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May 25, 2004

Transaction

Placed outfielders KEVIN MENCH and BRIAN JORDAN on the 15-day Disabled List. Transferred catcher GERALD LAIRD from the 15-day to the 60-day Disabled List. Added outfielders CHAD ALLEN and GARY MATTHEWS JR. to the 40-man roster and recalled them from AAA Oklahoma.

Oy. Mench pulled an oblique muscle throwing out Alex Rodriguez at home plate, while Jordan really has never recovered from last year's knee injury. Jordan, batting .109 with no power, is no loss, but Mench had started nearly every game and was the only outfielder not in a platoon situation. Mench could return in the minimum time, Jordan may need surgery. Allen and Matthews have hit extremely well in AAA but their Major League accomplishments are modest. Texas' starting outfield on the 25th consisted of Allen, Eric Young and Matthews, and Laird can't return before late July regardless of health. Again, oy.

Posted by Lucas at May 25, 2004 01:29 PM