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MLB notebook: Padres' Johnson to undergo 2nd Tommy John surgery

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 7:51 p.m.

• Padres starter Josh Johnson is scheduled to undergo elbow ligament-replacement surgery for the second time and will miss the entire season. The right-hander, signed in November to an $8 million, one-year contract, was placed on the disabled list before the season began. He strained his elbow during spring training. He was examined after the latest setback by Dr. James Andrews, who performed Tommy John surgery on Johnson in 2007.

• Commissioner Bud Selig said the sport's playing rules committee is working to clarify the rule on transfers by fielders on forceouts, which has caused some controversy in the first season of expanded instant replay for umpires. Selig expects to hear back about clarifying the rule, adding “given the fact it's new, yes, we've had a little glitch here and there, but not much.”

• Family members said Conrado Marrero, the oldest living former Major League Baseball player, has died in Havana. He was 102, just two days short of his 103rd birthday. Marrero was a diminutive right-hander from Cuba who went by the nickname “Connie” when he pitched for the Washington Senators in the 1950s.

• Royals first-base coach Rusty Kuntz had surgery on his broken left arm, an injury he suffered when he was hit by a line drive during pregame batting practice Monday. Kuntz, 59, a former first-base coach for the Pirates, had a plate and eight screws inserted during the operation at the Cleveland Clinic.

• The Red Sox demoted struggling switch-hitting outfielder Daniel Nava and recalled right-hander Alex Wilson.

— AP



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