Houston gets reliever; Mets get minor-leaguer

Originally Published: August 27, 2004
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Houston Astros and New York Mets:The Astros acquired right-handed pitcher Dan Wheeler from the Mets on Friday in exchange for minor league outfielder Adam Seuss.

Wheeler, 26, is 3-1 with a 4.80 earned run average in 50 2/3 innings this season. He has pitched in 32 games, including one start. Over a major-league career that includes 97 appearances, he is 6-9 with a 5.15 ERA, striking out 142 and walking 63 in 173 innings.

Seuss, who turns 24 Tuesday, was a 36th-round pick of the Astros in the 2000 draft. In 104 games for Class A Salem of the Carolina League this season, he hit .283 with seven homers and 64 RBI.

To make room for Wheeler on their 40-man roster, the Astros transferred pitcher Wade Miller from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list.

Wheeler is expected to join the club in Chicago on Saturday.

Cleveland Indians: The Indians called up right-hander Jeremy Guthrie from Double-A Akron.

Guthrie, 25, was the 22nd overall pick in 2002 out of Stanford. He went 8-8 with a 4.21 ERA at Akron in 23 appearances, including 21 starts, after being demoted from Triple-A Buffalo. He went 1-2 with a 7.91 ERA in eight starts at Buffalo.

Guthrie worked his last two games in relief at Akron and will be used out of the bullpen.

  • The Indians also recalled right-hander Kazuhito Tadano, optioned right-hander Fernando Cabrera to Buffalo, and designated right-hander Chad Durbin for assignment.

    Tadano, 25, went 1-1 with a 4.95 ERA in two previous stints this season with Cleveland. He was 2-4 with a 5.44 ERA in 12 games at Buffalo.

    Durbin went 5-6 with a 6.66 ERA in 17 games, including eight starts, for Cleveland this season. He gave up six runs on five hits and two walks in just two-thirds of an inning in a start Thursday night in the Indians' 14-9 loss to the Chicago White Sox.

    Cabrera made his major-league debut for Cleveland on Aug. 21 and pitched in two games for the Indians.

    Chicago Cubs: The Cubs agreed to terms with infielder Eric Patterson, an eighth-round draft pick and the younger brother of Cubs center fielder Corey Patterson.

    The 21-year-old Patterson batted .326 with nine homers, 49 runs batted in and 48 stolen bases last season at Georgia Tech. In three seasons with the Yellow Jackets, he had a total of 14 homers and 124 RBI.

    Patterson also played for the U.S. national team in the summers of 2002 and 2003, winning silver medals at the FISU World Championships and the Pan American Games.

    Texas Rangers: Scott Erickson was designated for assignment and has agreed to report to Triple-A Oklahoma if he clears waivers.

    The Rangers recalled right-hander John Wasdin from Oklahoma to start against Baltimore.

    Erickson (1-3, 6.16 ERA) has made four starts for the Rangers since being acquired from the Mets in a trade July 31. He is still trying to come back from two operations on his right arm.

    Erickson underwent elbow ligament replacement surgery in 2000, missed the 2001 season, returned for 2002, then sat out all last season with Baltimore following shoulder surgery.

    After the Orioles didn't offer a new contract, he signed as a minor league free agent with the Mets. He pitched just two games for New York before being traded to Texas.

    Seattle Mariners: The Mariners claimed right-hander Brett Evert off waivers from the Braves and optioned him to Triple-A Tacoma.

    Evert, 23, had a combined 5-3 record and 2.03 ERA in 29 games, including 14 starts, at Triple-A Richmond and Double-A Greenville this season. He had 92 strikeouts in 97 1-3 innings.

    Evert was chosen in the seventh round of the 1999 June draft by Atlanta.

    Montreal Expos: Former utfielder Willie Crawford died Friday morning at Cedarhurst Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 57.

    The team did not disclose the cause of death.

    Crawford played in 989 games with the Dodgers from 1964 to 1975 as part of a 14-year major league career. At age 19, he got a pinch-hit single in Game One of the 1965 World Series against Minnesota.

    Los Angeles Dodgers: Montreal purchased the contract of shortstop Maicer Izturis from Triple-A Edmonton.

    Izturis, the younger brother of Los Angeles shortstop Cesar Izturis, made his major league debut against San Diego, one day after Expos shortstop Alex Gonzalez was forced to leave a 10-3 loss to the Dodgers after he was hit on his right wrist by a pitch.

    Gonzalez had X-rays on his wrist following Thursday's game, which came back negative. Expos manager Frank Robinson was unsure when Gonzalez would be able to return.

    "It's one of the worst places you can get hit," Robinson said. "He could be out two days or a week, who knows. I'll talk to him Sunday to see how he feels."

    Outfielder Ron Calloway was optioned to Edmonton. Calloway hit .167 with one homer and 10 RBIs in two stints with Montreal this season.

    Also, Second baseman Jose Vidro, who is scheduled to have knee surgery on Sept. 8, was moved to the 60-day disabled list, one day after his season ended when he was placed on the 15-day DL.

    Information from The Associated Press and SportsTicker was used in this report.

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