Clearwater was Schmidt's first managerial job

Originally Published: September 1, 2004
Associated Press

Philadelphia Phillies: Hall of Fame third baseman Mike Schmidt informed the Phillies he will not return to manage the Clearwater Threshers in the Class A Florida State League next season.

Schmidt's final game as a manager will be Sunday afternoon at Tampa. The Threshers are 29-35.

"I feel it is best for me to withdraw from the development program," Schmidt said Wednesday in a letter to the Phillies. "The experience was wonderful and rewarding, but for several reasons, does not work for me and my family."

Phillies general manager Ed Wade: "When Arbuckle and I met with Schmitty, commitment was something that Mike said he would give the organization. He certainly has done that. He gave us his best effort every single day. The organization is very appreciative. Mike should be proud of another chapter in his Phillies career."

Tampa Bay Devil Rays: Outfielder Rocco Baldelli returned from the 15-day disabled list and was in the lineup against the Baltimore Orioles as the designated hitter.

Baldelli was placed on DL on Aug. 14 with a strained right quadriceps, which he injured in mid-June. He aggravated the injury running to first base in the first inning against Texas on Aug. 13.

"We'll ease him back into the outfield," Devil Rays manager Lou Piniella said.

Tampa Bay also called up outfielder Matt Diaz and reliever Chad Gaudin from Triple-A Durham.

Utilityman Eduardo Perez was moved from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Diaz.

Perez is out for the season with a ruptured right Achilles' tendon.

Crawford still ailing: Left fielder Carl Crawford's sore shoulder will force him to miss a few games after an MRI exam revealed inflammation.

"It's nothing serious," Crawford said. "It will take a little time to get it back to normal."

Crawford, the American League stolen base leader, bruised his shoulder diving for two balls in a 5-0 loss to Oakland on Aug. 21.

The All-Star outfielder has had problems swinging the bat since the injury.

"It will be up to C.C. whenever he's ready to go," Devil Rays manager Lou Piniella said. "When's he's ready to go, he'll let us know."

Boston Red Sox: The Red Sox activated third baseman Kevin Youkilis and first baseman-outfielder Dave McCarty from the 15-day disabled list and called up catcher Sandy Martinez.

Youkilis was batting .281 with seven homers and 33 RBI in 56 games before bruising his right ankle in a home-plate collision on Aug. 15.

McCarty had a .246 batting average with three homers and 16 RBI in 82 games before going on the disabled list with a cyst on his right wrist on Aug. 17.

Martinez was called up from Triple-A Pawtucket one day after being acquired from Cleveland for cash considerations. Martinez, who has played in 215 major league games for five teams, gives the Red Sox an experienced backup for their stretch drive behind Jason Varitek and Doug Mirabelli.

Reliever Joe Nelson was designated for assignment to make room for Martinez on the 40-man roster.

Texas Rangers: The Rangers activated right-hander Jeff Nelson, lefty Erasmo Ramirez and infielder Herbert Perry from the 15-day disabled list.

The club also purchased the contracts of catcher Ken Huckaby and infielder Andy Fox from Triple-A Oklahoma.

Nelson, who has been on the DL since Aug. 5 with right flexor tendinitis, has appeared in 17 games for Texas this year and is 0-2 with a 5.28 ERA and one save in 15 1/3 innings.

Manager Buck Showalter would like to "wait and see" how Nelson feels before deciding whether to make him available immediately.

"I don't want to throw him into the fire right out of the shoot if I can help it," Showalter said.

Cincinnati Reds: The Reds activated right-handed pitcher Paul Wilson and infielder Brandon Larson from the 15-day disabled list Wednesday.

Wilson was activated in time to start Wednesday's afternoon game against Houston. He was on the disabled list since Aug. 14 with lower back soreness.

Wilson hadn't won since July 8, but he still led the Reds with nine wins when he returned.

Larson went on the disabled list July 19 with a strained left hamstring. He hit .220 with two home runs and eight RBI in an 11-game rehab assignment at Triple-A Louisville.

