04/06/2006 3:43 PM ET
Rays DL Julio Lugo; Release RHP Jesus Colome; Sign veteran INF Tomas Perez; Recall RHP Scott Dunn; Acquire RHP Marcos Carvajal from Seattle
BALTIMORE -- The Tampa Bay Devil Rays have placed shortstop Julio Lugo on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 4, with an abdominal strain and released right-handed pitcher Jesus Colome. To replace them, the Rays have
signed switch-hitting veteran major league infielder Tomas Perez to a one-year major league deal and recalled right-handed pitcher Scott Dunn from AAA Durham, it was announced today by Rays Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman. Also, infielder Luis Ordaz has been transferred from the 15- to the 60-day disabled list. He will undergo surgery tomorrow in St. Petersburg by Dr. Koco Eaton to "clean-up" the underside of his left knee cap.
In addition, the Rays have acquired right-handed pitcher Marcos Carvajal from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for minor league right-handed pitcher Jose De La Cruz. Carvajal will report to AA Montgomery.
Perez, 32, was released by the Phillies on April 2. He batted .206 (7-34) this spring in 14 games. The Venezuelan native owns a career average of .244 over all or parts of 10 years in the majors with the Blue Jays (1995-1998) and Phillies (2000-2005). He did not commit an error last season in 94 games at first base, third base and shortstop. He has a career fielding percentage of .977 in 682 big league games, playing all four infield positions. In 2003 for Philadelphia he set career highs in games (125), AB (298), runs (39), hits (79), doubles (18), RBI (33), and total bases (114).
Dunn, 27, was claimed off waivers yesterday from the Los Angeles Angels. He was designated for assignment by the Angels on April 1. He appeared in six spring games with the Angels, posting an 0-2 record with a 10.57 ERA over 7.2 innings pitched. He was originally a 10th round selection by the Cincinnati Reds in 1999 and also pitched in the White Sox system. He spent all of last season at AAA Salt Lake, going 5-7 with 9 saves and a 3.82 ERA in 47 games (6 starts). He has appeared in three major league games, with the Angels in 2004. He owns a career minor league record of 51-32,
20 svs, 3.74 ERA in 240 games (85 starts), with 737 strikeouts in 701 innings pitched.
Carvajal, 21, was a Rule 5 selection in 2005 and spent the entire season in the Colorado Rockies bullpen following a trade from the Milwaukee Brewers. He went 0-2 with a 5.09 ERA in 39 appearances. Following the season he was dealt to the Mariners for catcher Yorvit Torrealba. He appeared in two games for the Mariners this spring before being optioned to AA San Antonio on March 15. He was designated for assignment by Seattle on April 1. A native of Venezuela, he was originally signed by the Dodgers as a non-drafted free agent in 2000 and owns a 10-7 career minor league record with four saves and a 2.10 ERA in 82 games (11 starts).
De La Cruz, 22, has spent three seasons in the Rays minor league system, pitching all of last season at Class A Southwest Michigan, going 3-6 with a 3.94 ERA, while topping all Tampa Bay farmhands with 50 appearances and 19 saves.
Colome, 28, has appeared in 186 games for the Rays, 4th most in team history, since being acquired from Oakland on July, 28, 2000. He owns an 11-22 record with five saves and a 4.73 ERA.