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Pirates Place disgruntled Mondesi on Restricted List

Postby WebHamster » Tue May 11, 2004 6:00 pm

Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Pittsburgh Pirates rightfielder Raul Mondesi, who left the team on Saturday and told a reporter that he will not play again this season, was placed on Major League Baseball's Restricted List on Tuesday.

Mondesi was placed on the restricted list due to his failure to report to Colorado for the Pirates series beginning tonight.

The loss of Mondesi does not count toward a spot on Pittsburgh's 25-man or 40- man roster. Also per MLB rules, Mondesi will not be paid while on the list.

To take the place of Mondesi the Pirates have purchased the contract of first baseman/outfielder Daryle Ward from Triple-A Nashville.

The Pirates said Saturday that Mondesi went to the Dominican Republic to address personal issues.

"I won't play another game this season," Mondesi said Monday in an interview with an international wire service reporter. "I can't concentrate well enough to play baseball. I don't want to become a distraction for the team. This is the best for the Pirates, for myself and my family," he told The Associated Press.

In February, a Dominican civil court ruled that Mondesi owed former major leaguer Mario Guerrero over $600,000 for working with him on improving his baseball skills. Mondesi's reason for leaving the team his uncertain at this point.

Mondesi appealed the ruling, but his paychecks have been withheld and placed in an interest-bearing account because of ruling in the Dominican Republic.

The 33-year-old Mondesi, who signed a one-year contract with Pittsburgh as a free agent in the offseason, is batting .280 with two homers and 14 RBI in 26 games for the Pirates. The former NL Rookie of the Year, All-Star and two-time Gold Glove winner is playing with his fifth team since making his major league debut with the Dodgers in 1993.
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