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Tigers Place Fick on 15-Day DL

July 7, 2000

DETROIT (AP) _ Catcher-first baseman Robert Fick was placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Detroit Tigers Friday after separating his right shoulder.

The Tigers also demoted reliever Steve Sparks to Toledo, their Triple-A affiliate, and called up catcher Javier Cardona and utilityman Jose Macias.

Fick has appeared in 50 games for the Tigers this season. He was injured after colliding with the Devil Rays’ Bobby Smith in the third inning of Wednesday’s game at Tampa Bay. He was hitting .250 with two home runs and 18 RBIs.

Sparks was sent to the minors after making four appearances with the Tigers. He was 0-1 with an 8.44 ERA and one save.

Cardona hit .278 with 11 homers and 43 RBIs this season for Toledo, while Macias hit .231 in 33 games.

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