Trappers make three roster moves
EDMONTON, AB - The Edmonton Trapper Baseball Club announced three roster moves today. Infielder Scott Hodges has been placed on the seven-day disabled list with lower back pain. Catcher Randy Knorr has been activated from the disabled list and should be available for today's game against the Tucson Sidewinders. In addition, infielder Julius Matos has been traded to the Toronto Blue Jays for a player to be named later. Edmonton's roster currently stands at 22 players; 11 pitchers, three catchers, four infielders and four outfielders, plus five players (right-hander Seung Song, infielder Henry Mateo, right-hander Christian Parker, infielder Maicer Izturis and infielder Scott Hodges) on the disabled list.
Hodges, 25, was hitting .212 (25-for-118) with one home run and 18 RBI in 38 games before being placed on the disabled list. The native of Louisville, Kentucky was selected in the first round (38th overall) by Montreal in the 1997 draft and has spent his entire career in the Expos' organization. He spent last season in Edmonton, his first full Triple-A year, batting .288 (139-for-482) with 12 home runs and 66 RBI in 126 games. Hodges is a career .273 (761-for-2790) hitter with 55 home runs and 391 RBI in 754 minor league games.
Knorr, 35, was hitting .314 (37-for-118) with one home run and 20 RBI in 33 games before being placed on the disabled list on May 31. He spent last season with the Trappers batting .304 (96-for-316) with seven home runs and 48 RBI in 88 games. Knorr was selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 10th round of the 1986 draft and spent 10 seasons in the Blue Jays organization. He signed as a free agent with the Expos on November 17, 2000 and has been with the Montreal organization for the past four years. The native of San Gabriel, California is a career .272 (1049-for-3854) hitter with 111 home runs and 550 RBI in 1120 minor league games and a .226 (153-for-676) hitter with 24 home runs and 88 RBI in 253 major league games. He was a member of Toronto's back-to-back World Series Championship clubs in 1992 and 1993.
Matos, 29, was hitting .287 (48-for-167) with two home runs and 22 RBI in 49 games with the Trappers before being traded. Originally selected in the 16th round by the Cleveland Indians in the 1994 draft, Montreal was his fifth Major League organization after signing with the club on December 17, 2003. He split last season between Triple-A Omaha, hitting .289 (107-for-370) with seven homers and 48 RBI in 92 games, and the Kansas City Royals, hitting .263 (15-for-57) with two home runs and seven RBI in 28 games. The native of New York is a career .279 (984-for-3524) hitter with 43 home runs and 375 RBI in 942 minor league games and a .244 (59-for-242) hitter with four home runs and 26 RBI in 104 major league games.
The next Trapper home game will be on Wednesday, June 16 when the club will take on the Tucson Sidewinders. The game will begin at 12:05 PM. Tickets for all regular season home games are on sale and can be purchased through Ticketmaster at 451-8000. Twenty-game packs and 2004 season tickets are also currently on sale at the Trapper General Office. For more information call 414-4450.
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