Three Top Starters Earn Promotions

A plethora of pitchers have been on the move in the Dodger organization which means, among other things, that three teams are now going to have to get along without the man that had become their number one starter.

Lefthander Eric Cyr, who was 6-3, 3.18 at Jacksonville, is now with Las Vegas; righthander James McDonald, who had been 6-7, 3.95 at Inland Empire, has replaced him with the Suns while lefthander Paul Coleman, who had won his first three starts for Ogden in impressive style, wasted little time in moving up to Great Lakes.

Las Vegas moved Cyr into the slot that they had expected to fill with lefthander Hong-Chih Kuo, who had been optioned back from Los Angeles. Complaining of tightness in his elbow, Kuo was recalled to L.A. and placed on the 15-day disabled list. Vegas had already brought righthander Greg Bauer back into the organization from independent ball.

Two pitchers who had been rehabbing with the Gulf Coast Dodgers were also pushed up as lefthander Carlos Alvarez was sent to Inland Empire and righthander Chris Malone went to Great Lakes where another righthander Jose Diaz, has gone back on the D. L.

The Gulf Coast entry still has yet to activate righthander Chris Withrow and lefthander Michael Watt, the first and second round selections in June's draft. They also have sixth-round choice righthander Justin Miller but he's still suffering from a sore elbow, hurt in college when he was rushed to the mound from right field.

Two catchers have also been removed from the Ogden roster, which still has four listed. Esteban Lopez was promoted to Inland Empire while Ivan Naccarata, discouraged over getting little playing time, went home. That still leaves the Raptors with Kenley Jansen, Alex Garabedian, Jessie Mier and Matt Wallach.