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Single-A manager returns to majors as player

HOUSTON -- The Florida Marlins re-signed utility infielder
Mike Mordecai on Monday after he managed one of their minor league
teams this season.
The 37-year-old Mordecai guided Class-A Jamestown to a 31-44
record in the New York-Penn League. He played 69 games for the
Marlins last year and hit .226 with one homer and five RBIs.
This will be Mordecai's 12th season in the majors. He delivered
a clutch, three-run double for Florida in the eighth inning of Game
6 in the 2003 NL championship series at Wrigley Field against the
Chicago Cubs.
Still, he is not expected to play much, if at all, down the
stretch as the Marlins chase a playoff spot.
``He's just an extra guy,'' manager Jack McKeon said. ``He's a
good guy. He has an off-field presence with this club. He has a
great attitude and he helps our young guys out.
``He has done a good job (managing) for us. But he hasn't played
all year and it would be pretty tough to stick him in there now.''
To make room for Mordecai on the 40-man roster, right-hander
John Riedling was transferred from the 15-day disabled list to the
60-day DL.