Larson was on the disabled list for the third time this season. He had hit .212 with three homers and 14 RBI in 40 games with the Reds.

Oakland Athletics: The Athletics recalled infielder Esteban German before Wednesday night's game against the Chicago White Sox.

German was on Oakland's opening day roster and played in three of the first 15 games before being optioned to Triple-A Sacramento. He was recalled on June 2, appearing in 17 games before being placed on the 15-day disabled list with an oblique strain on July 4. He hit .233 in 21 games for the A's, making three starts at second and nine at third.

German hit .329 for Sacramento with two home runs and 29 RBI in 55 games.

Cleveland Indians: Infielder Lou Merloni was activated from the 15-day disabled list by the Indians, who also recalled catcher Josh Bard and left-hander Cliff Bartosh from Triple-A Buffalo of the International League.

Merloni, sidelined by right elbow inflammation since Aug. 9, is batting .300 with four homers and 28 RBI in 65 games.

Bard spent the first half of the season on the disabled list because of a groin injury, then was sent to Buffalo on July 5 and batted .270 with four homers and 18 RBI in 38 games. Bartosh was 0-0 with a 6.17 ERA in 22 games with the Indians earlier this season.

Baltimore Orioles: The Orioles activated outfielder Larry Bigbie and first baseman-designated hitter David Segui from the disabled list.

Bigbie had been sidelined since Aug. 16 with a strained right groin. He hit two homers in a rehabilitation start for Single-A Frederick on Tuesday.

Segui was sidelined in late April by a knee injury. He underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee May 11.

Baltimore also recalled catcher Geronimo Gil from Triple-A Ottawa.

Florida Marlins: The Marlins recalled right-hander Ben Howard and catcher Matt Treanor from Triple-A Albuquerque before Wednesday night's game against the New York Mets.

Howard, acquired from San Diego in April for right-hander Blaine Neal, was 1-1 with a 5.28 ERA in 24 games with the Marlins before being sent to the minors on Aug. 11. In six games with Albuquerque, Howard allowed three runs in 5 1/3 innings.

Treanor hit .250 (13-for-52) with an RBI for the Marlins before being sent down on July 31. In 38 games with the Isotopes, he hit .258 with eight homers and 38 RBI.

Chicago White Sox: The White Sox recalled lefty Arnie Munoz from Triple-A Charlotte and activated catcher Sandy Alomar Jr. from the 15-day disabled list before Wednesday night's game against the Oakland Athletics.

Munoz started one game for Chicago this season. He lost in his major league debut in a start at Montreal on June 19, allowing 11 runs in three innings.

He was 9-8 with a 3.80 ERA in 26 combined starts for Triple-A Charlotte and Double-A Birmingham.

Alomar was on the disabled list with a pulled left groin. He suffered the injury during a collision at the plate with Boston's Kevin Youkilis on Aug. 15.

Alomar is hitting .239 in 45 games with the White Sox.

Politte has emergency surgery: Reliever Cliff Politte had an emergency appendectomy shortly before the Athletics game.

Politte is 0-3 with a 4.38 ERA in 54 games with the White Sox. The right-hander is expected to begin throwing again in 10 to 12 days. The team did not plan to put him on the disabled list.

Seattle Mariners: The Mariners claimed right-handed pitcher Masao Kida off waivers from the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Kida went 3-1 with a 5.97 ERA in nine games with Triple-A Las Vegas after missing the beginning of the season while recovering from back surgery.

He played in Japan for 10 years before joining the Detroit Tigers in 1999. In 2000, he returned to Japan to play for the Orix Blue Wave. He returned to the United States in 2003 to play for the Dodgers organization, but was injured in a car accident in March 2003.

Kida is expected to join the Mariners in Toronto prior to Thursday's game.

Montreal Expos: The Expos recalled outfielder Valentino Pascucci from Triple-A Edmonton.

Pascucci hit .217 (5-for-23) with two RBIs in 12 games with Montreal earlier this year. He hit .298 with 32 doubles, 25 homers and 92 RBIs in 109 games overall with Edmonton this season.

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