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Sprained knee keeps Glaus out

5/13/2004

Minnesota Twins: Third baseman Corey Koskie was
placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with a strained sternum.

"We're kind of at a loss here on a timetable, because we just
don't see this very often," manager Ron Gardenhire said before the
Twins' 4-3 victory over Seattle.

Michael Cuddyer will be the starting third baseman during
Koskie's absence, which Gardenhire said would likely last "a
couple weeks." To fill Koskie's spot on the roster, right-handed
reliever Grant Balfour -- who hasn't pitched this season because of
a sore shoulder -- was activated from the DL.

The injury forced Koskie out of Tuesday's game against the
Mariners after the second inning. He said he first started to feel
a strain in his chest area last Friday.

"It was real minor, minor, and then it started getting worse,
worse," said Koskie, who is batting .247 with five homers, 16 RBI and four steals in 97 at-bats.

He felt better Monday, when Minnesota was off, but then he
started to hurt again Tuesday while going through his pregame routine.

Chicago Cubs: Three-time Gold Glove shortstop Rey Ordonez agreed to a minor league contract, one week after Alex Gonzalez broke a bone in his right wrist.

Ordonez, 33, had just 117 at-bats last season, hitting .316 with
three homers and 22 RBI for Tampa Bay in his first season after
leaving the Mets, his team from 1996 to 2002.

He went to spring training with San Diego, then left camp March 20, handing the shortstop job to rookie Khalil Greene.

Gonzalez will be out six to eight weeks after he was struck by
the ball during a checked swing on a pitch from Arizona's Mike Koplove.

Ordonez won Gold Gloves from 1997-1999 and holds six NL fielding
records, including most consecutive errorless games by a shortstop
in one season (100 in 1999) and fewest errors by a shortstop in one
season (four in 1999).

San Diego Padres: The Padres placed right-hander
Antonio Osuna on the 15-day DL with a strained right groin.

The team purchased the contract of right-hander Brandon Puffer from Triple-A Portland to take Osuna's spot on the roster.

Osuna, 31, left Tuesday night's game against Cincinnati after
one-third of an inning because of the injury. In 14 games with the
Padres, Osuna is 1-0 with a 3.94 ERA.

Puffer, signed by the Padres as a minor league free agent in
January, has spent the entire season at Portland, where he was 1-0
with a 1.57 ERA. Puffer, 28, was 3-3 with a 4.60 ERA in 68 career
appearances with Houston.

Detroit Tigers: The Tigers placed second baseman Fernando
Vina on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday and purchased the
contract of infielder Jason Smith from Triple-A Toledo.

Vina, who has been bothered by his right hamstring, was hitting
.226 in 29 games. Smith had a .270 average and three homers for the
Mud Hens.

To make room for Smith on the 40-man roster, the Tigers
transferred pitcher Lino Urdaneta to the 60-day disabled list.

Texas Rangers: Pitcher Doug Brocail was scheduled to undergo an appendectomy and was placed on the 15-day DL.

Brocail was taken to St. Anthony's Hospital after experiencing stomach discomfort. He was put on the DL before the Rangers played at Tampa Bay.

Texas called up right-hander Frank Francisco from Double-A
Frisco to replace Brocail, who is 0-0 with a 21.00 ERA in four
games this season. Francisco went 1-3 with a 2.55 ERA and six saves in 15 games at Frisco.

Arizona Diamondbacks: Utilityman Donnie Sadler was briefly
knocked unconscious during batting practice when a ball struck him
in his head before Arizona's game against the Mets.

Pitcher Casey Daigle was hitting when the ball cleared the
safety net in front of the stretching players, which included
Sadler. The ball hit Sadler in the back of the head and he
collapsed as players quickly gathered around him.

After a few moments, team trainer Paul Lessard helped Sadler to
his feet, and sent him to team physician Roger McCoy for further
tests.

Lessard said Sadler had a concussion.