- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 30, 2008

From combined dispatches

Yankees closer Mariano Rivera will have offseason surgery on his sore right shoulder but should be ready to throw by spring training.

Manager Joe Girardi said Monday that the procedure will shave down calcification of the AC joint on the top of Rivera’s shoulder. The surgery hasn’t been scheduled, but Girardi said it doesn’t appear to be a serious injury and there is no structural damage.

“From what I’ve learned, he’s had it the whole year. Has it progressively got worse over the course of the year? I don’t necessarily think so,” Girardi said. “I think he just feels more comfortable having it done and then not have to deal with it next year.”

Rivera returned to New York last Thursday for an MRI on the shoulder, then rejoined the Yankees in Boston for the last series of their lost season.

Cardinals: Pitcher Kyle Lohse and the St. Louis Cardinals have agreed to a four-year, $41 million contract.

Lohse was 15-6 with a 3.78 ERA this season and led the staff with 200 innings. He agreed to a $4.25 million, one-year contract on March 14.

His new deal contract calls for a $1.25 million signing bonus and salaries of $7,125,000 next year, $8,875,000 in 2009 and $11,875,000 in each of the final two seasons. He also gets a full no-trade clause.

St. Louis’ pitching depth is uncertain. Chris Carpenter, the 2005 NL Cy Young Award winner, missed nearly all of the past two seasons with injuries. He has been diagnosed with irritation of nerves that feed the muscles in the back of his shoulder.

Pirates: Pitching coach Jeff Andrews and first base coach and outfield instructor Lou Frazier were fired Monday by the Pittsburgh Pirates after only one season in their jobs.

Andrews, a former Pirates minor league pitching coach whose hiring was recommended by several of the club’s pitchers, had season-long problems with one of the worst staffs in the franchise’s history.

Rangers: Bench coach Art Howe and third-base coach Matt Walbeck are done with the Texas Rangers.

General manager Jon Daniels said Monday that Howe and Walbeck won’t be offered contracts for next season. Jim Colborn, who filled in as bullpen coach the past two months, will return to being the team’s director of Pacific Rim operations.

Indians: Kelly Shoppach, one of the bright spots in a disappointing season for the Cleveland Indians, had surgery on his right knee Monday.

The arthroscopic procedure by Dr. Mark Schickendantz was termed minor by the club, which expects Shoppach to be fully recovered well before the team opens spring training in February.

Blue Jays: The Toronto Blue Jays will need a new president and chief executive officer with Monday’s announcement that Paul Godfrey is stepping down at year’s end.

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