Shortstop Furcal to have surgery, may miss season
JUPITER, Fla. — St. Louis shortstop Rafael Furcal will undergo ligament replacement surgery in his right elbow and expects to miss the 2013 season.
Furcal made the decision after visiting Dr. James Andrews’ clinic in Pensacola, Fla., on Wednesday.
“It’s very disappointing,” Furcal said. “I worked so hard in the offseason to get everything straight, working hard with the doctors the training team we did anything we could do to get ready for spring training, ready for the season.”
Furcal strained the elbow ligament near the end of last season, keeping him out of the final few weeks and the Cardinals’ playoff run. There was a concern then that he’d have to undergo offseason Tommy John surgery, but Furcal chose to try rehab instead.
GM stung by scorpion
PHOENIX — Even Milwaukee Brewers general manager Doug Melvin can’t escape the injury bug that has stung his club this spring.
Melvin spent three hours in the emergency room Wednesday night after he was stung by an Arizona bark scorpion inside his spring training condominium.
Melvin said he was eating dinner with his wife when they saw a bug walking across the floor. He reached down with a tissue to pick up what he thought was a spider and was stung on his left middle finger. He said his hand started swelling almost immediately and he decided to head for a hospital.
“I got nervous when all of the numbness started getting up in the shoulder area,” Melvin told MLB.com. “You think, ‘Can this thing go to your heart?’ They said you can lose your breathing; your vision can be a problem. None of that happened to me.”
Melvin was back at the team complex Thursday.
Prospect Tate won’t show
PEORIA, Ariz. — Donavan Tate’s athletic career has taken another pit stop. The San Diego Padres outfielder, taken No. 3 overall in 2009, will not report to minor-league spring training on Friday for “personal reasons.”
That’s as much as Padres vice president of player development Randy Smith would divulge during Thursday’s announcement.
Tate’s professional career has taken some detours.
The biggest came in 2011, when Tate was suspended 50 games for violating Major League Baseball’s drug policy after testing positive for synthetic cannabis, which the league terms a drug of abuse.
Derek Lowe agrees
to minor league deal
SURPRISE, Ariz. — Pitcher Derek Lowe and the Texas Rangers have reached agreement on a minor league deal.
The Rangers announced the deal Wednesday. The 39-year-old righty is expected to report to spring training on Friday.
Lowe went a combined 9-11 with one save and a 5.11 ERA for Cleveland and the New York Yankees last year. He is 175-157 with 86 saves and a 4.00 ERA in a 16-season career with Seattle, Boston, the Dodgers, Atlanta, Cleveland and the Yankees.
Lowe led the AL with 42 saves for Boston in 2000, then was a 21-game winner for the Red Sox two years later.
-- The Associated Press