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Uribe plans to play in majors this year

| Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2007

Chicago White Sox shortstop Juan Uribe plans to play in the major leagues this year despite ongoing legal troubles in his Caribbean homeland. The 27-year-old, who is accused of shooting and wounding a farmer in October, was ordered on Friday to report to the San Cristobal courthouse in the Dominican Republic on the 15th and 30th day of every month as long as the case continues.

• Right-hander Dan Wheeler, one of the primary setup men in Houston's bullpen, agreed Monday to a $2.1 million, one-year contract with the Astros. Wheeler was 3-5 with nine saves and a 2.52 ERA in 75 games last season, when he made $950,000.

• Ken Griffey Jr.'s broken left hand is healing as expected, and the Cincinnati Reds will have a better idea in about 10 days whether it will interfere with spring training. Griffey had the hand X-rayed over the weekend in Orlando, Fla. He will be examined again in about 10 days.

• Reliever Duaner Sanchez and the New York Mets closed on an $850,000, one-year contract yesterday, more than double the $399,500 he earned last season. Sanchez, 27, went 5-1 with 2.60 ERA in 49 relief appearances. Three Mets remain eligible to file for salary arbitration by Friday: catcher Ramon Castro, outfielder Endy Chavez and left-hander Oliver Perez, a former Pirates pitcher.


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1.11 - ERA for Astros pitcher Dan Wheeler after the All-Star break, fifth-best among NL relievers.

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