Wright activated to start against Devil Rays

Updated: August 15, 2005, 10:00 PM ET
Associated Press

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- New York Yankees right-hander Jaret Wright was reinstated from the 60-day disabled list to start Monday night's game at Tampa Bay.

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To make room for Wright, reliever Wayne Franklin was optioned to Triple-A Columbus.

Wright had been on the DL since April 24, a day after leaving his start against Texas because of pain in his shoulder. It was the eighth time he was been on the disabled list in his nine-year career, and the sixth time because of a shoulder problem.

"He's in the rotation unless we see something we don't expect to see," New York manager Joe Torre said.

Wright went 15-8 in 32 starts for Atlanta last year and signed with the Yankees as a free agent during the offseason. In four starts for New York earlier this season, he went 2-2 with a 9.15 ERA.

Left-hander Randy Johnson, scratched from last Thursday night's start because of a bad back, remains scheduled to pitch Tuesday night against the Devil Rays.

"Randy feels fine," Torre said.

Starter Carl Pavano, who might miss the rest of the season with right shoulder tendinitis, visited with teammates before the game. He is taking part in a rehab program at the Yankees' spring training complex in Tampa.

"It takes time for this to heal," Pavano said. "You feel like you abandoned the team. Definitely a lot frustration involved. It's the nature of the business. You have to move on. I want to work to make myself better."

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