Originally created 05/26/06

Mets pick up pitcher



NEW YORK - The New York Mets made another trade to help their injury-depleted pitching staff Thursday, acquiring Dave Williams from the Cincinnati Reds for a minor leaguer.

The Reds got right-hander Robert Manuel in the deal and assigned him to Class-A Dayton. They also sent about $500,000 to the Mets to cover half of Williams' remaining salary this season. Williams is making $1.4 million this year.

The 27-year-old lefty was designated for assignment by Cincinnati on Saturday. He was 2-3 with a 7.20 ERA in eight starts.

"We've added to our stockpile of pitching," Mets general manager Omar Minaya said. "It enables us to fill some holes caused by the injuries to some of the players we had. It gives us numbers."

In his previous start, Williams gave up six runs in three innings of Cincinnati's 9-8 victory over Pittsburgh on Thursday.

He went 10-11 with a 4.25 ERA for the Pirates last season and is 19-29 with a 4.56 ERA in 74 major league games, including 66 starts.

RANGERS: Texas rookie second baseman Ian Kinsler, who was hitting .476 when he dislocated his left thumb the second week of the season, was activated from the disabled list and was back in the Rangers starting lineup.

Outfielder Adrian Brown was designated for assignment.

Mark DeRosa, the primary second baseman while Kinsler was out, started Thursday night in right field against Oakland.

"It feels great," Kinsler said. "I'm excited, it feels good to be back in the clubhouse, back where I started the season."

Kinsler got hurt when he slid into second base on an attempted steal April 11.

The converted shortstop made his major league debut playing in eight of the Rangers' first nine games, and was 10-for-21 with a homer and two RBI.

"Everyone goes through streaks like that. It just happened for me the first week of the season," the 23-year-old Kinsler said. "I'm going to try to keep it moving forward from here."

DeRosa came off the DL from a sprained left foot April 30. He went into Thursday night's game hitting .338 with three home runs and 14 RBI in 24 games.

ROYALS: Kansas City optioned right-hander Leo Nunez to Triple-A Omaha on Thursday and purchased the contract of right-hander Bobby Keppel from Omaha.

Keppel signed a minor league free agent contract on Aug. 23, 2005, and is looking to make his major league debut since being selected in the first round of the 2000 draft by the New York Mets.

Nunez allowed one hit and one run in 2Q innings in Kansas City's 6-3 loss to Detroit on Wednesday.