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News briefs: Marlins' Ramirez likely headed for surgery

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The Marlins have recommended that star shortstop Hanley Ramirez undergo surgery, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com writes.

Ramirez will need around 4-8 months recovery from an injury termed "left shoulder instability."

He hit the disabled list at the beginning of August after injuring his shoulder on a diving play, and embarked on a rehab assignment before leaving the game Tuesday with a reaggravation. A MRI showed no structural damage in Ramirez's shoulder, but it's still unstable and slipping out of joint.

No date has been set for the surgery, but Ramirez is expected to be back in time for Opening Day, although spring training is questionable. Full Story

Tigers' Boesch likely done for season

If the Tigers make the playoffs, they'll do it without outfielder Brennan Boesch. The 26-year-old will have surgery later this week to repair a torn tendon in his right thumb, he told reporters before Sunday's game against the White Sox.

Boesch is expected to make a full recovery in time for spring training. Boesch hurt his thumb swinging at a Justin Masterson fastball on Aug. 9, but tried to play through it. On Aug. 24, he had enough, removing himself from the game. Hitting .283/.341/.458 with 16 home runs on the season, Boesch hit .240/.296/.280 after the injury. He was last used Wednesday as a pinch-runner.

Boesch said he tried to fight through the pain and even used a splint, but in the end, he wasn't performing like he knew he could.

Cubs fans mull losing Old Style

CHICAGO -- Tim Fleming and Jennifer Miller took the plastic cups of Old Style from the Wrigley Field vendor, then tapped the beers together as if making a champagne toast.

This workingman's brew is as much part of the lore at the home of the Chicago Cubs as bricks, ivy and the billy goat curse blamed for the team's long championship drought - so news that Pabst Brewing Co. might pull the beer from the ballpark after six decades doesn't sit well with Miller and other loyalists.

"Not acceptable," she said.

Red Sox's Jackson exits vs. Rangers

BOSTON -- Boston Red Sox right fielder Conor Jackson left Sunday's game against Texas in the top of the fourth after running into the wall.

He hit the wall at full speed attempting to catch Ian Kinsler's third-inning RBI triple. He was holding his left arm and flexing his right knee after the play.

Jackson was checked by a trainer and manager Terry Francona, but stayed in the game. He was replaced by Darnell McDonald when the Red Sox took the field in the fourth. Boston announced he had a bruised right knee.

Indians 3B Hannahan leaves game with injury

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Third baseman Jack Hannahan left the Cleveland Indians' game against the Royals with tightness in his left calf.

Hannahan, who doubled his first time up, added a single in the third inning. He advanced to third when Lou Marson walked and Jerad Head was hit by a pitch from Jeff Francis, then came out of the game for pinch-runner Lonnie Chisenhall.

Chisenhall remained in Sunday's game to play third base.

Twins shut down Blackburn

Nick Blackburn's season is over, as the Twins placed the right-hander on the 60-day disabled list before Sunday's game.

Blackburn had been on the disabled list late last month with what was called a strained forearm and then later diagnosed as an entrapped nerve in his forearm.

Blackburn, 29, was 7-10 with a 4.49 ERA in 26 starts for the Twins this season. Moving Blackburn from the 15-day disabled list to 60-day disabled list allowed the team to call up infielder/outfielder Brian Dinkelman and right-hander Kyle Waldrop before Monday's doubleheader against the White Sox. The team will need to make another 40-man roster move before Tuesday's game when the team will call up right-hander Liam Hendriks for the game against Chicago.

Padres recall 1B prospect Rizzo

SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego Padres have recalled highly touted first baseman Anthony Rizzo from Triple-A Tucson on Sunday.

This will be Rizzo's second stint with San Diego after he originally was recalled and made his major league debut on June 9. He was optioned back to Tucson July 22 when he hit just .143 with one homer and six RBI in 35 games as the starting first baseman.

Rizzo, 22, was one of the two prospects San Diego acquired in a December trade with Boston when they dealt All-Star first baseman Adrian Gonzalez.

Two fans injured at Phils-Marlins game

Two fans were hurt in one inning in Sunday's Marlins-Phillies game at Sun Life Stadium. First a young boy was hit by a foul ball off the bat of outfielder Bryan Petersen and then three batters later, part of Emilio Bonifacio's bat hit a woman in the head.

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer's Matt Gelb on Twitter, there was only one set of EMTs at the game and they were tending to the boy hit by the ball when the woman was hit in the head by part of Bonifacio's bat.

Gelb tweeted that the staff at the stadium were able to move the woman hit by Bonifacio's bat.

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