Thursday, June 5, 2003

Baseball Notebook

Rangers trade unhappy Benes back to Cubs

The Associated Press

ATLANTA - The Texas Rangers traded disgruntled pitcher Alan Benes after he balked at a demotion, sending the right-hander back to the Chicago Cubs for minor-league infielder Steve O'Sullivan on Wednesday.

Benes, who was traded from Chicago to Texas on May 9, went 0-3 with a 12.00 ERA in four starts for the Rangers. He was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma on May 29, but didn't report for a scheduled start Monday.

Benes initially was traded to the Rangers for a player to be named. Team spokesman John Blake said that deal has yet to be resolved, even though Benes is now back with the Cubs.

METS: Starter Pedro Astacio and reliever Scott Strickland probably will have surgery in the next two weeks, ending the right-handers' seasons.

Astacio went on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with a torn labrum in his right shoulder. He will see Angels team physician Dr. Lewis Yocum on Monday and possibly have surgery the following day. Astacio was treated by Yocum in 2001 when inflammation in his right shoulder cut short his year with the Houston Astros on Aug. 23. Astacio began the season on the disabled list with tendinitis in the right shoulder before being activated April 24. He went 3-2 with a 7.36 ERA in seven starts before returning to the DL.

INDIANS: Cleveland right-hander Mark Wohlers, a former Red, is expected to miss the rest of the season after test results revealed ligament damage to his right elbow.

Wohlers has not pitched this season after having surgery to remove bone chips from his elbow in March.

• Infielder Bill Selby was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals for catcher Clint Chauncey of Single-A Peoria of the Midwest League.

SHORT HOPS: The Milwaukee Brewers released injury-plagued outfielder Jeffrey Hammonds on Wednesday, a little more than two seasons after he signed the richest contract in team history.

• St. Louis closer Jason Isringhausen will make his first rehab appearance today for Double-A Tennessee.

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