Mariners' Lee has surgery on foot
The Seattle Mariners say left-hander Cliff Lee is recovering from minor left foot surgery and will be limited when pitchers and catchers report to spring training this month.
The team announced yesterday that its biggest offseason acquisition had surgery Friday in his native Arkansas to remove a bone spur that broke loose and was floating in his left foot.
Lee was acquired from Philadelphia this winter in a complicated four-team deal. His injured foot is not in a cast, and he is continuing his upper-body exercise program. The Mariners says the 2008 AL Cy Young Award winner will "gradually return to all normal baseball activities" over the next two to three weeks.
Seattle's first workout for pitchers and catchers is Feb. 18.
MILWAUKEE TO UNVEIL SELIG STATUE AT PARK
The Milwaukee Brewers are erecting a statue of baseball commissioner Bud Selig outside Miller Park and will unveil it Aug. 24.
Selig headed a group that bought the Seattle Pilots in bankruptcy court in 1970, moved the franchise to Milwaukee and renamed it the Brewers. He became acting commissioner in 1992 and took the job full time six years later, turning control of the team over to his daughter, Wendy Selig-Prieb. The Selig family sold the team to a group headed by Mark Attanasio in 2005.
Selig's foundation donated statues of Hank Aaron and Robin Yount that were unveiled when Miller Park opened in 2001. Selig's statue, which will be more than 7 feet tall, will be built by the same designer, Brian Maughan.
CHICAGO UN-RETIRES NO. 11 FOR VIZQUEL
The Chicago White Sox are taking Hall of Famer Luis Aparicio's number 11 out of retirement for newly acquired 11-time Gold Glove winner Omar Vizquel.
Aparicio and Vizquel are both from Venezuela.
Vizquel is the leader among shortstops in games played (2,681) and a three-time AL All-Star.
The 1956 AL Rookie of the Year with the White Sox, Aparicio was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1984 — the same year his number was retired.
Vizquel has worn 13, but in Chicago, that number belongs to manager Ozzie Guillen.
Cardinals: Second baseman Skip Schumaker and St. Louis have agreed to a $4.7 million, two-year contract, avoiding an arbitration hearing. Schumaker, who turned 30 on Wednesday, hit .303 with four homers and 35 RBIs in 153 games last year.
Feb. 11-19 — Salary arbitration hearings, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Feb. 18 — Voluntary reporting date for pitchers, catchers and injured players.
Feb. 23 — Voluntary reporting date for other players.
March 2 — Mandatory reporting date.
March 2-11 — Teams may renew contracts of unsigned players.
March 17 — Last day to place a player on unconditional release waivers and pay 30 days termination pay instead of 45 days.
March 31 — Last day to request unconditional release waivers on a player without having to pay his full 2010 salary.
April 4 — Opening day, New York Yankees at Boston, active rosters reduced to 25 players.
June 7-9 — Amateur draft, Secaucus, N.J.
July 13 — All-Star game, Anaheim, Calif.
July 25 — Hall of Fame inductions, Cooperstown, N.Y.
July 31 — Last day to trade a player without securing waivers.
Aug. 15 — Last day to sign selections from 2010 amateur draft who have not exhausted college eligibility.
Sept. 1 — Active rosters expand to 40 players.
November — Free agent filing period, first 15 days after World Series ends.
Dec. 6-9 — Winter meetings, Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Dec. 12 — Last day for teams to offer 2011 contracts to unsigned players.