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League Takes Pendleton Off DL

June 27, 1997|From Associated Press

The National League reinstated Cincinnati Red third baseman Terry Pendleton from the 15-day disabled list Thursday, four days after he fouled a ball off his foot and broke a toe.

The league took the unusual step after the players' association questioned the move. Pendleton was upset that the Reds put him on the disabled list and talked to his agent, Jim Bronner, setting the process in motion.

To open a roster spot for Pendleton, the Reds optioned third baseman Aaron Boone to triple-A Indianapolis.

Pendleton suffered a hairline fracture last Sunday when he fouled a ball off the big toe on his right foot in St. Louis. The Reds put him on the disabled list the next day, even though he contended he could be ready to play again in a couple of days.

"In my opinion, which doesn't count, I thought I should have been given a couple of days before the decision was made," Pendleton said Thursday. "I wasn't real happy."

League spokeswoman Katy Feeney said the league got involved at the request of the players' association.

"The information we had was not sufficient to satisfy a disabled list placement, so it was voided."

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