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Park designated for assignment after weak debut

5/3/2007 - MLB Chan Ho Park New York Mets + more

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."