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Jan 9 (The Sports Xchange) - Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander underwent successful core muscle repair surgery, the team announced Thursday.


Verlander, who posted a 13-12 record with a 3.46 ERA in 2013, sustained an injury at the end of December while performing his offseason conditioning program. He will undergo physical rehabilitation for the next six weeks and will be re-evaluated at the end of that time. The nature and extent of the injury are unclear.

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Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig has decided, for now, to give up driving after two incidents of reckless driving and speeding in eight months.

Dodgers president Stan Kasten said Puig told him Thursday that he has hired a cousin to drive him around for the time being.

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The Washington Nationals have signed veteran infielder Jamey Carroll to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, according to multiple media reports Thursday.

Jon Heyman of said Carroll will compete for a bench job in camp. Carroll can play second base, third base or shortstop.

Carroll, 39, hit .211 in 249 plate appearances with the Minnesota Twins and Kansas City Royals last season.

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The Cleveland Indians on Thursday denied reports the team is looking to phase out the Chief Wahoo logo but acknowledged the logo being used by Major League Baseball might change.

Curtis Danburg, the Indians' director of communications, said the club is not looking to phase out the Chief Wahoo logo anytime soon, reported.

Native Americans and supporters have protested for many years the use of the Cleveland Indians team name and the Chief Wahoo logo, which shows an Indian with bright red skin, an exaggerated smile and a feather in his hair.

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Baseball Hall of Fame-electee Tony La Russa is among the candidates to replace departing Seattle Mariners president Chuck Armstrong, USA Today reported Thursday.

Mariners CEO Howard Lincoln told the newspaper that interviews started this week with two internal candidates. He would not comment on La Russa. La Russa, 69, refused to discuss the Mariners' job but indicated to USA Today that he would like to land a front-office job with a team.

He currently serves as a special assistant with Major League Baseball.

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