MLB notes: Injured Jeter vows to return to Yankees in 2013

New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter answers questions at a news conference prior to their MLB...

New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter answers questions at a news conference prior to their MLB American League game with the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium in New York, April 25, 2013. (REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine)

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Injured shortstop Derek Jeter, wearing a walking boot to protect his cracked left ankle, said he will return to the New York Yankees lineup before the end of the season.

"I've been told this bone will heal," Jeter said during a press conference in New York. "When it heals, I'll be ready to go. It is frustrating that I can't magically make it heal sooner than it is taking. But there is no doubt. I have no doubt."

Jeter, who broke his ankle during the playoffs last season, had surgery in October but the Yankees thought he could be ready by opening day. That didn't happen and last week a small crack in his ankle was discovered, pushing back his return even further.

Now the target date seems to be after the all-star break in July. But if Jeter, 38, knows when he will be back, he's not saying.

"I'm not getting into timelines. The last timeline I set, I didn't make," he said. "Whenever it heals, I'll be back. It's been a frustrating process. Just when you think you are close to coming back, you have a setback. I guess it is part of the healing process.

"When you get hurt, it is supposed to take time. It is supposed to take time when you break a bone. Unfortunately, it has taken more time than I anticipated."

BUNDY PUT ON HOLD

Top Baltimore Orioles pitching prospect Dylan Bundy will visit renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews Monday in Florida.

Bundy, who hasn't pitched since late March due to tightness in his right arm, had an MRI done and evaluated by the Baltimore team doctor but Orioles' brass wants the righthander to get a second opinion from Andrews. The MRI showed no damage to Bundy's elbow and the Orioles believe the injury is muscle-related,, not a ligament problem.

On Monday, the 20-year-old complained his elbow "didn't feel right" during a light throwing session, according to MLB.com, so the Orioles booked an appointment with Andrews.

Bundy was the fourth overall pick in the 2011 draft and considered one of the best pitching prospects in baseball.

BILLINGSLEY HAS SURGERY

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Chad Billingsley had Tommy John surgery on his right elbow late Wednesday.

Billingsley, who was hurt last season, is expected to be out for up to a year. He tried to avoid surgery, instead getting platelet-rich plasma injections, but finally opted to go under the knife.

Billingsley will start physical therapy in 7-10 days, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Also, Dodgers right-hander Shawn Tolleson will be out 3-5 months after having back surgery. Tolleson was called up April 12 after Zack Greinke broke his collarbone in a brawl with the San Diego Padres.

EX-BRAVE DIES

Former Atlanta Braves pitcher Rick Camp died Thursday at age 60 at his home in Bartow County, Ga.

"Our sympathies go out to his family, friends and former teammates," the Braves said in a statement Thursday afternoon.

Camp, a seventh-round draft pick of the Braves in 1974, spent nine years with the team, working mostly out of the bullpen. He had back-to-back seasons with an earned-run average of lower than 2.00 in 1980-80.

The native Georgian had a career record of 56-49 with a 3.37 ERA.

In 2005, Camp was sentenced with four other people to three years in a federal prison for trying to defraud a mental health facility in Augusta, Ga.

BRIEFLY

New York Yankees minor-leaguer Mason Williams was charged with DUI in Tampa, Fla., according to the Newark Star Ledger. Williams, 21, is one of the Yankees top outfield prospects ... Boston Red Sox pitcher Alfredo Aceves will head to triple-A Pawtucket after being demoted Wednesday. Aceves, who will be paid $2.65 million this season, has 72 hours to report to the minor-league team ... The Miami Marlins claimed lefty pitcher Duane Below off waivers from the Detroit Tigers. The Marlins will send Below, who had been designated for assignment by the Tigers, to the minors ... Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez will likely start his rehab assignment Friday at single-A Rancho Cucamonga. Ramirez is hoping to be back with L.A. by Monday ... The Colorado Rockies put first baseman Todd Helton on the 15-day disabled list with left forearm inflammation, a week after he last played. The Rockies called up infielder Ryan Wheeler from triple-A Colorado Springs to take his spot on the roster ... The Washington Nationals picked up the option for 2014 on general manager Mike Rizzo and are working on an extension beyond that, according to MLB.com. Rizzo has been the Nats' GM since 2009.


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