Mets activate reliever Mota, put him in middle

Updated: August 22, 2006, 8:52 PM ET
Associated Press

Relief Pitcher
New York Mets

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2006 SEASON STATISTICS
GM W L BB K ERA
34 1 3 19 27 6.21

NEW YORK -- Reliever Guillermo Mota was added to the New York Mets' roster when he reported Tuesday and reliever Royce Ring was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk.

The Mets acquired the right-handed Mota from the Cleveland Indians on Sunday for a player to be named. He was available for Tuesday night's game against St. Louis.

The 33-year-old Mota was 1-3 with a 6.21 ERA in 34 games before the Indians designated him for assignment. He originally signed with the Mets as a shortstop in 1990.

"When you sit in the bullpen and don't pitch, nothing is going good," Mota said. "I want to pitch, so I am coming to a team that wants me."

Mets general manager Omar Minaya said Mota had enjoyed success in the National League, adding that he was a coveted middle reliever only a few years ago. Also, Minaya liked the idea of reuniting Mota with a familiar batterymate.

"When he was pitching good, Paul Lo Duca was his catcher," Minaya said.

The Mets began the day with a 13 -game lead over Philadelphia in the NL East.

Ring, a 25-year-old lefty, was 0-0 with a 2.25 ERA in four games for the Mets.


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