Padres want Eaton to pitch more in minors

Updated: August 9, 2005, 10:38 PM ET
Associated Press

San Diego Padres: Right-hander Adam Eaton was put back on the disabled list so he can go down to the minor leagues and make at least three starts.

Eaton (9-2, 3.76 ERA) was on the DL from June 16 through July 31 with a strained tendon in his right middle finger. He pitched out of the bullpen on the recently completed road trip, throwing two innings in two appearances, but that arrangement didn't work out as intended.

"This is the one way to get me some innings," Eaton said. "Obviously the plan originally was to be in the bullpen and be able to throw two or three innings at a time. It was kind of hard to really plan and execute, though."

Eaton said it was disappointing to lose a week in which he could have been making rehab starts, but said he felt good after his last outing.

Eaton is scheduled to start Wednesday for the Padres' Class A affiliate Lake Elsinore, at Lancaster. He's then scheduled to make two starts for Triple-A Portland next Monday and on Aug. 20.

He plans to throw three innings on Wednesday.

Taking Eaton's roster spot was left-handed reliever Chris Hammond (5-1, 2.96 ERA), who had been on the DL since July 20 with a strained neck.

Arizona Diamondbacks: The Diamondbacks activated catcher Kelly Stinnett from the disabled list on Tuesday, apparently in anticipation of right-hander Russ Ortiz's return to the rotation.

Arizona optioned left-hander Michael Gosling to Triple-A Tucson of the Pacific Coast League to make room for Stinnett, who'd been out since July 18 with a wrist injury. Since Gosling was Saturday's projected starter in Atlanta, Ortiz will likely slide into that spot.

Ortiz hasn't pitched for Arizona since June 15 because of a stress fracture in his right rib cage. Before this DL stint, Ortiz -- 4-6 with a 5.88 ERA in 14 starts for the Diamondbacks -- never missed a major league starting assignment.

Arizona signed him as a free agent last December.

In three minor league rehab starts, Ortiz went 0-2 with a staggering ERA of 19.06. He gave up 11 runs in 2 1/3 innings for the Diamondbacks' Single-A affiliate in Lancaster, Calif. last week, and allowed seven hits, six earned runs and three home runs in six innings Monday for Triple-A Tucson.

"The most important thing is that I'm able to throw all my pitches for strikes," Ortiz said after joining Arizona in the visitors' clubhouse Tuesday.

Ortiz said he wasn't dismayed by the rehab outings, saying his main objective was to simply command his pitches.

"I thought all along I'd feel more confident up here than down there," Ortiz said.

Gosling was 0-3 with a 4.45 ERA in 13 appearances -- the last five of them starts, in which he was 0-1 with a 3.33 ERA.

Before the wrist injury, Stinnett hit .294 with three home runs and five RBI in 51 at-bats with Arizona.

Atlanta Braves: Bothered by a sore back, Braves reliever Kyle Farnsworth decided to serve a five-game suspension for his role in a brawl last month.

The right-hander received a six-game suspension after a benches-clearing melee involving the Detroit Tigers, his former team, and the Kansas City Royals.

During the brawl, Farnsworth picked up and body slammed Kansas City pitcher Jeremy Affeldt.

Likely to sit out a few days anyway because of his back, Farnsworth decided to drop his appeal and serve the suspension, which was reduced to five games. He will be eligible to return Sunday against Arizona.

Farnsworth was acquired by the Braves at the trading deadline to bolster the bullpen. He has pitched in four games for Atlanta, giving up five hits and two runs in 3 2/3 innings.

Detroit Tigers: Manager Alan Trammell was ejected from Tuesday night's game against the Toronto Blue Jays after arguing with plate umpire Tim Timmons.

The argument ensued after Detroit's Vance Wilson was hit by a pitch in the top of the second inning. Timmons ruled that Wilson didn't attempt to get out of the way of Dustin McGowan's pitch, thus continuing the at-bat.

It was Trammell's third ejection this season.

Wilson ended up flying out to right.

Milwaukee Brewers: Manager Ned Yost drew his third ejection of the season Tuesday night when he argued with plate umpire Angel Hernandez over a balk call in the second inning.

