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Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
 

• Dodgers right-hander Chad Billingsley will have Tommy John surgery this week and miss the rest of the season, the latest setback for the Los Angeles rotation.“Just unfortunate,” manager Don Mattingly said before Tuesday game against the Mets. Billingsley will have the elbow-ligament transplant operation Wednesday in Los Angeles. The team said it typically takes about 12 months to return to competition.

• Yankees captain Derek Jeter is expected to be in a walking boot when he rejoins his teammates Thursday for the start of a homestand at Yankee Stadium. Jeter found out last Thursday that he fractured the ankle for a second time in six months, a blow to a team already reeling from injuries and one that raises questions about the his future.

• Reds reliever Jonathan Broxton had no problems with his pitching hand Tuesday, a day after a line drive knocked him out of a game Monday.

• The Tigers have agreed to a one-year contract with reliever Jose Valverde, who is expected back with the team Wednesday. Valverde will be Detroit's closer immediately.

• The Mariners have placed outfielder Franklin Gutierrez on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring. Gutierrez was injured Monday trying to make a diving catch against the Astros.

• Orioles prized pitching prospect Dylan Bundy wants another opinion on his ailing right arm, this time from Dr. James Andrews. Bundy has been sidelined since developing elbow soreness late in spring training.

• Braves right fielder Jason Heyward had to undergo appendectomy surgery Monday, the club announced. The Braves provided no information on his condition or a timetable for his return.

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