Indians Complete Deal, Get OF From Cards
By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer
CLEVELAND (AP) - The Cleveland Indians completed the July 19 trade that sent pitcher Chuck Finley to St. Louis, acquiring outfielder Covelli Crisp from the Cardinals on Tuesday.
The club continued to shuffle players, sending pitcher Jaret Wright back to the minors to get some work, and bringing back outfielder Karim Garcia.
Right-hander Jason Phillips filled Wright's roster spot and with Garcia rejoining the Indians, outfielder Chris Magruder was sent to Triple-A Buffalo.
The 22-year-old Crisp was the Cardinals' minor league player of the year in 2001. He has spent this season at Double-A Hew Haven, batting .301 with nine homers, 47 RBIs and 26 steals in 89 games.
A switch-hitter, Crisp will report to Cleveland's Double-A affiliate in Akron.
Last month, the Indians sent Finley to the Cardinals for outfielder Luis Garcia, currently in Akron, and a player to be named.
Garcia was named the top player in St. Louis' minor league system after hitting .306 with 11 homers, 47 RBIs and 39 steals at Class A Potomac.
He was drafted by the Cardinals in the seventh round of the 1999 draft.
Wright, has had two shoulder surgeries in the past three years, had three ineffective starts with the Indians. The one-time playoff star as a 21-year-old in 1997, Wright went 0-2 with a 16.62 ERA.
"He needs to go down and be able to compete," said Indians interim manager Joel Skinner. "He's gotten over the physical barriers and the surgeries, but there are some competitive barriers he has to get through."
Magruder played in 57 games, batting .229 with six homers and 23 RBIs. He also gave the Indians a spark off the bench and played all three outfield positions.
Skinner said Magruder showed that he could be an everyday major league player, but he still needs to improve in several areas. Skinner said the Indians would rather see Magruder getting at-bats in Buffalo then sitting the bench.
"Yeah, he's going back to the minors," Skinner said. "But he's going back as a guy who has done some things."
Karim Garcia was released by the Indians in spring training when they couldn't find a roster spot for the 26-year-old. Now, the club is glad to have him back.
Garcia was re-signed by Cleveland on July 13 after he was released by the New York Yankees at the end of June.
He played in 20 games as a September callup with the Indians last season. Garcia, who started Tuesday night's game against Tampa Bay, was batting .396 with three homers and 22 RBIs for Buffalo. He had a 19-game hitting streak when he left.
Garcia has been with six clubs since being signed as a free agent by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1992.
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