Toronto’s Cabrera has tumor removed

McClatchy news servicesSeptember 8, 2013 

Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera had a benign tumor removed from his spine and is expected to be ready for spring training.

Cabrera, who hasn’t played since Aug. 1 because of a season-ending ankle injury, had the surgery on Aug. 30.

The outfielder was experiencing back pain for three or four months but hadn’t told anyone about it, Toronto general manager Alex Anthopoulos said on Saturday before the Blue Jays’ game against the Minnesota Twins. The tumor was pushing on nerves and causing weakness in his legs and other issues that plagued Cabrera throughout the season.

“It didn’t make any sense considering he’s 28 years old,” Anthopoulos said. “I’m glad he finally came forward. I’m not glad that we found something, but I’m glad it can be corrected and we should be good to go.”

Cabrera revealed his back pain after visiting a personal doctor and an MRI revealed the tumor.

REDS HONOR JOE MORGAN

Pete Rose and the rest of the starting lineup of the Cincinnati Reds’ back-to-back World Series champions in 1975 and 1976 were together again at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati for the unveiling of a bronze sculpture of Hall of Fame Reds second baseman Joe Morgan.

The so-called “Great Eight” were on the field after Friday night’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers and again on Saturday for the statue unveiling.

Dave Concepcion said it was the first time the core of the Big Red Machine had reunited on the field since the last game of the 1976 World Series. Included, by permission of Major League Baseball, was career hits leader Rose, whose ban from baseball usually prevents his participation in such events.

Morgan’s sculpture is the sixth at the ballpark.

EXTRA BASES

Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter was pulled for a pinch runner after an RBI single in the sixth against the Red Sox and went to a hospital for a precautionary computed tomography (CT) scan on his surgically repaired left ankle. The team said the preliminary results were negative. New York also promoted right-hander Jim Miller from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre for pitching help in the bullpen. … Athletics left-hander Hideki Okajima cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Sacramento. … Astros right-hander Edgar Gonzalez, on the 60-day disabled list with a right-shoulder strain, was sent to pitch at Double-A Corpus Christi. The team also recalled infielder Brandon Laird, outfielder Jim Paredes and right-handers David Martinez and Rhiner Cruz from Triple-A Oklahoma City. . … Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury had a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) test on his injured right foot, which showed inflammation and swelling. The team said there is no timetable for his return to the lineup. … White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper missed the game after a reoccurrence of diverticulitis — a disease that affects the colon — led to him being hospitalized. His condition is not known. … Braves left-handed reliever Scott Downs exited the game against the Phillies after taking a Chase Utley line drive off his right hand that fractured his right ring finger. … Mets third baseman David Wright is expected to rejoin the team to continue his rehab work for a strained right hamstring.

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