MLB notes: Surgery sidelines Jeter

New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter screams as he injures himself fielding a ball hit by Detroit...

New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter screams as he injures himself fielding a ball hit by Detroit Tigers' Jhonny Peralta during the 12th inning of Game 1 of their MLB ALCS playoff baseball series in New York, October 13, 2012. (Reuters/ADAM HUNGER)

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, Last Updated: 10:53 PM ET

New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter might not be ready for the 2013 season opener on April 1 as he rehabilitates from a broken left ankle.

The team captain will have surgery Saturday and then will be sidelined four to five months, the Yankees announced Wednesday.

Jeter fractured the ankle while trying to field a grounder in the 12th inning of the Yankees' Game 1 loss in the American League championship series.

The 38-year-old shortstop will be operated on by Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte, N.C.

A-ROD ROOTER

Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant gave his struggling buddy, Alex Rodriguez, a pep talk a few days ago.

"I just (said) to him, 'You're Alex Rodriguez. You're A-Rod. You're one of the best to ever do it,' " Bryant told ESPN.com.

"I think sometimes he kind of forgets that and wants to try to do the right thing all the time. Which is the right team attitude to have. But other times you really have to put your head down and say, 'Hell with it' and just do your thing."

Rodriguez, however, was out of the starting lineup for Games 3 and 4 of the AL championship series against the Detroit Tigers.

Bryant and Rodriguez became friends a few years ago while working together on a commercial.

Meanwhile, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman has denied rumours he has been talking with the Miami Marlins about a Rodriguez trade.

LUDWICK LOOKING FOR LOOT

Coming off one of the best seasons of his career, Reds outfielder Ryan Ludwick will turn down his $5-million mutual option for 2013 in hopes of getting a multiyear deal to stay in Cincinnati.

The 34-year-old hit .275 with 26 homers and 80 RBI this season in which he made $2 million.

Ludwick struggled in 2011 with the San Diego Padres and Pittsburgh Pirates, but Reds general manager Walt Jocketty shrewdly signed him during the off-season. The two had been together in St. Louis in 2008 when Ludwick was an all-star.

BLUE JAYS ADD PAIR

The Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday picked up outfielder Scott Cousins and reliever Cory Wade off waivers.

Cousins, 27, was plucked from the Miami Marlins. He has a .183 average in 175 career at-bats.

Wade, 29, has a career record of 11-6 with a 3.65 earned-run average. He had a 6.46 ERA in 39 innings with the New York Yankees this season.

BRIEFLY

Pitcher Brandon McCarthy, who needed emergency brain surgery Sept. 5 after being struck on the head by a line drive, could be re-signed by the Oakland A's as a free agent. The A's have an inexperienced starting rotation, so retaining the 29-year-old right-hander would seem to be logical, barring any complications from post-concussion syndrome ... Bartolo Colon, suspended in August for 50 games because of a drug violation, is unlikely to return to the A's next season ... Reliever Livan Hernandez and catcher Yorvit Torrealba have become free agents after refusing assignments to the minors, the Milwaukee Brewers announced Wednesday. Hernandez had a 3-0 record with a 7.68 ERA. The Brewers got Torrealba in late September from Toronto in a cash deal and was hitless in five at-bats.


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