Tampa Pitcher Charged In Domestic Dispute

Posted: August 22, 2000

Tampa Bay Devil Rays pitcher Bryan Rekar was arrested early Sunday in Chicago and charged with misdemeanor domestic battery, police said.

Rekar, 28, was arrested at about 1:05 a.m. Sunday at the team's hotel, Chicago Police Sgt. Robert Cargie said. Rekar's wife, Jamie, was bleeding from her nose and had facial swelling but refused to sign a complaint, Cargie said. Rekar was released after an appearance in bond court and has an Oct. 6 court date, Cargie said.

The Devil Rays were in Chicago for a four-game series against the White Sox that concluded today. Rekar is scheduled to start tomorrow in Minnesota.

"This matter is now in the hands of the proper authorities," the team said in a statement. "The Devil Rays, after consultation with the commissioner's office, at this time intend to take no action until the judicial process has concluded."

Rekar has a 4-8 record with a 4.72 earned-run average in 22 games this season, including 19 starts. The righthander is 19-32 with a 5.61 ERA during his six-year career.

New York Mets lefthander Mike Hampton will miss his scheduled start today against San Diego because of a broken rib. Manager Bobby Valentine didn't know whether Hampton would miss additional starts. Hampton sustained a small stress fracture on the right side on Thursday while batting against Colorado.

Texas pitcher Brian Sikorski added two more scoreless innings last night to raise his total to nine at the start of a career, second in team history to Jeff Zimmerman, who began his Texas career with 112/3 scoreless innings.

The top of the Baltimore Orioles' lineup had a familiar look yesterday when Brady Anderson returned after missing 10 games with a sprained right wrist.

Anderson hurt his wrist making a play in the outfield during an Aug. 10 game against the Detroit Tigers. He avoided the disabled list but missed a sizable chunk of playing time.

Righthander Joe Mays was optioned to triple-A Salt Lake City by the Minnesota Twins.

Mays, 6-14 with a 5.94 ERA, was the odd man out when Twins manager Tom Kelly switched to a four-man rotation because the team has seven off-days in a 25-day period until early September.

The Colorado Rockies placed two-time defending NL batting champion Larry Walker back on the 15-day DL, hoping the time off will help Walker's ailing right elbow.

Walker was hitting .309 with nine homers and 51 RBIs in 88 games.

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