Around the Majors: Griffey goes on the DL

1) The Reds placed CF Ken Griffey Jr. on the 15 day DL, called up OF John Vander Wal and moved RF Austin Kearns from the 15 to the 60 day DL.

Griffey has a torn right hamstring.

After -2 RCAA/.756 OPS and 4 RCAA/.818 OPS seasons, Vander Wal hasn’t made his 2004 debut yet. He has a .798 career OPS, compared to his league average of .768, and 22 RCAA in 1330 games.

2) Diamondbacks P Randy Johnson says he’s open to the idea of accepting a trade. According to the Boston Herald, the Diamondbacks have been speaking to the Yankees, Angels, Cubs, Redsox and Whitesox about Johnson.

There’s been a rumor that the Redsox are considering trading SS Nomar Garciaparra to the Cubs for prospects, who would then be used as part of a package for Johnson. But, several papers have subsequently reported nothing will happen on that front any time soon, if at all.

3) According to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the Mariners will either release or designate John Olerud for assignment today.

4) The Whitesox passed the Twins into 1st place in the AL Central.

5) Sammy Sosa watch–hit #555, is 8 behind Reggie Jackson for 8th place on the all time HR list.

6) Carlos Delgado tied Reggie Smith for 90th place on the all time HR list, with 314.

7) The Cubs activated Ps Kerry Wood and Mike Remlinger from the DL and sent Ps Jon Leicester and Michael Wuertz to the minors.

After 3.66 ERA/8 RSAA and 3.20 ERA/24 RSAA seasons, Wood is off to a 2.82 ERA/7 RSAA start in his first 7 starts. He has a 3.58 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.30, and 61 RSAA in 149 games.

After 1.99 ERA/16 RSAA and 3.65 ERA/4 RSAA seasons, Remlinger is off to a 5.40 ERA/-1 RSAA start in his first 13 games. He has a 3.80 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.28, and 42 RSAA in 525 games.

Leicester had a 2.63 ERA/2 RSAA in his first 8 career games.

Wuertz had a 6.75 ERA/-5 RSAA in his first 20 career games.

8) The Astros fired manager Jimy Williams and named Phil Garner as interim manager.

9) The Indians activated P Rafael Betancourt from the DL and sent P Cliff Bartosh to the minors.

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Betancourt has a 3.28 ERA/9 RSAA in 68 career games, including a 4.50 ERA/0 RSAA in 35 games in 2004.

Bartosh had a 7.45 ERA/-3 RSAA in his first 21 career games.

10) The Tigers called up P Wil Ledezma and sent P Franklyn German to the minors.

In 2003, Ledezma had a 5.79 ERA/-14 RSAA in his first 34 career games (8 starts) and hasn’t made his 2004 debut yet.

German has a 5.66 ERA/-9 RSAA in 58 career games, including a 10.38 ERA/-3 RSAA in 6 games in 2004.

11) The Twins activated LF Shannon Stewart from the DL and sent OF Michael Restovich to the minors.

After 19 RCAA/.813 OPS and 14 RCAA/.823 OPS seasons, Stewart is hitting .403 SLG, .396 OBA, .799 OPS, 5 RCAA in his first 31 games. He has a .816 career OPS, compared to his league average of .773, and 99 RCAA in 951 games.

Restovich has 0 RCAA/.807 OPS in 48 career games, including a .368 SLG, .333 OBA, .702 OPS, -1 RCAA in 16 games in 2004.

12) The Yankees sent P Juan Padilla to the minors when they called up P Orlando Hernandez.

13) The Mariners sent P Matt Thornton to the minors.

Thornton had a 6.35 ERA/-3 RSAA in his first 3 career games (1 start).

14) The Rangers signed INF Andy Fox to a minor league contract.

After -9 RCAA/.671 OPS and -9 RCAA/.528 OPS seasons, Fox had a .163 SLG, .093 OBA, .256 OPS, -7 RCAA in 34 games with the 2004 Expos. He has a .664 career OPS, compared to his league average of .778, and -65 RCAA in 764 games.

15) The Indians sent P Jose Jimenez to the minors after he cleared waivers. Jimenez was removed from the 25 and 40 man rosters when he was designated for assignment on July 6.

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