Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera had a benign tumor removed from his spine and is expected to be ready for spring training.
Cabrera, who hasn’t played since Aug. 1 because of a season-ending ankle injury, had the surgery on Aug. 30.
The outfielder was experiencing back pain for three or four months, but hadn’t told anyone about it, Toronto General Manager Alex Anthopoulos said Saturday. The tumor was pushing on nerves and causing weakness in his legs and causing the issues that plagued Cabrera throughout the season.
“It didn’t make any sense considering he’s 28 years old,” Anthopoulos said. “I’m glad he finally came forward. I’m not glad that we found something, but I’m glad it can be corrected and we should be good to go.”
Cabrera revealed his back pain after visiting a personal doctor and an MRI revealed the tumor.
Ellsbury wearing protective boot
Boston Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury is now wearing a protective boot on his injured right foot, and there is no timetable for his return to the lineup.
“I don’t think we’re looking at anything day to day,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said Saturday at Yankee Stadium.
Farrell said an MRI showed inflammation and swelling. Ellsbury left the team’s series in New York and returned to Boston for further examination. Farrell didn’t speculate on when Ellsbury could play again, saying he would wait until there is “more conclusive evidence.”
Ellsbury is going to Colorado to get a second opinion from foot specialist Dr. Thomas Clanton at The Steadman Clinic. Ellsbury tops the majors with 52 stolen bases in 56 tries. He is hitting .299 and has scored a team-high 89 runs.
Jeter has more tests on ankle
New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter had more tests on his surgically repaired left ankle and it’s not certain when he will return to the lineup. Jeter was pulled for a pinch-runner after hitting an RBI single in the sixth inning of a 13-9 loss to Boston on Saturday. Jeter went to a hospital for a precautionary CT scan. The team said the preliminary results of the scan were negative. Jeter has missed most of the season while recovering from a broken left ankle in the playoffs last year. He also has been slowed by a strained right calf.