Wednesday, March 19, 2003

Baseball Notebook

McGraw undergoes brain surgery

The Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. - Tug McGraw underwent six hours of surgery Tuesday to remove a brain tumor, but doctors don't expect to know until Friday whether it was cancerous.

"I'm very optimistic in a couple days he'll want to leave the hospital," Dr. Steven Brem said. "His chances are excellent for recovery."

Brem said the tumor extended to both sides of the brain.

McGraw, a former pitcher who helped the New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies win World Series titles during his 19 seasons, was hospitalized last week.

DIAMONDBACKS: Luis Gonzalez and Arizona agreed to a $30 million, three-year contract extension.

ANGELS: Anaheim right-hander Matt Wise will be sidelined for the season due to a torn ligament in his pitching elbow and will have surgery next Tuesday.

YANKEES: Hideki Matsui has impressed New York enough to earn a spot in the middle of the lineup.

Manager Joe Torre has not finalized his regular-season batting order, but Matsui probably will hit third, fourth or fifth most of the time, alongside Jason Giambi and Bernie Williams.

• Reliever Steve Karsay received a cortisone shot because of bursitis in his right shoulder and will start the season on the disabled list.

RED SOX: Boston traded pitching prospect Javier Lopez to the Colorado Rockies for a player to be named.

DEVIL RAYS: Tampa Bay agreed to extend its player development contract with Triple-A Durham for two years, ensuring the Rays will remain affiliated with the minor-league franchise through the 2006 season.

• First baseman/outfielder Lee Stevens was released.

RANGERS: Texas renamed a practice field at its spring training facility "Nolan Ryan Field" to honor the Hall of Fame pitcher who ended his 27-year career with the team.

EXPOS: District of Columbia Mayor Anthony A. Williams canceled a trip to meet with baseball officials in Phoenix, citing security concerns during the impending war with Iraq.

The Mayor and D.C. Council Chairwoman Linda Cropp were scheduled to meet with baseball officials to make their presentation to baseball's committee on Montreal.

• Orlando Hernandez will be sidelined for seven to 10 days because of tendinitis in his right rotator cuff.

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