Controversial Rocker Returns to Major Leagues

Published June 14th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

John Rocker, demoted to the development leagues nine days ago after a confrontation with a reporter, was recalled to the Atlanta Braves from their primary minor-league club in Richmond, Virginia on Tuesday. 

Rocker, who allowed a run and two hits in the ninth inning against Toledo in a game Tuesday for the Richmond Braves, is on his way to Pittsburgh, where the Atlanta Braves continue a four-game series with the Pirates on Wednesday. 

Rocker was sent to the minor leagues less than a day after an angry confrontation with the Sports Illustrated reporter who wrote the story in which Rocker made disparaging comments against homosexuals, New Yorkers and various ethnic groups. 

Under major league guidelines, Rocker would have to spend at least 10 days in the minors, but it is believed the Braves will place a player on the disabled list to allow for Rocker's return. 

The Braves watched their bullpen squander a 6-2 lead and drop a 7-6 decision to the Pirates on Tuesday. Mike Remlinger, who was serving as a closer in Rocker's absence, was tagged for three runs in the ninth. 

Rocker has allowed one run and three hits in three innings for Richmond. 

The 25-year-old lefthander was fined an undisclosed amount for "inappropriate conduct" after a threatening tirade aimed at Sports Illustrated reporter Jeff Pearlman - (AFP) 

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