Mets LHP Williams has surgery, sign OF Sierra

FLUSHING (TICKER) New York Mets lefthander Dave Williams underwent surgery Wednesday to a repair a herniated disc in his neck.

The surgery was performed by Dr. Patrick O’Leary at the Hospital for Special Surgery. Williams’ return to baseball activities will be determined after evaluating X-rays next week.

The Mets also announced two other moves Wednesday. They signed free agent outfielder Ruben Sierra to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training, while righthander Jason Standridge opted for free agency after being designated for assignment on January 26.

Williams was 3-1 with a 5.59 ERA in six games - five starts - for New York last season. He was acquired from Cincinnati in exchange for minor league righthander Robert Manuel on May 25. He was 2-3 with a 7.20 ERA in eight starts with the Reds.

Sierra hit .179 (5-for-28) with no homers and four RBI in 14 games with Minnesota last season. The 41-year-old has hit .268 with 306 home runs and 1,322 RBI during his 20-year career with Texas, Oakland, the New York Yankees, Reds, Toronto, Chicago White Sox, Detroit, Seattle and the Twins.

Standridge was claimed off waivers by the Mets on November 20. He was 1-1 with a 4.82 ERA in 21 games with Cincinnati last season.

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Updated Wednesday, Jan 31, 2007