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Yankees Activate Felix Jose

May 30, 2000

NEW YORK (AP) _ The New York Yankees activated outfielder Felix Jose from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday night and designated outfielder Lance Johnson for assignment.

Jose joined the Yankees for the game against Oakland, the team he started his major league career with in 1988.

The Yankees have 10 days to trade Johnson, release him or send him outright to the minors.

Jose, 35, was called up from Triple-A Columbus on April 29 and, in his first big league action since 1995, went 2-for-2 against Toronto. But he strained his left groin and was put on the disabled list the next day.

The Yankees hope the switch-hitting Jose, who also played for St. Louis and Kansas City before later going to Mexico and South Korea, will be able to provide power off the bench. He has 50 career home runs in the majors.

Johnson, 36, signed a minor league contract with the Yankees on March 31 after being released by Cleveland. Expected to be a left-handed pinch-hitter with speed, he hit .300 (9-for-30) despite an 0-for-16 slump. He drove in two runs and stole two bases in 17 games.

Johnson became the first player to lead the AL and NL hits, getting 186 for the Chicago White Sox in 1995 and 227 for the New York Mets in 1996. He also led the AL in triples from 1991-1994 and topped the NL in triples in 1996.

Injuries limited Johnson’s playing time in the previous two seasons. He began his big league career in 1987 with St. Louis.

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