MLB notebook: Gardenhire diagnosed with prostate cancer

Sports Xchange

February 14, 2017 at 4:53 pm.

Arizona Diamondbacks bench coach Ron Gardenhire revealed Tuesday that he has been diagnosed with prostate cancer and will undergo surgery this spring.

The former Minnesota Twins manager said he was diagnosed earlier this month. A blood test taken during his physical exam cited the possibility and an MRI exam confirmed he had prostate cancer. Surgery will be performed after Gardenhire completes the preparation process.

The 59-year-old Gardenhire told Arizona team officials that doctors told him the cancer was detected early. It is conceivable he could return to the team six weeks after the procedure.

Gardenhire is in his first season with the Diamondbacks. He was fired by the Twins following the 2014 season after 13 seasons as manager. Gardenhire compiled a 1,068-1039 record with the Twins and was American League Manager of the Year in 2010.

–Embattled third baseman Jung Ho Kang will not be able to report to Pittsburgh Pirates’ spring training on time because of an ongoing legal situation in his native South Korea, the team announced.

Kang, 29, is expected to go on trial for DUI-related charges on Feb. 22.

Kang was arrested in December and charged with leaving the scene of a DUI accident near a Seoul subway station with a blood alcohol level 0.084 (the legal limit in South Korea is 0.05).

Kang signed a four-year, $11 million contract with the Pirates in 2015 after spending nine seasons in the Korea Baseball Organization. Last season, Kang hit .255 with 21 home runs and 62 RBIs in 103 games.

–The Cincinnati Reds placed right-hander Homer Bailey on the 60-day disabled list, six days after he underwent elbow surgery.

Bailey had bone spurs removed from his pitching elbow, marking his third surgery in the region. The 30-year-old hopes to return in June.

The Reds also claimed right-hander Nefi Ogando off waivers from the Pittsburgh Pirates. The 27-year-old Ogando has a 3.66 ERA in 18 career relief appearances with the Philadelphia Phillies and Miami Marlins.

–Houston Astros right-hander Collin McHugh won his arbitration case and will earn $3.85 million this season.

The Astros submitted a salary of $3.35 million but the three-person panel opted for McHugh’s request.

McHugh went 13-10 with a 4.34 ERA and a career-best 177 strikeouts last season. McHugh, 29, is 43-26 with a 3.71 ERA in three seasons with Houston. He won a career-best 19 games in 2015.

–Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Marcus Stroman will receive $3.4 million in 2017 after it was revealed that he won his arbitration case against the club.

The three arbitrators chose Stroman’s request over the $3.1 million the Blue Jays submitted. Stroman was 9-10 with a 4.37 ERA in 32 starts in 2016.

The 25-year-old won a career-best 11 games in 2014 before missing the majority of the 2015 season due to a torn ACL in his left knee. Stroman, 25, is 1-1 with a 4.40 ERA in five postseason starts for Toronto over the past two seasons.

–Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Jake Odorizzi won his arbitration case, meaning his 2017 salary of $4.1 million will be nearly eight times higher than his 2016 wage.

The three arbitrators chose Odorizzi’s figure over the $3.825 million submitted by the Rays. Odorizzi made $520,700 last season.

Odorizzi, who turns 27 next month, was 10-6 with a 3.69 ERA in 33 starts last season. Odorizzi is 30-30 with a 3.75 ERA in 101 career appearances (98 starts).

–The St. Louis Cardinals were involved in an arbitration case for the first time in 18 years and were deemed winners in their case against right-hander Michael Wacha.

The three arbitrators chose the club’s $2.775 million submission over Wacha’s request of $3.2 million. Wacha, 25, was 7-7 with a career-worst 5.09 ERA in 27 appearances (24 starts) last season. The campaign was a dropoff from 2015 when Wacha went 17-7 with a 3.38 ERA.

Wacha was the first player to take the Cardinals to arbitration since left-hander Darren Oliver in 1999. St. Louis won the case against Oliver.

–Milwaukee Brewers right-hander Chase Anderson lost his arbitration case and will make $2.45 million, it was announced.

Anderson sought $2.85 million but the three arbitrators felt the club’s proposal was more acceptable. Anderson made $520,200 last season in his first season with Milwaukee. He went 9-11 with a 4.39 ERA in 31 appearances (30 starts).

The 29-year-old spent his first two seasons with the Arizona Diamondbacks. He is 24-24 with a 4.60 ERA in three big-league seasons.

–Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Taijuan Walker lost an arbitration case against his new club and will receive $2.25 million this season.

Walker, acquired from the Seattle Mariners in the offseason, requested $2.6 million. The 24-year-old made $528,600 last season while going 8-11 with a 4.22 ERA in 25 starts for the Mariners.

Walker was traded to Arizona as part of the package that sent infielder Jean Segura to Seattle. Walker is 22-22 with a 4.18 ERA in 65 career appearances (62 starts).