Mets activate reliever Mota, put him in middle

NEW YORK -- Reliever Guillermo Mota was added to the
New York Mets' roster when he reported Tuesday and reliever Royce Ring
was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk.

The Mets acquired the right-handed Mota from the
Cleveland Indians on Sunday for a player to be named. He was available for
Tuesday night's game against St. Louis.

The 33-year-old Mota was 1-3 with a 6.21 ERA in 34 games before
the Indians designated him for assignment. He originally signed
with the Mets as a shortstop in 1990.

"When you sit in the bullpen and don't pitch, nothing is going
good," Mota said. "I want to pitch, so I am coming to a team that
wants me."

Mets general manager Omar Minaya said Mota had enjoyed success
in the National League, adding that he was a coveted middle
reliever only a few years ago. Also, Minaya liked the idea of
reuniting Mota with a familiar batterymate.

"When he was pitching good, Paul Lo Duca was his catcher,"
Minaya said.

The Mets began the day with a 13 ½-game lead over Philadelphia in
the NL East.

Ring, a 25-year-old lefty, was 0-0 with a 2.25 ERA in four games
for the Mets.