White Sox cut reliever for gesture to umpire

Posted: September 11, 2003

The Chicago White Sox released Jose Paniagua yesterday, a day after he made an obscene gesture at the plate umpire as he left the field.

"It was a decision we felt we had to make," White Sox general manager Kenny Williams said before Chicago's game against Minnesota.

"You have to excuse a certain amount of failures out there when you haven't pitched in a year," he added. "What's inexcusable are the actions that happened afterward. That's not what we stand for."

With the White Sox leading the Twins, 8-2, on Tuesday night, Paniagua came in to relieve in the ninth, his first appearance in the major leagues in a year. He gave up four runs, three hits and a walk in just one-third of an inning, and apparently was upset with some of the calls made by plate umpire Mark Carlson.

Arizona Diamondbacks ace Curt Schilling will miss his start tonight against the Los Angeles Dodgers because of a sore neck.

On Tuesday, the righthander had an MRI exam on his neck that showed no disk problems. Trainer Paul Lessard said that Schilling's muscle spasms were severe enough to limit his range of motion.

Chris Capuano, a lefthanded rookie, will start instead.

Minnesota Twins starter Joe Mays will have ligament replacement surgery on his right elbow and will likely miss the 2004 season.

James Andrews will perform the operation today in Birmingham, Ala.

Mays was 8-8 this season with a 6.30 ERA.

Catcher Michael Barrett was activated from the 15-day disabled list by the Montreal Expos.

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