Diamondbacks to release 3rd baseman Melvin Mora on Thursday

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By Natalie Flanzer By Natalie Flanzer

PHOENIX (AP) -- The Arizona Diamondbacks plan to give Melvin Mora his unconditional release on Thursday.

Manager Kirk Gibson made the announcement after the team's 6-2 loss to the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday.

Mora struck out in a pinch-hit appearance. The 39-year-old third baseman is batting .228 in 127 at-bats. He figured to be the starter when he was signed as a free agent in the offseason, but injured his neck in a car accident during spring training. The job eventually went to Ryan Roberts.

Mora has played in the majors for parts of 12 seasons, mostly with Baltimore.

Gibson said a corresponding move would be made on Friday, when the Diamondbacks open a three-game series at Oakland.