Park designated for assignment after weak debut

Updated: May 3, 2007, 8:16 PM ET
Associated Press

Chan Ho Park

PHOENIX -- Chan Ho Park was designated for assignment Thursday by the Mets, three days after he was hit hard in his season debut with New York.

Park allowed seven runs and six hits in four innings Monday during a 9-6 loss to Florida. He made the start after Orlando Hernandez went on the disabled list with bursitis.

New York purchased the contract of pitcher Lino Urdaneta from the Triple-A New Orleans Zephyrs. The 27-year-old right-hander was 1-0 with six saves and a 5.84 ERA in 10 relief appearances in the minors.

Urdaneta has an infinite ERA after making one major league appearance, on Sept. 9, 2004. Pitching for Detroit against Kansas City, he faced six batters and gave up six earned runs on five hits and a walk.

Urdaneta dismissed questions about his disastrous debut.

"The [past] is over," Urdaneta said through an interpreter. "This is a new day in my life, and I'm going to start all over."

Urdaneta's future was uncertain after he had right elbow surgery in September 2005. He spent much of last season recuperating.

"I was waiting for this phone call a long time ago," Urdaneta said. "I was working hard, especially after I had my surgery."

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