Yankees infielder Ramiro Pena has emergency appendectomy


Matt Holliday and Adam Dunn have started a trend, as Yankees backup infielder Ramiro Pena has joined them in undergoing an emergency appendectomy in the middle of the season.

George King of the New York Post reports that Pena is expected to miss 4-6 weeks after having the surgery early this morning in Tampa Bay, but Dunn returned to the lineup after just six days and Holliday missed only nine days.

Obviously the White Sox and Cardinals had more motivation to rush middle-of-the-order hitters back than the Yankees will with a utility man, although New York is short-handed already with Alex Rodriguez on the disabled list.

Brandon Laird will be called up from Triple-A to replace Pena on the roster and figures to split time at third base with Eduardo Nunez.

Mike Fiers may not be ready for start of regular season due to back issue

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Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports that Tigers starter Mike Fiers is dealing with a back issue and may not be ready for the start of the season. Manager Ron Gardenhire characterized the injury as a “stiff back” and added, “Maybe a little bit of a bulging disk or something like that.”

Fiers, 32, signed a one-year, $6 million deal with the Tigers in December. He has had a forgettable spring, yielding 12 runs on 10 hits and eight walks with seven strikeouts in 11 1/3 innings.

Fiers had a rotation spot locked up along with Michael Fulmer, Jordan Zimmermann, and Francisco Liriano. Matt Boyd and Daniel Norris were battling it out for the No. 5 spot. If Fiers opens the regular season on the 10-day disabled list, both could have spots in the rotation.