Wright Sidelined ... Indians Win Behind Colon, Wickman - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Wright Sidelined ... Indians Win Behind Colon, Wickman

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (AP) - Indians pitcher Jaret Wright, coming back from two operations on his right shoulder the past two years, will not pitch for three-to-five days because of tendinitis.

Wright felt some stiffness in his shoulder after pitching one inning on Saturday against Philadelphia. He was examined Sunday by Dr. Mark Shickendantz, who recommended the right-hander take a few days off.

Wright has struggled since 1997, when as a rookie he won three postseason games and started Game 7 of the World Series.

On Monday, left-hander Billy Traber was reassigned to Cleveland's minor league camp. Traber was acquired in December as part of the eight-player deal that sent Alomar to the New York Mets.

Also sent to the minor league camp were right-handers Jason Beverlin and J.D. Brammer, and left-handers Jason Stanford and Dave Maurer.

In addition, the Indians optioned right-handers Sean DePaula, Jeff Paronto and Jason Phillips to Triple-A Buffalo.


DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) - Bartolo Colon allowed two runs and three hits in five innings Monday as the Cleveland Indians defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 3-2.

Colon struck out four and walked one. Winner Bob Wickman pitched two hitless innings, and Alex Herrera had a 1-2-3 ninth for the save.

Colon allowed Eric Hinske's first-inning homer and Dave Berg's fifth-inning RBI single, which scored Jose Cruz Jr.

Cleveland tied it in the seventh and went ahead in the eighth when Matt Lawton doubled off loser Joe Orloski, took third on the pitcher's error and scored on a double play.

Notes: Toronto RHP Chris Carpenter pitched for Triple-A Syracuse against Scranton Wilkes/Barre, allowing one run and two hits in four innings. Closer Kelvim Escobar allowed one run and three hits in two innings. ... Monday marked the 25th anniversary of Toronto's first spring-training game, a 3-1 win over the New York Mets. A day earlier, the Blue Jays' game against Philadelphia was rained out. ... Toronto INF Chris Woodward was a late scratch because of an irritation of his left oblique and is day to day. ... Blue Jays OF Vernon Wells is day to day after injuring his right ankle in Sunday's game against the Reds. X-rays were negative. ... The Blue Jays optioned OF Reed Johnson and LHP Gustavo Chacin to Syracuse of the International League and RHP Joe Orloski to Tennessee of the Southern League.

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