ST. LOUIS — Cardinals Hall of Famer Lou Brock, a former stolen base champion, had his left leg amputated below the knee due to an infection related to diabetes.
The Cardinals and a longtime friend, Dick Zitzmann, confirmed Wednesday that Brock, 76, had the surgery last month. Brock is going through therapy at an area hospital and will be fitted for a prosthetic leg.
Brock was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes about 15 years ago and had the procedure done Oct. 27, Zitzmann said.
"He's got a long road ahead, but he's a tough guy," Zitzmann said. "He's got a great attitude."
Brock has been a national spokesman for a diabetes drug manufacturer the past five years or so. Zitzmann said Brock "watched his diet meticulously."
BORAS, MARLINS AT ODDS: The Marlins' feud with agent Scott Boras escalated, and the team said he'll be left out of future negotiations regarding ace Jose Fernandez. Team president David Samson pledged to exclude Boras after the agent complained about the team's handling of another of his clients, outfielder Marcell Ozuna. The dispute reduces the already slim chance the Marlins will sign Fernandez, a former Alonso High standout, to a long-term deal.
YANKS GET BUSY: Yankees general manager Brian Cashman followed through on his vow to aggressively transform his team this offseason, acquiring switch-hitting outfielder Aaron Hicks from the Twins for catcher John Ryan Murphy of Bradenton and dealing infielder Jose Pirela to the Padres for minor-league right-hander Ronald Herrera. The speedy Hicks, 26, hit .256 with a .323 on-base-percentage and a .398 slugging percentage in 97 games.
HANSON DEATH: An initial incident report on the death of former Braves pitcher Tommy Hanson cited a possible crime as "overdose" without listing what Hanson might have taken, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. Hanson, 29, died late Monday in Atlanta after suffering catastrophic organ failure.
COMPENSATION TRADE: A seemingly lopsided trade between the Pirates and Marlins last month was arranged because Pittsburgh demanded compensation for allowing highly regarded special assistant Jim Benedict to take a job with Miami, espn.com reported. The Marlins sent right-hander Trevor Williams, one of their top pitching prospects, to Pittsburgh for right-hander Richard Mitchell, regarded as a marginal prospect, at best.
BRAVES: Veteran catcher A.J. Pierzynski, 38, agreed to one-year deal worth $3 million.
MARINERS: Outfielder Franklin Gutierrez was re-signed to a one-year contract. Gutierrez, 32, had a strong return last season after missing 2014 because of multiple ailments. Also, the team was nearing a deal with catcher Chris Iannetta, 32, the Tacoma News Tribune reported.
NATIONALS: Right-hander Stephen Strasburg had a noncancerous growth surgically removed from his back about a month ago, agent Scott Boras said.