MLB notebook: A-Rod has hip surgery, out until All-Star break
Alex Rodriguez had surgery on his left hip Wednesday and is expected to be sidelined until after the All-Star break.
The Yankees said Dr. Bryan Kelly repaired a torn labrum and impingement and the operation at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York “went as planned and without complication.”
The 37-year-old former All-Star third baseman is expected to be released from the hospital on Thursday and the anticipated time for a full recovery is six months. The Yankees signed free agent Kevin Youkilis this offseason to play third base while Rodriguez is out.
Kelly said last week that Rodriguez had a condition known as femoral acetabular impingement and it was caused by genes, not by steroids. Rodriguez admitted in 2009 that he used steroids while with the Texas Rangers from 2001-03.
Kelly said the injury was responsible for Rodriguez's poor performance in September and October, when A-Rod was benched in three of nine postseason games and pinch hit for in three others. He batted .120 (3 for 25) with no RBIs in the playoffs, including 0 for 18 with 12 strikeouts against right-handed pitchers.
Jeter cleared for activity
Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter says he's been cleared to start baseball activity in his recovery from a broken left ankle.
The 38-year-old team captain reiterated Wednesday that he is on track to be in New York's starting lineup for the opener on April 1.
Jeter won't take the field for workouts until later this month. The 13-time All-Star said that is his normal pre-spring training routine.
Orioles extend Duquette, Showalter
The Orioles extended the contracts of executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette and manager Buck Showalter through 2018.
In his first season with the Orioles, the 54-year-old Duquette put together a club that earned an AL wild-card berth, ended a 14-year run of losing seasons and won 24 more games than in 2011.
Showalter managed Baltimore to a 93-69 record last year. The Orioles beat Texas in a one-game playoff to advance to the second round against the Yankees, who won a five-game series.
Nationals deal Morse
The Nationals traded power-hitting Michael Morse to Seattle on Wednesday in a three-team deal that moved catcher John Jaso from the Mariners to Oakland.
The NL East champion Nationals reacquired pitching prospect A.J. Cole, dealt from Washington to Oakland just 13 months ago in the trade for Gio Gonzalez. Washington also got pitcher Blake Treinen and a player to be named.
Morse hit .291 with 18 home runs and 62 RBIs for the Nationals in an injury-plagued season, playing mostly as an outfielder. The Nationals acquired Denard Span in a trade and contemplated moving the 30-year-old Morse to first base but then re-signed Adam LaRoche. Morse played for the Mariners from 2005-08.
Toronto's Oliver returns
The Blue Jays say 42-year-old left-hander Darren Oliver has decided to pitch a 20th major league season.
Toronto exercised his $3 million option in October but Oliver had not made a final decision until now whether to return for 2013, the Blue Jays said Wednesday.
He had a career-low 2.06 ERA last year, when he went 3-4 with two saves in 62 games during his first season with the Blue Jays.
Oliver has a 115-94 record and a 4.53 ERA for nine big league teams.
Blue Jays minor-leaguer suspended
Blue Jays pitcher Alan Farina was suspended for 50 games under minor league baseball's drug program.
The commissioner's office said Wednesday that Farina had a second violation for a drug of abuse.
A 26-year-old right-hander, Farina was 1-2 with a 5.18 ERA last season for Class A Dunedin of the Florida State League.
There have been four suspensions this year under the minor league program. There were 105 last year under the minor league drug problem and eight under the major league program.
Yankees, Hughes reach deal
Right-hander Phil Hughes and the Yankees have agreed to a $7.15 million, one-year contract, a raise of $3.75 million.
Wednesday's deal, which is not guaranteed, avoided salary arbitration. Players and teams without agreements are set to swap proposed arbitration salaries on Friday.
Hughes, who is eligible for free agency after next season, was 18-8 in 2010, slumped to 5-5 the following season as injuries slowed him, then rebounded to a 16-13 record last year.
New York's projected payroll is at about $198 million for 15 players, including $8.5 million the Yankees are paying Pittsburgh as part of last year's trade sending A.J. Burnett to the Pirates.
Angels re-sign righty Williams
Right-hander Jerome Williams and the Angels avoided salary arbitration by agreeing to a $2 million, one-year contract that more than doubles his pay.
The 31-year-old went 6-8 with a 4.58 ERA for the Angels last season in 15 starts and 17 relief appearances. He made $820,000.
Williams likely will start the season as a long reliever for Los Angeles this spring, with Jered Weaver, C.J. Wilson and new arrivals Tommy Hanson, Joe Blanton and Jason Vargas in the Angels' rotation.
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