to undergo tests this week after feeling discomfort
in his right elbow in a loss to the Mets on Saturday.
Chacon (11-8) lasted only 1 2/3 innings, allowing eight runs, five
hits and five walks.

Chacon was an All-Star this season, but missed the game after being placed on the disabled list July 1. His 11 wins are the most ever by a Rockies pitcher before the
All-Star game break.

His latest stint on the DL is retroactive to July 17. The Rockies called up left-hander Cory Vance from Triple-A Colorado Springs to fill the rotation.

New York Mets: Outfielder Cliff Floyd was placed
on the disabled list Tuesday due to an injured right Achilles'
tendon that will require season-ending surgery on Aug. 29.

Floyd played in pain most of the season, struggling to run the
bases or track down balls in the outfield. He decided to have the
surgery last week.

He finished his season hitting .290 with 18 homers and 68 RBI
in 365 at-bats. In the four games after he announced his season
would end, Floyd went 11-for-15 (.733) with five runs and six RBI.

Floyd was replaced on the roster by outfielder Jeff Duncan, who
was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk of the International League.
Duncan was optioned to Norfolk last week to make room for Mike

New York Yankees: The Yankees recalled outfielder Juan Rivera from Triple-A Columbus of the International League after Tuesday night's victory over the Kansas City Royals.

To make room on the roster, the Yankees sent right-hander Jorge DePaula to Columbus.

Rivera, who hit .237 with one home run and 11 RBI before being sent down on July 7, will platoon with Karim Garcia in right field. Rivera hit .325 with seven homers and 37 RBI in 79 games with the

Garcia homered in his third consecutive game Tuesday, helping the Yankees win 6-3.

"I think we'll just see who's swinging the bat well and I think both guys understand that they both can't play,'' manager Joe Torre said. "That makes my life easier.''

Tampa Bay Devil Rays: Outfielder Adam Piatt was claimed off waivers from Oakland.

Piatt batted .240 with four home runs and 15 RBI in 47 games
this season with Oakland. He was designated for assignment by the
A's on Aug. 13 when the team activated Jim Mecir from the disabled

Piatt will join the Devil Rays in Baltimore on Wednesday, when
the team will make a corresponding roster move, general manager
Chuck LaMar said.

Oakland Athletics: The team plans to retire Reggie Jackson's No. 9 next season, apparently mending a rift
between the team and the Hall of Famer.

"When I look out there to the outfield wall, I always wonder
why Reggie's number isn't retired," owner Steve Schott said in
Tuesday's editions of the San Francisco Chronicle. "Having him
consent to this is a real positive thing. He's an integral part of
the franchise's tradition, and his number ought to be retired."

A team spokesman confirmed the plans Tuesday. Jackson's agent,
Matt Merola, said Jackson would not comment until a date is set for
the ceremony.

Even though the A's are an original American League franchise,
the team has retired fewer numbers than any other in the league
except the Mariners, Rangers and Devil Rays. Only Catfish Hunter
(27) and Rollie Fingers (34) have had their numbers retired.

Jackson played his first nine major league seasons in Oakland,
where he won his only regular-season MVP award and hit 269 of his
563 career home runs.

The Yankees retired his No. 44 in 1993, the year he was inducted
into the Hall of Fame as a Yankee.