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07/09/2008 5:46 PM ET
Bisons Activate Graffanino
Veteran signed with Indians on June 24

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The Buffalo Bison today activated INF Tony Graffanino to their roster. He will be in uniform for the team as they face the Syracuse Chiefs TONIGHT at Alliance Bank Park (7:00 p.m.).

Graffanino, 36, was signed by the Cleveland Indians to a minor league deal on June 24 and has been working out with the Bisons since. He owns a career Major League batting average of .267 (743-2787) with 144 doubles, 21 triples, 58 home runs and 302 over 12 seasons with six different teams. He was drafted by Atlanta in the 10th round of the 1990 draft and made his debut with the Braves in 1995. Graffanino recently hit a combined .309 (117-379) in 2005 for Kansas City and Boston and in 2006 appeared in a career-high 129 games with a career-best 59RBI (.274) between KC and Milwaukee.

In 2007, Graffanino hit.238 (55-231) with nine home runs and 30RBI in 86 games for the Brewers before suffering a season-ending right knee injury in August. He underwent surgery in August for a torn meniscus and later in December for a torn ACL on the knee.

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