Delgado missed 33 games

Updated: July 6, 2004, 10:37 PM ET
Associated Press

TORONTO -- The Toronto Blue Jays activated slugger Carlos Delgado from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday after he had missed 33 games because of a strained rib cage.

Delgado batted fourth in Toronto's lineup against Seattle, hitting a double in his first at-bat. He finished 1-for-3 in a 7-6 win. He hadn't played since May 29.

Carlos Delgado
First Base
Toronto Blue Jays
Profile
2004 SEASON STATISTICS
GM HR RBI R SB AVG
49 8 32 27 0 .229

"After five weeks of rehab and exercise, and a couple of rehab games I feel good enough to play again," Delgado said.

The Blue Jays went 13-20 without him, scoring half a run less per game.

"It's a relief to have him back," manager Carlos Tosca said.

Toronto optioned right-hander Adam Peterson to Triple-A Syracuse. He was 0-0 and gave up five earned runs in 2 2/3 innings with the Blue Jays.

Delgado was second in AL MVP voting last year after hitting .302 with 42 homers and a major league-leading 145 RBIs.

Center fielder Vernon Wells and left fielder Frank Catalanotto remain on the disabled list.

Wells, sidelined since June 16 with a strained right calf, isn't expected back until August. Catalanotto, out with a strained right groin, isn't expected back until after the All-Star break.


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