Monday, June 28, 2004

White Sox solidify rotation for race

The Associated Press

CHICAGO - The Chicago White Sox acquired right-hander Freddy Garcia from the Seattle Mariners on Sunday, bolstering their starting rotation for the AL Central race.

The White Sox gave up young catcher Miguel Olivo, top prospect Jeremy Reed and minor-league infielder Michael Morse in the trade. Chicago also gets catcher Ben Davis and cash from the Mariners.

Garcia, who can become a free agent after this season, will pitch for White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, one of his best friends. Garcia was 4-7 with a 3.20 ERA in 15 starts for Seattle this season. The two-time All-Star is 76-50 in his six-year career with a 3.89 ERA.

"We have an opportunity to challenge for the division in a better way," White Sox general manager Ken Williams said.

CUBS: Kerry Wood threw a three-inning simulated game Sunday in another step toward overcoming a sore triceps muscle in his pitching arm.

On the disabled list since May 12, Wood threw 42 pitches in the workout at Wrigley Field.

"It's kind of what I expected. I was expecting to go out there today with no pain," said Wood, who threw to switch-hitting Jose Macias.

• The Cubs put reliever Mike Remlinger back on the disabled list with a sore left shoulder.

INDIANS: C.C. Sabathia will be examined by two more doctors after making only eight pitches Saturday night because of a sore left shoulder.

Indians trainer Lonnie Soloff said the left-hander was to see team physician Dr. Mark Schickendantz on Sunday afternoon and go to Birmingham, Ala., today for an examination by noted sports orthopedic doctor James Andrews.

ROCKIES: Colorado catcher Charles Johnson left the Rockies' game against Cleveland on Sunday after being hit on the left elbow by a pitch.

X-rays were negative, but Johnson is uncertain when he might be able to return.

ATHLETICS: Oakland recalled right-handed pitcher Kirk Saarloos from Triple-A Sacramento to add depth to their overworked bullpen and to make a spot start this week.

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