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MLBeat: Mercado, Hollins recalled
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09/01/2002 2:45 pm ET 
MLBeat: Mercado, Hollins recalled
By Ken Mandel / MLB.com

Dave Hollins was recalled from Triple-A on Sunday. (Gene J. Puskar/AP)
NEW YORK -- With good reason, Hector Mercado's standard-issue equipment bag has gotten some major use this season.

Unpacking it for most recent time Sunday at Shea Stadium while preparing to play the Mets, the 28-year-old left-hander doesn't mind the extra folding and unfolding.

"I'm fine," said Mercado, who along with infielder Dave Hollins, was recalled from Triple-A on Sunday as Major League rosters expanded. "I've been through this for the past two years."

Last year, Mercado played the role of yo-yo for Cincinnati, going 3-2 with a 4.08 ERA in 56 games for the Reds.

The Reds dealt him to the Phillies in the final week of Spring Training for former first-round draft pick Reggie Taylor and began the 2002 season in the Phillies bullpen. He made his first trip to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre April 13 and spent his 28th birthday there a few weeks later.

This is his fourth stint with the big club in 2002. He spent most of July with the Phillies, but returned to Scranton on July 30 because of the addition of reliever Mike Timlin and infielder Placido Polanco from the Scott Rolen trade. At the time, Mercado had found a groove with eight scoreless innings.

Manager Larry Bowa said he hated sending Mercado down, and promised the reliever he would brought back as soon as possible.

"They made a trade and that's what happened," Mercado said. "Thank God I got the job done (with Scranton). They did the best they could to get me back here."

With Scranton, Mercado went 3-1 with a 1.62 ERA in 26 games, spanning 33 1/3 innings.

Hollins returns: Bowa wasted no time in getting Hollins into the lineup. He started at first base against lefty Al Leiter.

"I'm just getting some players a day off," said Bowa. "They've been playing hard."

Hollins, a member of the 1993 World Series runner-up, started April 11 against Atlanta, his first Major League start in nearly seven years. He has spent the majority of the season on the disabled list from complications as a result of a poisonous spider bite suffered in Spring Training.

A matter of time: What took David Coggin over a month to build, Randy Wolf tore down in half the time.

While pitching out of the bullpen, Coggin reeled off a 20-inning scoreless streak from July 2 through Aug. 3 before allowing a run to the Dodgers.

Wolf blew past Coggin on Saturday with nine scoreless innings to run his streak to 27.

"I can't sleep at night," joked Coggin, who then contributed this Yogi Berra-ism. "I'd still have [the streak] if I didn't give up a run."

This from the player who also once told teammates that it was "bad luck to be superstitious."

When he thought about it a bit longer, Coggin was proud of Wolf's accomplishment, noting he was nearly halfway to his idol, Orel Hershiser, who ran off 59 scoreless innings in 1988.

Ken Mandel covers the Phillies for MLB.com and can be reached at philliesfans2002@yahoo.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.





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