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White Sox To Reassign Jason Bere

July 10, 1998

CHICAGO (AP) _ Right-hander Jason Bere, who was unhappy about a move to the bullpen, was designated for assignment Thursday by the Chicago White Sox.

Bere was dropped to make room on the roster for right-hander Matt Karchner, who was activated from the 15-day disabled list. Karchner was sidelined with a strained left adductor muscle.

Bere, 27, was 3-7 with a 6.45 ERA in 18 games, 15 starts. He posted back-to-back 12-win seasons (12-5 in 1993 and 12-2 in 1994), but was 8-15 in 1995, tying for the American League lead in losses. He underwent elbow surgery in Sept. 1996.

He made 101 career starts prior to being assigned to the bullpen this year and made his first relief appearance June 25. He was 3-7 with a 6.34 ERA (54 earned runs in 76 2-3 innings) in 15 starts.

When reassigned to the pen, Bere called the situation ``frustrating.″

``I don’t think pitching an inning or so a week out of the bullpen will do me any good or help the team,″ Bere said on June 24. ``If I’m in their plans for this year or next, you’d think they would want me out there every fifth day.″

When Bere was moved to the pen, his agent Tommy Tanzer called White Sox manager Jerry Manuel a ``clown,″ saying the new skipper didn’t know his client very well.

``That part was ridiculous,″ White Sox general manager Ron Schueler said Thursday in making the announcement. ``You don’t threaten the manager.″

Schueler said he tried to accomodate Bere’s request and received ``mild interest.″ He did not expect Bere to accept a minor league assignment.

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