Viera, FL (Sports Network) - The Montreal Expos made several moves Saturday in order to set their roster for the start of the 2004 regular season.
Starting pitcher Tony Armas Jr. (right shoulder), reliever Joey Eischen (elbow surgery) and third baseman Scott Hodges (strained right quadriceps) were placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 26.
Meanwhile, first baseman Nick Johnson (back) was put on the 15-day DL, retroactive to March 31, while relief pitcher Dan Smith went on the 60-day disabled list (shoulder), retroactive to March 26.
Johnson was acquired by Montreal in the offseason trade that sent pitcher Javier Vazquez to the New York Yankees. He batted .284 with 14 homers and 47 RBI in 96 games for New York last season.
Armas missed the majority of the 2003 campaign because of shoulder problems. He was placed on the DL on April 21 and underwent surgery a month later to have slight tears in his rotator cuff and shoulder repaired. He ended the season 2-1 with a 2.61 ERA over five starts.
In other news, the club sent pitcher T.J. Tucker, outfielder Endy Chavez and infielder Henry Mateo to Triple-A Edmonton and assigned pitcher Shawn Hill to Double-A Harrisburg.
Finally, pitcher Jeremy Fikac and infielder Luis Lopez were added to the major league roster from Edmonton.