Red Sox promote Youkilis

Updated: July 21, 2004, 10:40 PM ET
Associated Press

Boston Red Sox: The Red Sox placed infielder Pokey Reese on the 15-day disabled list and called up third baseman Kevin Youkilis from Triple-A Pawtucket on Wednesday.

Reese strained a rib-cage muscle during batting practice several days ago. He played Monday night against Seattle but left in the third inning after experiencing pain in his right side.

Reese missed four games late last month because of a sprained left wrist. Youkilis was scheduled to start at third base Wednesday night against the Baltimore Orioles. Reese is hitting .230 with three home runs and 27 RBI in 77 games.

Youkilis made his major league debut May 15. He hit .287 with three home runs and 19 RBI in 38 games. He was optioned to Pawtucket last month.

The Red Sox also recalled left-handed relief pitcher Mark Malaska and optioned right-handed reliever Joe Nelson to Pawtucket.

Cleveland Indians: Outfielder Grady Sizemore was recalled from the minor leagues Tuesday by the Indians.

After struggling early this season, Sizemore hit .292 with seven homers and 49 RBIs in 95 games at Triple-A Buffalo. The Indians view the 21-year-old as one of their future starters and stars.

"He was ready to come up," manager Eric Wedge said. "He has been ready for a while."

The club also designated outfielder Mark Little for assignment.

Sizemore had an impressive spring training, but the Indians decided to send him to the minors so he could play every day. Since May 21, he hit .331 with 30 RBI and raised his average from .228 to .292.

"He has a presence about him and that's something you can't teach," Wedge said. "He has an old-school approach. He goes out there and gets after it and gets it done. No frills. He just plays."

Cleveland entered Wednesday night's game against Chicago just four games out of first place in the AL Central.

Little played in 11 games for the Indians, batting .200 (4-for-20). The club has 10 days to trade, release or outright him to the minor leagues.

Toronto Blue Jays: The team says it is losing less money this season for owner Rogers Communications Inc. and could raise its payroll next season with or without Carlos Delgado.

The Blue Jays lost $5.48 million from April through June, Rogers disclosed Wednesday in financial documents, down from $10.65 million in the same quarter in 2003.

Toronto began developing its 2005 budget this week, and team president Paul Godfrey said an increase in player payroll from its opening-day level of $50 million is possible.

"The team's payroll will be in and around the same amount -- maybe a little bit higher," he said. "I do not anticipate dropping the team's payroll."

Delgado's $68 million, four-year contract expires at the end of the season.

"We do not anticipate that we're going to suddenly take Carlos Delgado's salary and put it in our sock," Godfrey said.

Detroit Tigers: Outfielder Craig Monroe was placed on the 15-day disabled list because of a left hamstring strain.

Outfielder Nook Logan was recalled from Triple-A Toledo to take Monroe's roster spot.

Monroe is hitting .278 with four home runs and 34 RBI in 77 games. Logan hit .267 with two homers and 26 RBI and 37 steals in 97 games with Toledo.

Chicago Cubs: The Cubs recalled right-hander Jon Leicester from Triple-A Iowa on Wednesday and optioned reliever Francis Beltran to the minors.

Leicester went 2-0 with a 2.63 ERA in 13 2/3 innings with the Cubs earlier in the season. He returned to the minors when starter Kerry Wood was activated from the disabled list.

Beltran was 2-2 with a 4.63 ERA in 34 relief appearances for the Cubs. The right-hander, who was sent to Iowa, had allowed three runs on three walks in his last two outings.

Seattle Mariners: The Seattle Mariners designated outfielder Hiram Bocachica for assignment on Wednesday.

The Mariners have 10 days to trade, release or outright Bocachica to the minor leagues.

Seattle recalled left-handed pitcher Bobby Madritsch from Triple-A Tacoma to take Bocachica's spot on the roster.

Bocachica's primary role with the Mariners this season was as a defensive replacement.

"He's a guy we like," Mariners manager Bob Melvin said. "Hopefully he can clear waivers and we can keep him around."

Bocachica had three doubles, one home run and four RBIs in 62 at-bats.

"We didn't get him very many at-bats, and that's a hard situation for a guy who was used to playing every day in the minors," Melvin said. "But he accepted his role and we'd like to have a spot for him."

Madritsch was 5-2 with a 3.75 ERA in 12 starts with Tacoma this year.

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