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More bad news for Indians: 3 pitchers go on DL

Just when the Indians thought they were finally healthy _ they aren't.

Starting pitchers Jaret Wright and Charles Nagy were placed on the 15-day disabled list Thursday, just hours before getting back manager Charlie Manuel from May 5 colon surgery.

And the news got worse. Reliever Ricardo Rincon was placed on the 15-day DL before Thursday's game. The left-hander has bone spurs that will require surgery, and Manuel said Rincon could be out until August.

An MRI exam performed on Wright late Wednesday revealed a strained right shoulder.

APPEALS HEARD: Frank Robinson, baseball's director of on-field operations, heard the appeals for three of the Tigers suspended for the April 22 brawl against the White Sox.

Robert Fick, Juan Encarnacion and Luis Polonia met with Robinson at a downtown Cleveland hotel along with Paul Beeston, baseball's chief operating officer.

Robinson is not expected to make a decision for a few days.

"I feel pretty good about it," Polonia said.

Fick was suspended for five games and Encarnacion and Polonia for three apiece for their part in the brawl. Tigers manager Phil Garner, reliever Doug Brocail and third baseman Dean Palmer have served their suspensions.

Coach Juan Samuel, whose suspension was reduced from 15 to 10 games after an appeal, was back on the field for Thursday night's game against the Indians.

Encarnacion was not in the lineup, but it was not related to his suspension.

CARDINALS: Outfielder Eric Davis, 37, said he probably will retire after the season. He said he'd like to spend more time with is wife and two daughters.

"There's about an 80 percent chance I'll retire," Davis said. "It's something that I've been contemplating for a while."

Davis was diagnosed with colon cancer in 1997 but came back to resume his career.

METS: Right-hander Bobby J. Jones was activated from the disabled list and Bill Pulsipher was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk.

ORIOLES: First baseman Will Clark was activated from the 15-day disabled list. Clark, 36, injured his left hamstring while scoring in the 7-6 win over Anaheim on May 2.

PIRATES: Outfielder Wilfredo Cordero has temporary custody of his two children after his wife was arrested on drug charges.

Ana Berta Echeverria Morales, 34, was arrested Wednesday after police found a half-pound of marijuana in her home in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, officials said. Three others were arrested in the raid. A court hearing in the case was set for Monday.

RANGERS: Right-handed reliever Dan Kolb was recalled from Oklahoma and left-handed starter Doug Davis was optioned to the team's Triple-A team.

_ TIMES WIRES

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