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Wright Returns to Indians Rotation

May 19, 2001

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) _ Cleveland Indians right-hander Jaret Wright, sidelined since undergoing shoulder surgery last August, was activated from the 15-day disabled list and started Saturday night against the Anaheim Angels.

To make room for Wright on the 25-man roster, the Indians traded right-handed reliever Justin Speier to the New York Mets for a player to be named. Speier was out of minor league options, and the Indians risked losing him on waivers.

Wright, 25, had an operation to repair a torn labrum. This was his fifth stint on the disabled list since July 1999, all because of shoulder problems.

``I’ve put a lot of work in to get back here, and it was very tough, mentally,″ Wright said. ``I never thought I’d have to have surgery. And then, when you have to go under the knife, it’s not a fun thing. It’s a long road when you have it done, and now there’s a light at the end of the tunnel now. But I’m going to approach it like I’d never had surgery.″

Wright, the son of Angels no-hit pitcher Clyde Wright, was the Indians’ No. 1 draft pick in 1997. That year he helped lead them to an AL championship with an 8-3 record in 16 starts, and became the second rookie in history to start the seventh game of a World Series.

Wright was limited to just nine starts and 51 2-3 innings last season, going 3-4 with a 4.70 ERA.

Speier was 2-0 with a 6.97 ERA, and had allowed eight runs over eight innings in his last four appearances.

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