Indians ace will not go on DL

Originally Published: June 29, 2004
Associated Press

Cleveland Indians: Ace C.C. Sabathia will miss his scheduled start on Thursday, but will not have to go on the DL with a sore left shoulder.

Sabathia visited Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala., on Monday, and Andrews concurred with a diagnosis by Indians doctors, who feel a little rest will help the left-hander.

"C.C. has some mild irruption in his shoulder," said Indians trainer Lonnie Soloff, who accompanied Sabathia to see Andrews. "It's not a long-term problem. It was more of a fluke thing."

Sabathia caught his cleat on the mound in the first inning Saturday against Colorado. He left the game with soreness similar to that which sidelined him for two weeks in April.

Sabathia's next start will be pushed back to Monday at home against Texas.

With Sabathia (5-3, 2.77 ERA) moved back, Cliff Lee, scheduled to start Friday in Cincinnati, will pitch Thursday against the Tigers.

Lee will miss the Reds. The left-hander was suspended for six games for throwing at Ken Griffey Jr. on June 13.

Lee's spot in the rotation will be filled by Kazuhito Tadano, who will make his first major league start Friday in Cincinnati.

In other Tribe news, the team purchased the contract of reliever Bob Howry from Triple-A Buffalo and optioned left-hander Cliff Bartosh back to the minor leagues.

Cleveland also brought up outfielder Mark Little from the Bisons and designated reliever Jack Cressend for assignment.

Howry hasn't appeared in a major league game since April 12, 2003, when he was with Boston. The right-hander had elbow surgery last July and signed a minor league contract with Cleveland during the offseason.

The Indians' bullpen has been inconsistent all year and the club is hoping Howry can help. The 30-year-old, who has also pitched for the White Sox, went 1-1 with a 5.19 ERA in 18 outings at Buffalo.

To make room for Howry, the Indians transferred infielder Aaron Boone from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list.

Colorado Rockies: The Rockies shook up their rotation Tuesday, designating right-hander Kevin Jarvis for assignment and shifting Jeff Fassero to the bullpen.

The moves are designed to clear space for the return of right-hander Denny Stark, superb since being sent to Triple-A Colorado Springs in April. He's expected to be called up Thursday to take Fassero's spot in the rotation against Milwaukee.

Stark pitched well in 2002 after being traded from Seattle, going 11-4 with a 4.00 ERA, including an 8-1 mark at Coors Field. But he missed the first 84 games with a strained upper back muscle the following season and never seemed to recover, finishing 3-3 with a 5.83 ERA.

Stark started the season with the Rockies despite struggling in spring training, but was designated for assignment April 17 after running up a 16.20 ERA in two starts. He struggled early in Triple-A after clearing waivers, but regained his command and made the Triple-A All-Star team after going 8-2.

Fassero pitched well after moving into the rotation in May, but the Rockies needed left-handed help in the bullpen. Brian Fuentes, who has back injury, had a setback in his rehab assignment on Monday and isn't close to coming back, leaving Colorado with Javier Lopez as its only lefty in the bullpen.

Jarvis signed on for his second stint with Colorado after being designated for assignment by Seattle in April, but struggled in his return. He allowed six runs in two innings after being called up on June 17.

The Rockies also called up catcher J.D. Closser on Tuesday as insurance while Charles Johnson nurses a bruised hand.

Johnson isn't expected to go on the DL after being hit by a pitch on the left hand Sunday against Cleveland, but he won't be available until at least Thursday.

Colorado optioned Kit Pellow to Colorado Springs on June 20 and can't call him back up until Friday, leaving Todd Greene as the only catcher on the roster.

Closser, who was optioned to Triple-A in spring training, probably will be sent back down when Stark is called up.

In other Rockies news, right-hander Jason Jennings, the 2002 Rookie of the Year, is not on the table for any prospective trades, general manager Dan O'Dowd said.

"We are not going to trade Jason Jennings," O'Dowd said. "None of our young pitchers are available."

The Red Sox and the Padres have inquired about Jennings, who is 6-7 with a 6.36 ERA. After running up a 10.57 ERA in his first six starts, he has gone 5-3 with a 4.25 ERA.

Baltimore Orioles: Right fielder Jay Gibbons was put on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with a strained left hip flexor.

It's the second trip to the DL for Gibbons, who's had back pain for much of the season. He's struggled at the plate, batting just .223, down from .277 last year.

To take Gibbons' place, the Orioles will purchase the contract of outfielder Chad Mottola from Triple-A Ottawa on Wednesday.

Mottola is batting .270 with seven homers and 29 RBI for the Lynx.

Outfielder Marty Cordova will be transferred to the 60-day DL to make room for Mottola on the active roster.

Atlanta Braves: First baseman Adam LaRoche went to Triple-A Richmond for a rehab start on Tuesday night.

LaRoche, on the disabled list since May 29 with a separated shoulder, took batting practice for four days before his trip to Richmond. His stay wasn't expected to be lengthy.

"'d take him back (Wednesday), if he has a good night," Atlanta manager Bobby Cox said.

Minnesota Twins: Designated hitter Matthew LeCroy was held out of Tuesday night's game against the White Sox because of a sore right knee.

Unable to put any weight on it after waking up Monday, LeCroy had an MRI done Tuesday that showed no damage. LeCroy is day-to-day, but he said he's able to bat.

LeCroy, who also serves as a backup catcher and first baseman, is batting .271 with six homers and 20 RBI in 118 at-bats. He missed 27 games earlier this year with a pulled muscle in his right rib cage and bruised his other knee while chasing a foul ball two weeks ago, but this injury is a new one.

Right-handed rookie Matt Guerrier was optioned to Triple-A Rochester, temporarily leaving the Twins without a fifth starter for Saturday's game against the Diamondbacks.

Chicago White Sox: Left-handed reliever Vic Darensbourg was designated for assignment on Tuesday, clearing room on the roster for recent acquisitions Freddy Garcia and Ben Davis.

Darensbourg made two scoreless appearances, totaling 1 1/3 innings, since his contract was purchased from Triple-A Charlotte on June 21. The 33-year-old has made 282 appearances in the majors since 1998, spending the bulk of his career with the Florida Marlins.

Garcia, a right-handed starter, and Davis, a catcher, were acquired Sunday in a trade with the Seattle Mariners for catcher Miguel Olivo and two minor leaguers.

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