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MLB roundup: Cano signs with Jay-Z; Ludwick faces surgery

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Second baseman Robinson Cano fired agent Scott Boras and signed with rapper Jay-Z's company Roc Nation and partner Creative Artists Agency on Tuesday.

"At this point in my career, I am ready to take a more active role in my endeavors on and off the field," Cano said in a statement. "I am confident that the pairing of Roc Nation Sports and CAA Sports will be essential in helping me accomplish my short and long-term goals. I am making this important decision now so I can keep my focus on helping the Yankees succeed in 2013, while minimizing any distractions for me and my teammates."

Cano is in the final year of a six-year, $57 million contract and reportedly declined a sizable extension in February.

According to multiple published reports, Jay-Z intends to become a certified agent who will represent professional athletes and push their cross-over marketing interests.

Cano, 30, is a four-time All-Star who hit .313 with 33 home runs, 48 doubles and 94 runs batted in last season.

--Cincinnati Reds outfielder Ryan Ludwick faces surgery Wednesday on his dislocated right shoulder to repair torn cartilage.

Ludwick was injured sliding into third base on Monday during the Reds' season-opening loss to the Angels.

The team will place Ludwick on the 15-day disabled list, but it has yet to announce a timetable for his return.

--Left-handed pitcher Scott Kazmir was recalled from Triple-A Columbus and was added to the Cleveland Indians' 25-man roster, the parent club announced Tuesday.

To make room for Kazmir, left-hander Nick Hagadone was sent to Columbus.

Kazmir, who is in his ninth season, has played the last three seasons with the Los Angeles Angels. He went 1-0 with a 3.46 ERA during spring training with the Indians after signing a minor-league free-agent deal.
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