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Mets trade Fernandez to Toronto

The floundering New York Mets gave up on All-Star shortstop Tony Fernandez, trading him to the Toronto Blue Jays for outfielder Darrin Jackson on Friday.

Ironically, both were with the San Diego Padres last season.

Fernandez, a four-time All-Star who played for Toronto from 1983 to 1990, was traded to the Padres with first baseman Fred McGriff for outfielder Joe Carter and second baseman Roberto Alomar on Dec. 5, 1990.

After two seasons with San Diego, Fernandez, a .285 lifetime hitter, was dealt to the Mets on Oct. 26, 1992, for pitcher Wally Whitehust and outfielder D.J. Dozier.

Fernandez, who was injured part of the season, did not prosper with the struggling Mets, batting only .225 with one home run, 14 RBI and six stolen bases.

With Toronto, Fernandez, who will be 31 on June 30, twice hit .300 _ .310 in 1986 and .322 in 1987 _ and was a key player in the Blue Jays twice winning the American League East.

Fernandez was an All-Star in 1986, 1987 and 1989 with Toronto and last year with San Diego.

Jackson, 29, was a bust in his short stay with the Blue Jays. After being acquired from San Diego this year for outfielder Derek Bell, Jackson hit only .216 in 46 games with five homers and 19 RBI.

In his only two full seasons with the Padres, Jackson hit 21 homers with 49 RBI in 1991 and 17 homers with 70 RBI last year.

The Mets had good news and bad news on the injury front.

Bret Saberhagen, who left Thursday night's 7-6 loss to Philadelphia after five scoreless innings with shoulder stiffness, showed no damage during a magnetic resonance imaging test at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan. Saberhagen, 3-5 with a 3.24 ERA, is not expected to miss a start.

Third baseman Howard Johnson was diagnosed with a viral infection and sent home. Johnson made only a pinch-running appearance Thursday night and is not expected to play at all this weekend.

Johnson, batting .243 with 22 RBI, will have additional tests today.

The Mets cut relief pitcher Paul Gibson and called up rookie right-hander Dave Telgheder from Norfolk of the International League.

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