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May 22, 2004


Placed catcher GERALD LAIRD on the 15-day Disabled List. Transferred pitcher COLBY LEWIS from the 15-day to the 60-day Disabled List. Added catcher KEN HUCKABY to the 40-man roster and recalled him from AAA Oklahoma.

A truly disheartening injury. Already known as a defensive whiz, Laird had proven a capable hitter in posting a line of .295/.369/.379 in parts of 2003 and 2004. A home plate collision with Ken Harvey tore a ligament in his catching thumb and will shelve him for three months. Huckaby hadn't hit a lick in AAA (.241/.289/.368) but got the nod over Danny Ardoin because of his game-calling and "extra coach" skills. Rod Barajas, signed as insurance prior to the season, becomes the primary catcher.

Posted by Lucas at May 22, 2004 01:28 PM