Giants' Wilson to have tumor removed


San Francisco Giants left-hander Trevor Wilson will be operated on today for a benign tumor on a rib and may be back pitching again in three weeks.

"This is a routine surgical procedure," Giants team physician Dr. Will Straw said yesterday, after the existence of the tumor was confirmed.

The surgery will be performed at Scottsdale (Ariz.) Memorial Hospital by Dr. John Culligan. A fracture in the 10th rib on Wilson's right side was discovered in X-rays taken Monday.

In other news, the Giants put right-hander Scott Garrelts on the 60-day disabled list while he recuperates from arm surgery.

Garrelts, 31, had surgery to repair a torn tendon in his right arm on July 18, and doctors predicted at the time he would not be able to play until the middle of this season.

Wilson, 25, was 13-11 with the Giants in his first full season last year. He was scheduled to pitch Opening Day in Los Angeles on April 6.

* PHILLIES: First baseman John Kruk suffered a slight separation of his left shoulder while diving for a ground ball and is expected to miss no more than a week.

"I should be able to play in a day or two," said Kruk, wearing a cortisone patch on the shoulder and holding his left arm gingerly at his side. "I could probably even play today if I had to."

* PIRATES: Denny Neagle of Gambrills, acquired Tuesday from the Twins in a deal for 20-game winner John Smiley, doesn't know how he'll be used.

General manager Ted Simmons has given strong indications Neagle would be a relief pitcher and that Vicente Palacios would move into the starting rotation. However, manager Jim Leyland said he hasn't made that decision.

"I know this sounds like an old answer, but I'll gladly pitch wherever the Pirates feel I can most help the club," Neagle, 23, said. "I'm probably better suited to starting. I can give up a few runs early and then settle down and keep the team in the game. I'm more used to starting."

Leyland said Neagle may start Saturday, when the Pirates play the Twins.

Meanwhile, the club announced that second baseman Jose Lind will not require knee surgery and should be ready to play in the season opener. Tests yesterday showed Lind has a sprained ligament in his left knee. He is expected to be out for about two weeks.

* DODGERS: Backup catcher Carlos Hernandez underwent a Magnetic Resonance Imaging exam on his left knee. No structural damage was detected. Hernandez sprained the knee two days ago when he jumped backward in a batting cage to avoid an inside delivery from a pitching machine.

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