Tuesday, September 03, 2002

Pirates coach mum on Rios benching

Baseball notebook

The Associated Press

        ATLANTA - Pittsburgh Pirates right-fielder Armando Rios was abruptly removed from Monday's game against the Braves in the third inning.

        Pirates manager Lloyd McClendon wouldn't discuss the move, but it was clear that Rios wasn't hurt.

        “It was a managerial decision,” McClendon said. “We don't discuss what goes on within our Pirates family, particularly things that go on within our clubhouse.”

        Rios, batting just .236, grounded out to end the second inning. In the bottom of the third, he was replaced in right field by Adam Hydzu.

        “You can write what you want to write,” McClendon told reporters. “He came out of the game and that's it.”

        Rios wasn't available for comment afterward.

        Reporters were kept out of the clubhouse longer than the 10-minute cooling-off period. Rios never came to his locker after the media was let in.

        A'S: Oakland reliever Jim Mecir began serving his three-game suspension for hitting Chicago White Sox shortstop Royce Clayton with a pitch two weeks ago.

        BLUE JAYS: Toronto right-hander Chris Carpenter will undergo season-ending surgery on his right shoulder Wednesday. He has been on the disabled list since Aug.14.

        BREWERS: Milwaukee outfielder Alex Sanchez (broken ankle) and reliever Shane Nance (biceps) are expected to be ready for spring training after undergoing surgery.

        CUBS: Chicago placed young right-hander Mark Prior on the disabled list with a strained hamstring, an injury that will take at least three or four weeks to heal.

        Prior, the No.2 pick in the 2001 amateur draft, went 6-6 with a 3.32 ERA in 19 starts. He struck out 147 and walked 38 in 1162-3 innings.

        RED SOX: Boston ace Pedro Martinez will miss his scheduled start today against the New York Yankees because of a strained left hip. Frank Castillo (5-12) will pitch in Martinez's place.

        Martinez (17-4) isn't expected to pitch until the Red Sox return home Thursday for a series against Toronto.


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