Diamondbacks waive veteran pitchers Ortiz, Mulholland

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Arizona Diamondbacks placed pitchers Terry Mulholland and Russ Ortiz on unconditional waivers Wednesday.

Mulholland, who made his major league-debut in 1986, had no record with a 9.00 ERA in five games this year. The 43-year old left-hander spent most of the season on the disabled list with left elbow inflammation and an inner ear infection.

"Just with the numbers going forward, we didn't want to hold
him back," Arizona manager Bob Melvin said. "It's tough to part
ways with a class act like Terry Mulholland ... a guy who is very
well respected in the clubhouse. It's difficult along those lines.
We wanted to give him an opportunity to go somewhere else."

Ortiz was designated for assignment on June 13, which means the team is on the hook for the balance of the $33-million, four-year contract Ortiz signed in December 2004, a figure general manager Josh Byrnes had said was close to $22 million.

The 32-year-old Ortiz was 0-5 with a 7.54 ERA in six starts for Arizona this season, and he was 1-14 in his last 19 starts dating
to last May.

"Sometimes a change of scenery is all somebody needs," Melvin said.

The Diamondbacks also placed outfielder Scott Hairston on the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulder injury and recalled pitcher Casey Daigle from Triple-A Tucson.