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Tuesday, August 19, 2003
Mariners activate Cirillo from 15-day DL

Associated Press

Seattle Mariners: Third baseman Jeff Cirillo was activated from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday.

Jeff Cirillo
Cirillo

Cirillo, 33, went on the disabled list July 24 with a partially dislocated right shoulder. He also strained a muscle on the left side of his back during a rehabilitation assignment at Triple-A Tacoma last week.

Cirillo is hitting just .210 (52-for-248) with two home runs and 22 RBI in 76 games this season. He lost his job earlier this season and didn't start Tuesday's game against Toronto.

"I'm here to regain my spot," he said.

Willie Bloomquist started at third on Tuesday. Manager Bob Melvin told Cirillo he would start Wednesday.

The Mariners also have shortstop Carlos Guillen playing third base in his rehab games at Tacoma. Guillen is on the 15-day DL with inflammation in his pelvis and is expected back next week. Infielder Rey Sanchez's strong play at short means Guillen might see some time at third.

Cirillo hit .286 in 16 rehab games. He said he had some good at-bats.

"My head is clear and my shoulder feels better," Cirillo said. "I'm ready to play."

The Mariners optioned right-hander Brian Sweeney to Tacoma to make room for Cirillo. Sweeney pitched 3 1/3 scoreless innings in his major league debut last Saturday.

Colorado Rockies: Right-hander Shawn Chacon was placed on the 15-day disabled list to recover from elbow tendinitis.

Shawn Chacon
Chacon

Chacon was to undergo tests this week after feeling discomfort in his right elbow in a loss to the Mets on Saturday. Chacon (11-8) lasted only 1 2/3 innings, allowing eight runs, five hits and five walks.

Chacon was an All-Star this season, but missed the game after being placed on the disabled list July 1. His 11 wins are the most ever by a Rockies pitcher before the All-Star game break.

His latest stint on the DL is retroactive to July 17. The Rockies called up left-hander Cory Vance from Triple-A Colorado Springs to fill the rotation.

New York Mets: Outfielder Cliff Floyd was placed on the disabled list Tuesday due to an injured right Achilles' tendon that will require season-ending surgery on Aug. 29.

Floyd played in pain most of the season, struggling to run the bases or track down balls in the outfield. He decided to have the surgery last week.

He finished his season hitting .290 with 18 homers and 68 RBI in 365 at-bats. In the four games after he announced his season would end, Floyd went 11-for-15 (.733) with five runs and six RBI.

Floyd was replaced on the roster by outfielder Jeff Duncan, who was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk of the International League. Duncan was optioned to Norfolk last week to make room for Mike Piazza.

New York Yankees: The Yankees recalled outfielder Juan Rivera from Triple-A Columbus of the International League after Tuesday night's victory over the Kansas City Royals.

To make room on the roster, the Yankees sent right-hander Jorge DePaula to Columbus.

Rivera, who hit .237 with one home run and 11 RBI before being sent down on July 7, will platoon with Karim Garcia in right field. Rivera hit .325 with seven homers and 37 RBI in 79 games with the Clippers.

Garcia homered in his third consecutive game Tuesday, helping the Yankees win 6-3.

"I think we'll just see who's swinging the bat well and I think both guys understand that they both can't play,'' manager Joe Torre said. "That makes my life easier.''

Tampa Bay Devil Rays: Outfielder Adam Piatt was claimed off waivers from Oakland.

Piatt batted .240 with four home runs and 15 RBI in 47 games this season with Oakland. He was designated for assignment by the A's on Aug. 13 when the team activated Jim Mecir from the disabled list.

Piatt will join the Devil Rays in Baltimore on Wednesday, when the team will make a corresponding roster move, general manager Chuck LaMar said.

Oakland Athletics: The team plans to retire Reggie Jackson's No. 9 next season, apparently mending a rift between the team and the Hall of Famer.

"When I look out there to the outfield wall, I always wonder why Reggie's number isn't retired," owner Steve Schott said in Tuesday's editions of the San Francisco Chronicle. "Having him consent to this is a real positive thing. He's an integral part of the franchise's tradition, and his number ought to be retired."

A team spokesman confirmed the plans Tuesday. Jackson's agent, Matt Merola, said Jackson would not comment until a date is set for the ceremony.

Even though the A's are an original American League franchise, the team has retired fewer numbers than any other in the league except the Mariners, Rangers and Devil Rays. Only Catfish Hunter (27) and Rollie Fingers (34) have had their numbers retired.

Jackson played his first nine major league seasons in Oakland, where he won his only regular-season MVP award and hit 269 of his 563 career home runs.

The Yankees retired his No. 44 in 1993, the year he was inducted into the Hall of Fame as a Yankee.