Pitcher was 0-1 in two starts

Updated: July 28, 2004, 9:54 PM ET
Associated Press

MONTREAL -- The New York Mets designated right-hander Scott Erickson for assignment on Wednesday, and recalled left-hander Pedro Feliciano from Triple-A Norfolk.

Erickson went 0-1 with a 7.88 ERA for the Mets in two starts, including a disastrous outing in Monday's 19-10 loss to the Expos.

"He was on a short leash," Mets general manager Jim Duquette said.

Erickson, who won 20 games with Minnesota in 1991, signed a minor league contract with the Mets on Feb. 5 and was placed on the disabled list on April 9 because of a strained left hamstring.

He made two appearances with Class A St. Lucie and pitched in eight games with Norfolk before he was recalled by New York. Sidelined by arm injuries in 2001 and 2003, Erickson made a strong NL debut in a 6-5 loss to Florida on July 19.

Making his first major league appearance since Aug. 31, 2002, with Baltimore, Erickson allowed only two runs -- one earned -- and eight hits in six innings.

But he couldn't retire a batter in the third inning of Monday's lopsided loss, leaving after allowing six straight hits to begin the inning, including Jose Vidro's three-run homer.

The Mets have 10 days to trade, release or send Erickson outright to the minors.

Feliciano was 4-3 with two saves and a 5.30 ERA in 32 games with Norfolk, and was available to pitch for the Mets on Wednesday. He was 0-0 with a 3.23 ERA in 23 games with New York last season.


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