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April 30, 2011 at 11:06 PM
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Nats' Zimmerman to have surgery

WASHINGTON, April 30 (UPI) -- Washington Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman will miss six weeks after he has surgery on a torn abdominal muscle, the team said Saturday.

Dr. Bill Myers of Philadelphia will perform the procedure Tuesday, repairing an injury the infielder sustained in spring training.

Zimmerman played in the Nats' first eight regular season games, batting .357 with one home run, five runs scored and four RBI, before being placed on the 15-day disabled list.

Zimmerman, a key part of the Nationals' lineup, last year hit .307 with 25 home runs and 85 RBI.


Giants lose Sandoval to broken hand

WASHINGTON, April 30 (UPI) -- San Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval will be out 4-6 weeks after he has surgery on a broken hand, the team said Saturday.

Giants head trainer Dave Groeschner told the San Jose Mercury News in Washington that Sandoval broke the hamate bone in his right hand and will undergo surgery as soon as Tuesday.

Groeschner said part of the bone would be removed and it was likely Sandoval would be swinging the bat with discomfort for the rest of the season even after his return.

The Giants recalled infielder Ryan Rohlinger from Class AAA Fresno to take Sandoval's spot on the roster.

The injury was the second in a matter of days to a San Francisco infielder. Third baseman Mark DeRosa was placed on the DL this week with a wrist inflammation.


Cubs to offer beer deals for bleacher fans

CHICAGO, April 30 (UPI) -- The Chicago Cubs' famed Wrigley Field Bleacher Bums will get a break on hot dogs and beer starting next month, the team announced.

Starting May 10, beer will be priced for $3 in the bleacher seats at the Friendly Confines and hot dogs will be available for $1 the following day.

The Cubs also plan to start giving away T-shirts commemorating the late Ron Santo in the bleachers on May 30.

The Chicago Tribune said the promotions were announced as baseball attendance dipped during the first month of the season.


Smoltz misses cut at Ga. Nationwide event

VALDOSTA, Ga., April 30 (UPI) -- Eight-time all-star baseball pitcher John Smoltz took a hit to his pro golfing hopes Saturday, missing the cut by 27 strokes at a Nationwide Tour event.

Smoltz, a likely future Hall of Famer hurler, wasn't able to transfer those skills to the links at the South Georgia Classic, carding a 15-over-par 87 in the tourney's second round.

His two-round total of 27-over 171 was well below the cut line of 144.

"Never in a million years did I think I would shoot those two rounds but it happened," Smoltz told MLB.com. "I'm going to learn from it and stick to recreational golf for right now until I get back to the point where I want to be."

Smoltz, who spent 20 of his 21 major league seasons with the Atlanta Braves, received a sponsor's exemption to compete in the tourney.

He is currently a sports analyst for the TNT and TBS television networks.

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