Wright returns to injured reserve

Updated: January 2, 2004, 11:18 AM ET
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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Columbus Blue Jackets gained the services of defenseman Rostislav Klesla but lost those of right wing Tyler Wright.

Klesla on Wednesday was activated from the injured reserve, while Wright was placed on the IR with bruised ribs. Columbus also recalled right wing Kent McDonell from the Syracuse Crunch and assigned defenseman Jamie Pushor to its American Hockey League affiliate.

The 21-year-old Klesla missed the last 13 games with a MCL sprain suffered on November 29 against the Washington Capitals. Columbus' first draft pick, Klesla has five assists in 18 games this season and 12 goals and 27 assists in 173 career contests.

Wright, who will be eligible to return on January 6, suffered his injury in Monday's 3-2 loss to the St. Louis Blues. He makes his second trip to the IR this season after missing six games in October due to a hyperextended elbow.

The 29-year-old Wright has one goal, two assists and 14 penalty minutes in 26 games this season. He is second on Blue Jackets' all-time games played list with 249, recording 49 goals, 40 assists and 367 penalty minutes.

This is the second sting with the Blue Jackets this season for McDonell, who tallied his first NHL goal on October 18 and also collected an assist in 23 games from October 18-December 10.

Pushor was scoreless in seven games this season with Columbus.