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Percival gets the call

June 27, 2007|From the Associated Press

Almost two years after he retired, former Angels closer Troy Percival returned to the big leagues.

The St. Louis Cardinals called up the former All-Star closer on Tuesday, hoping he can help a bullpen that has struggled this season.

The 37-year-old Percival left the majors because of persistent soreness in his right shoulder.

"It feels like it's always felt," Percival said. "It's good to be back. It feels like I never skipped a beat."

Percival appeared in six games for triple-A Memphis and had a 1.35 earned-run average in 6 2/3 innings. To make room for Percival, the Cardinals sent right-hander Andy Cavazos to Memphis.

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Injured Baltimore Orioles shortstop Miguel Tejada won't be able to resume baseball activities for at least a month because of a broken left wrist, and could be sidelined well into August.... Pedro Martinez threw to hitters for the first time since rotator cuff surgery last fall, another benchmark in his quest to return to the New York Mets' rotation by August.... The Chicago Cubs put closer Ryan Dempster on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left rib cage muscle, and called up right-hander Billy Petrick from double-A Tennessee.

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