Tuesday, April 27, 2004

Mariners designate Jarvis and his $4.25M contract



The Assocaited Press

SEATTLE - The Seattle Mariners designated right-hander Kevin Jarvis for assignment Monday, then waited to see if they will have to cover his $4.25 million contract.

Jarvis, who went 1-0 with an 8.31 ERA in eight relief appearances this season, joined the Mariners in the six-player trade that sent infielder Jeff Cirillo to San Diego in January.

The Mariners recalled lefty Matt Thornton from Triple-A Tacoma, and it's likely they'll bring back right-hander Rafael Soriano from a rehab assignment in the minors within the next week.

Jarvis, who pitched for the Reds from 1994-97, is due $4.25 million in the final year of a $9 million, three-year contract he signed after leading San Diego with 12 wins in 2001. Slowed by elbow trouble, he's won seven games over the last three seasons.

The Mariners have 10 days to decide to send Jarvis to the minors, but he has enough service time to block that move. The team's alternatives are to trade or release him.

The 34-year-old Jarvis has allowed 20 hits in 13 innings, including eight hits and seven earned runs in three innings over his last two outings.

SHORT HOPS: The Atlanta Braves placed outfielder Chipper Jones on the 15-day disabled list Monday with a strained right hamstring, the star's first stint on the DL since 1996.

The move is retroactive to April 19, and Atlanta recalled infielder Mike Hessman from Triple-A Richmond to take Jones' roster spot.

Jones re-injured his hamstring in a 3-2 win over the Florida Marlins on April 18 while trying to chase down a fly ball in the left-center gap. He had to be taken off the field on a cart. He originally hurt the hamstring April 11 against the Chicago Cubs and missed two games.

The Braves needed another healthy player because outfielder Eli Marrero has the flu and first baseman Julio Franco is already on the disabled list.

• The Pittsburgh Pirates put first baseman Randall Simon on the disabled list Monday with a strained left hamstring and recalled first baseman Carlos Rivera from Triple-A Nashville.

Rivera was in the lineup for Monday's game against Cincinnati.

• Red Sox designated hitter Ellis Burks was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday and will have surgery today to repair torn cartilage in his left knee.

Burks has played nine games this season, hitting .133 with one home run and one RBI. It's not certain how long he will be sidelined.

• The San Francisco Giants purchased the contract of 31-year-old infielder Deivi Cruz Monday from Triple-A Fresno to boost their stretched infield. To clear a roster spot, the team placed right-hander Dustin Hermanson on the 15-day disabled list with a lower back strain, a move retroactive to April 21. Cruz was batting .310 (13-for-42) with a home run and six RBIs.




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