League gave Mets loan

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Hounded by a multimillion dollar lawsuit filed by the trustee trying to recover money for victims of the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme, the New York Mets acknowledged Friday that they received a loan in November to help cover expenses.

New York Mets' David Wright (left) talks with manager Terry Collins during spring training. The team said Friday that it had received a loan from Major League Baseball to cover expenses.   Associated Press
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New York Mets' David Wright (left) talks with manager Terry Collins during spring training. The team said Friday that it had received a loan from Major League Baseball to cover expenses.

"We said in October that we expected to have a short-term liquidity issue," the team said in a statement. "To address this, we did receive a loan from Major League Baseball in November. Beyond that, we will not discuss the matter any further."

The New York Times and Daily News said the loan amount was $25 million.

The trustee, Irving H. Picard , sued Mets owner Fred Wilpon , brother-in-law and team President Saul Katz and various family members and entities related to Sterling Equities, seeking at least $300 million.

Picard claimed the Mets profited with their Madoff investments and ignored warnings that his high returns might be false. Losses in the Ponzi scheme are estimated at around $20 billion.

RANGERS: Texas third baseman Adrian Beltre will miss at least the first week of spring training games because of a strained right calf that is still bothering him.

Assistant general manager Thad Levine says the Rangers will be cautious with Beltre after an MRI showed an overstretching of the muscle but no tear. Beltre is expected to be ready for the regular season.

CARDINALS: St. Louis opened spring training with one of the strongest rotations in baseball. But on Thursday, the team said 20-game winner Adam Wainwright needed ligament replacement surgery on his pitching elbow and will miss the season.

Kyle McClellan is at the top of a list of seven pitchers who could fill Wainwright's spot. After entering previous camps prepared to battle for a rotation spot, McClellan came to Jupiter, Fla., this year as a reliever.

"In this situation I'd like to start," McClellan said. "I feel like we are in a good spot in the bullpen. I've put my time in and learned a lot in the bullpen."

ROCKIES: Carlos Gonzalez will be Colorado's left fielder this season.

Gonzalez won a Gold Glove last year after finishing the season with the second-highest fielding percentage among National League outfielders. He won the honor despite playing all three outfield spots.

ANGELS: First baseman Kendry Morales , whose 2010 season came to an end when he broke his leg while jumping on home plate to celebrate a game-ending grand slam, should be ready to play by opening day, Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Friday.

Morales is expected to see early spring action as a designated hitter.

- Pitching coach Mike Butcher said Friday that he is cancer free. He was diagnosed with thyroid cancer six weeks ago.

Butcher had his thyroid gland and 14 lymph nodes removed on Feb. 10.

He said that a decision on his treatment would be made next month and that he was told he would not need chemotherapy.

TWINS: Outfielder Michael Cuddyer could miss the next few days because of a painful wart on his left foot.

WHITE SOX: Third baseman Mark Teahen abruptly left Chicago's spring training camp to tend to a health issue involving a family member.

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