Hall of Fame outfielder Tony Gwynn was scheduled for surgery Tuesday to remove a new cancerous tumor inside his right cheek.
Gwynn, now San Diego State’s baseball coach, previously had a malignant growth removed from the same spot in August 2010.
Gwynn’s wife, Alicia, told ESPN that doctors do not believe the cancer has spread outside of Gwynn’s salivary gland. But she said she expected to know more after Tuesday’s operation at the Moores Cancer Center at the University of California San Diego.
Gwynn had blamed the original growth on his use of smokeless tobacco.
RAYS: Joe Maddon insisted all along that he wasn’t interested in managing any other team than Tampa Bay.
And apparently the Rays feel the same about Maddon. A person familiar with the deal said Tuesday that the Rays and Maddon had agreed on a three-year contract extension after the manager led them to the playoffs three of the past four seasons.
WHITE SOX: Four years later, they finally signed Kosuke Fukudome – and for a fraction of the price he cost the Cubs.
The outfielder agreed to a one-year contract that guarantees $1 million. He will get a $500,000 salary this year, and the White Sox have a $3.5 million option for 2013 with a $500,000 buyout.
BREWERS: Reliever Jose Veras was was awarded a $2 million salary by a three-person arbitration panel Tuesday rather than his request for $2,375,000.
Veras was 2-4 with a 3.80 ERA in a career-high 79 appearances for Pittsburgh last season.
ORIOLES: Agreed with center fielder Adam Jones to a one-year contract, avoiding arbitration.
Jones hit .280 last season and set career highs in games (151), doubles (26), homers (25) and RBI (83).
ROYALS: Exercised their option on manager Ned Yost to keep him with the club through the 2013 season.
COMPENSATION: Boston and the Cubs have submitted written arguments to baseball Commissioner Bud Selig on what compensation the Red Sox should receive for allowing Theo Epstein to leave for Chicago. Selig has not given any timetable for a decision.
DODGERS SALE: Remaining bidders for the franchise have been told they will be scheduled for meetings with Major League Baseball’s ownership committee early March.