Originally created 08/09/99

Jackets prepare for stretch run



Sunday was a busy day for roster moves as the GreenJackets gear up for the home stretch.

Outfielder Johnny Oliver and starting pitcher Mike Mowel were placed on the disabled list, and the Red Sox promoted right-handed relief pitcher Daniel Giese and outfielder Brian Weise from Lowell of the short-season New York-Penn League to fill the vacancies.

Oliver, who is suffering from lower back and hamstring problems, will head to Fort Myers for rehab. After Sunday's 6-2 win over Savannah, manager Billy Gardner said the former first-round pick could return this season.

Mowel, a promising right-hander who is 5-13 and is tied for most losses in the SAL, is not injured but is likely done for the season. The Red Sox feel the 20-year-old has thrown enough innings this season (101) and do not want to risk injury.

The 22-year-old Giese, Boston's 34th-round pick in June out of the University of San Diego, was 3-0 with two saves and a 1.83 ERA at Lowell. The 22-year-old Weise, Boston's 10th-round pick in June out of Mississippi State, batted .320 with five homers and 16 RBI in 75 at-bats at Lowell.

Right-hander Lance Surridge, used primarily as a reliever this season, will make his fifth start tonight in Mowel's place to open a seven-game road trip in Columbus.

The Red Sox also promoted outfielder Jeff Key to high-Class A Sarasota of the Florida State League after the game. The Covington, Ga., native batted .212 with four home runs and 27 RBI in 255 at-bats.

TEE BALL:

Outfielder Tee Brown did not play Sunday for only the second time this season. The slick-fielding center fielder has started 109 of the Jackets' 111 games. Only three others have played in 90-or-more games -- infielders Angel Santos (103) and Alex Ahumada (100) and outfielder Angel Mendoza (92).

CAMP TIME:

Pitching coach Larry Pierson is holding a three-day instructional pitching camp Aug 17-19 for boys ages 12-and-up.

Registration deadline is Aug. 13. Cost is $75. For more information, call the Jackets at 736-7889.

CAMP TIME II:

Augusta-area Boy Scouts held a sleep-over on the field at The Lake on Sunday night. The Jackets were expecting 300 campers. Several area Girl Scout troops camped out at the ballpark earlier this season.

Rob Mueller covers minor league baseball for The Augusta Chronicle. He can be reached at (706) 823-3425 or robm99@hotmail.com.