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Tampa Bay Rays catcher Dioner Navarro has elbow surgery

Rays catcher Dioner Navarro had left elbow surgery in late October to stabilize an ulnar nerve but is expected to be ready for spring training, the team said Monday.

Navarro, 25, is coming off a disappointing season in which he hit .218 with eight homers and 32 RBIs, with the switch-hitter especially struggling against right-handed pitchers (.182). Navarro, an All-Star in 2008, could get a raise from his $2.1 million salary this winter in his second year of arbitration.

Neither Navarro nor his agent was available for comment.

The Rays also said outfielder Fernando Perez had left shoulder surgery early last month to repair his labrum, a similar procedure to the one B.J. Upton had last offseason. Perez, 26, who missed most of last season due to left wrist surgery, is expected back for spring training.

In other Rays news, veteran reliever Jason Isringhausen, who is out until likely the middle of the 2010 season due to elbow surgery, filed for free agency.

KIDNAPPING: Assailants who kidnapped the mother of former Rays pitcher Victor Zambrano in Venezuela decided to take her only after they found little of value during a burglary, police said. There has been no ransom demand in the abduction of Elizabeth Mendez Zambrano, 56, grabbed Sunday at her son's farm near Maracay.

DRUG LIST: All 27 active judges on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York may take the unprecedented step of rehearing the baseball drug list case, which could delay a resolution until at least 2011.

CUBAN star HURT: The pitcher who helped Cuba beat the Orioles in the U.S. a decade ago tried to stop a fight in Havana and was smashed in the face with a blunt object. Norge Luis Vera, 38, will need reconstructive surgery.

HEADING TO U.S.: Japanese right-hander Ryota Igarashi of the Yakult Swallows filed for free agency, saying he wants to play in the majors. Igarashi, 30, was used primarily as a reliever.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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