Atlanta's Jones to undergo therapy, not surgery, on sore shoulder

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There will be no off-season shoulder surgery for Chipper Jones .

An MRI on Jones' sore right shoulder showed acute tendinitis and also showed the overall structure of the shoulder is normal for a 36-year-old third baseman, the Atlanta Braves said Wednesday.

Braves orthopedist Dr. Xavier Duralde has prescribed therapy for the shoulder, followed by a strength program.

Jones won the National League batting title with a .364 average. He had 22 home runs and 75 RBI but played in only 128 games and was limited to only pinch-hitting duty in the final week of the season.

METS: Ace Johan Santana had arthroscopic surgery on torn cartilage in his left knee and is expected to be ready for spring training.

News of the injury came as a surprise. Santana pitched a three-hit shutout on Saturday against Florida to pull the Mets into a tie for the NL wild card before they were eliminated from playoff contention the following day.

"Johan's exit physical, standard for all players, took place yesterday. An MRI revealed a torn meniscus in his left knee, which necessitated surgery," general manager Omar Minaya said.

- In Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Mets pitcher Ambiorix Burgos was driving an SUV when it slammed into two women who later died of their injuries, police said. Police were still searching for Burgos.

- The Mets scheduled a telephone news conference for today to announce a new contract for general manager Omar Minaya .

Minaya became GM after the 2005 season and was given a four-year contract. After his deal is finalized, the Mets likely will turn their attention to a contract for Jerry Manuel , who became interim manager in June when Willie Randolph was fired.

ASTROS: Declined the club contract option on Doug Brocail , though general manager Ed Wade said the team would try to re-sign the 41-year-old reliever for next season.

Brocail went 7-5 with a 3.93 ERA and two saves in a career-high 72 appearances for the Astros in 2008.

CARDINALS: Pitcher Chris Carpenter will not have surgery for a nerve problem in his shoulder, hoping he'll be ready for spring training after therapy and rest.

"There's always a risk," General manager John Mozeliak said. "How you control it is going to be telltale over the next few months. But the consensus is there are some non-surgical benefits."

TIGERS: The final out might be near for what remains of Tiger Stadium.

The Detroit City Council's planning and economic development committee decided that a preservation group must pay $219,000 to the city by Tuesday morning.

If that payment isn't made, the council might vote the same day to fully demolish the old ballpark.

PIRATES: Lanny Frattare is retiring after 33 seasons as a Pittsburgh announcer, the longest tenure for a broadcaster in the club's 122-year history.

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