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AROUND THE GRAPEFRUIT LEAGUE

From News Services
Monday, March 21, 2005; Page D05

The Mets plugged a hole in their starting rotation yesterday, acquiring left-hander Kazuhisa Ishii from the Dodgers for catcher Jason Phillips.

The Mets traded for Ishii to fill the void created when they lost Steve Trachsel to a back injury this spring. Trachsel, who made 33 starts for New York last season, had surgery Saturday to repair a herniated disk and will miss at least three to six months.

Injuries

Indians outfielder Jody Gerut, recovering from reconstructive knee surgery, was placed on the 15-day disabled list yesterday and is not expected to begin a minor league rehab assignment until late May or early June. . . . Braves right fielder Raul Mondesi injured his hamstring while running to second base on a sixth-inning double and is expected to miss at least a few games.

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Ishii will step into the number five spot in the rotation behind Pedro Martinez, Tom Glavine, Kris Benson and Victor Zambrano. A backup to Mike Piazza with the Mets, Phillips could become the Dodgers' starting catcher. . . .

Phillies outfielder Marlon Byrd dislocated his right ring finger yesterday in the first inning against the Indians.

After leading off with a single, Byrd was hurt while diving headfirst back into first base on a pickoff attempt by pitcher Jake Westbrook. Byrd was taken to the Phillies' complex in Clearwater, Fla., and was scheduled to have X-rays to determine the extent of the injury. He will probably miss the rest of spring training. . . .

Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter missed yesterday's game against Tampa Bay with a bruised left foot and will be out for the next few days. Jeter was hurt when he fouled a ball of his foot Saturday. X-rays were negative. Center fielder Bernie Williams also missed the game after straining his upper back during batting practice yesterday.

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