Yost raced from the dugout after left-hander Doug Davis was called for a balk when he tried to pick Hector Luna off first base.

It was the second balk called against the Brewers in the series. Matt Wise was called for one Monday night.

After Yost's ejection, Davis struck out Mike Mahoney and Luna was thrown out trying to swipe third base for an inning-ending double play.

New York Mets: The Mets placed first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz on the 15-day disabled list with a bruised lower back.

To fill the roster spot, the Mets activated infielder Kaz Matsui, who had been on the DL since June 18 with a bruised left knee.

Mientkiewicz had been on the DL from June 26-July 16 with a strained right hamstring. He was hitting .247 with 11 homers and 28 RBI.

Matsui is hitting .234 with three homers and 21 RBI.

Jose Offerman started at first base Tuesday night against San Diego.

New York Yankees: Pitcher Jaret Wright had another solid performance Tuesday night, allowing two runs and seven hits over six innings in his latest rehabilitation start for Class A Tampa.

Wright has been on the disabled list since April 24, one day after leaving his start against Texas because of pain in his shoulder. It was his third minor league appearance overall and the right-hander could rejoin the Yankees next week.

"Based on tonight, there was no red flags," Wright said. "That's what you look for when you do rehab. It felt good."

Wright struck out four and walked three in the Florida State League against Fort Myers. He threw 103 pitches, including 64 strikes.

Earlier Tuesday in Cleawater, Fla., reliever Ramiro Mendoza allowed one unearned run and two hits in two innings for the Gulf Coast League Yankees in his second minor-league rehabilitation start.

Mendoza, who underwent right shoulder surgery in January, could be ready to join the Yankees' bullpen later this month.

Mendoza struck out two and walked none during a 30-pitch outing against Philadelphia minor leaguers. Mendoza gave up one hit over three scoreless innings in a GCL game last Friday.

San Francisco Giants: Outfielder Alex Sanchez, the first major-leaguer suspended for failing a steroids test, was designated for assignment.

He had been on the disabled list since July 24 with a sprained left elbow.

While with Tampa Bay, Sanchez was suspended 10 days after becoming the first player to test positive under Major League Baseball's new steroids policy.

The Devil Rays let him go in June, and he was claimed off waivers by the Giants. Sanchez batted .256 with three RBI for San Francisco before he was hurt.

St. Louis Cardinals: The Cardinals purchased the contract of pitcher Anthony Reyes from Triple-A Memphis and scheduled him to make his major-league debut in Tuesday night's game against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Reyes, a 23-year-old right-hander, will become the first Cardinals rookie pitcher to break into the majors with a starting assignment since Dan Haren's debut on June 30, 2003, against San Francisco.

Reyes, the first player from the team's 2003 draft to make it to the majors, was 7-4 with a 3.44 ERA in 19 starts for the Cardinals' top affiliate this season. He had 106 strikeouts and 28 walks.

He has started 38 games in the minors and has a career record of 16-6 with a 3.46 ERA.

First baseman/outfielder John Gall was optioned to Memphis to make room for Reyes.

Tampa Bay Devil Rays: The Devil Rays optioned pitcher Dewon Brazelton to Triple-A Durham on Tuesday and recalled right-hander Tim Corcoran from the same club.

Brazelton was 1-8 with a 6.85 ERA in 18 games, including eight starts. He had 57 walks compared to 40 strikeouts in 68 1/3 innings.

Corcoran spent two weeks with the Devil Rays in June, going 0-0 with a 2.25 ERA in two appearances. He had 29 outings with Durham, all in relief, going 5-1 with a 2.89 ERA.

He is one of seven rookies on Tampa Bay's 25-man roster.

Texas Rangers: The Rangers placed right-hander Ricardo Rodriguez on the 15-day disabled list with a bruised right shoulder and recalled lefty Erasmo Ramirez from Triple-A Oklahoma.

Rodriguez started 10 games for Texas, going 2-3 with a 5.53 ERA after his call up on June 12. He was 7-3 with a 2.91 ERA at Triple-A Oklahoma.

Ramirez spent the first three months of the season on the DL with a strained left middle finger and has appeared in only five games for the Rangers. In two trips to the minors, the left-hander had a 3.14 ERA in 12 games for Oklahoma.

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