Saturday, August 16, 2003

Redman worries about ump Wolf's family ties


Major-league notebook

The Associated Press

MIAMI - Left-hander Mark Redman says there's a perception problem involving umpire Jim Wolf, brother of Phillies pitcher Randy Wolf.

The Marlins and Phillies are battling for the National League wild card. Jim Wolf, a Triple-A umpire who fills in for vacationing major-league umps, worked the Marlins-Dodgers series this week, and Redman questioned three of his calls in Florida's 6-4 loss Thursday.

Redman stopped short of saying Wolf let his family connection influence calls but said, "I guarantee that crosses every player's mind."

Wolf declined to comment, but crew chief Larry Young defended his colleague.

"(Wolf) doesn't perceive it to be a problem, and I do not, either," Young said. "He could care less about the pennant race."

TV replays showed Wolf blew a call Thursday when he ruled Jeromy Burnitz safe on an infield hit. Redman complained to Wolf.

"I told him, 'You're better than that,' " Redman said. "I don't think he liked it too much."

RANGERS: Right-hander Chan Ho Park, who signed a $65 million contract with Texas before last season, will miss the rest of this season because of a back injury. He went 1-3 with a 7.58 ERA in seven starts.

ORIOLES: Rick Helling was designated for assignment. He went 7-8 with a 5.71 ERA in 24 starts and yielded 30 home runs, including 10 in his last three starts.

The Orioles have 10 days to trade or release him. If no move is made, Helling could opt to pitch in the team's minor-league system, but the right-hander indicated he is headed out of the organization.

"I wish them nothing but the best," Helling said of the Orioles.

INDIANS: Milton Bradley was placed on the 15-day disabled list because of a bruised lower back, and the team said its center fielder will be out at least four weeks. He's batting .321 - third in the American League - with 10 homers and a team-leading 56 RBI in 101 games.

ROCKIES: Colorado placed backup catcher Bobby Estalella on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Aug. 11, because of inflammation in his right elbow.

YANKEES: Right-hander Jon Lieber pitched in a game for the first time since undergoing elbow surgery one year ago.

Lieber allowed two runs and three hits over two innings in a Gulf Coast League game against the Phillies. Both runs scored on a misplayed fly ball.

PIEROGIES TRIUMPH: The Pirates' racing pierogies - a knockoff of the Brewers' costumed sausages that stage in-game races at Miller Park - easily won the mascots' match race Friday at PNC Park.




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