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MLB roundup: Sabathia has bone spur removed from elbow

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New York Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia had surgery on his pitching elbow, but the report was as positive as the team could have hoped.

A bone spur was removed from the joint, but no ligament damage was found. Sabathia should be fully recovered for the start of spring training.

"It was a quick and minor cleanup," Yankees manager Brian Cashman said, according to ESPNNewYork.com. "We'll take him along slowly through spring training, and he'll be ready for Opening Day."

Sabathia, 32, recently said the bone spur dated to his tenure with the Cleveland Indians (2001-08). He had two stints on the disabled list this year, at midseason due to a groin injury, then in August due to left elbow discomfort.

Despite missing time, Sabathia still threw 200 innings for the sixth consecutive year. He finished 15-6 with a 3.38 ERA.

--Washington Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman underwent arthroscopic shoulder surgery Thursday.

Zimmerman received cortisone shots during the season and played through the pain, CSNWashington.com reported. His recovery is expected to take six weeks.

The 28-year-old Zimmerman played in 145 regular-season games and hit .282 with 25 home runs and 95 RBI. He batted .381 with two homers and four RBI in the postseason.

--Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout was the only unanimous selection in voting for a postseason All-Star team.

The Sporting News polled 30 general managers and assistant GMs from AL teams, 29 from NL teams.

The other top vote-getters in the AL were Tampa Bay Rays closer Fernando Rodney and Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano, who received 29 votes apiece at their positions. Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton was chosen on 28 ballots.

Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera received just 20 votes despite becoming baseball's first Triple Crown winner since 1967.

The top selections in the NL were Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen and Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun, who each received 26 votes.

--Japanese high-school pitcher Shohei Otani was selected in the first round by the Nippon Ham Fighters in his country's professional league draft Thursday despite his intentions to sign to sign with an American major league team.

Otani, 18, wants to bypass Japanese baseball and go directly to the United States. Nikkan Sports reported that he's interested in signing with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Texas Rangers or Boston Red Sox. The Dodgers are considered the front-runner, according to Japanese media reports.

His selection in the Japanese draft doesn't preclude signing with an American team, but it apparently will delay his availability until April. The Fighters have until March 31 to sign the 6-foot-4 right-hander.

--The St. Louis Cardinals won't renew the contract of bullpen coach Dyar Miller, the team announced.

The rest of manager Mike Matheny's coaching staff will be offered an opportunity to stay, general manager John Mozeliak said. That includes Mark McGwire, Derek Lilliquist and Jose Oquendo.

Mozeliak prefers to fill the bullpen position from within the organization, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. He declined to indicate whether Miller will be given the option to remain with the organization for which he has worked as a minor league coach and pitching coordinator.
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