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Fetters, Valentin back with Brewers

May 6, 1997

MILWAUKEE (AP) _ The Milwaukee Brewers welcomed back two of their best players on Monday when they reinstated shortstop Jose Valentin and closer Mike Fetters from the 15-day DL.

Valentin missed three weeks with a broken left middle finger. He took the roster spot vacated by utility infielder Tim Unroe, who was optioned to Triple-A Tucson.

The Brewers also sent right-handed reliever Al Reyes to Tucson to make room for Fetters, who’s been on the DL all season with a strained left hamstring. Reyes was called up on Saturday and pitched an inning Sunday.

After the Brewers’ 11-7 victory over Oakland, manager Phil Garner sent left-handed reliever Angel Miranda to the 15-day DL even though he threw well during a pregame workout and said his throwing shoulder was no longer sore.

Left-hander Joel Adamson was activated to take Miranda’s spot.

Garner said Reyes was sent down because Fetters is serving as a setup man to interim closer Doug Jones for at least a couple games, so ``that’s just a duplication of roles.″

Fetters made two rehabilitation appearances with Tucson April 30 and May 2. He threw 1 2-3 innings, allowed one hit and two runs and walked two batters.

``Everything went well as far as physically,″ Fetters said. ``The linescores don’t show it, but I felt good. I’m ready to go.″

The Brewers are also keeping a close eye on No. 1 starter Ben McDonald, who’s scheduled to start against Oakland on Tuesday night.

McDonald, who’s been experiencing stiffness behind his right shoulder, might go on the 15-day DL if he’s still hurting during warmups.

Unroe joined the Brewers on April 23 after second baseman Fernando Vina was placed on the 60-day DL with a broken ankle.

He went 1-for-5, and that one hit was a grand slam at Seattle on Saturday after he was informed of his pending demotion to the minors.

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