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Carter improving, daughter reports

Hall of Fame C Gary Carter has received encouraging news about his brain tumors, according to his daughter.

Carter's tumors are "80 percent better," Kimmy Bloemers wrote on the family's website according to ESPNNewYork.com, which was granted access to the private site.

Carter's doctor "is very encouraged and very very pleased with these results (as we ALL are!!)," Bloemers wrote. "There is much less swelling and the tumors are less dense and 'less angry.' The size is a little smaller but the most important fact is that these tumors are starting to GO AWAY!"

Carter, 57, had just completed his second season as coach at Palm Beach Atlantic University when he announced that he had four small tumors on his brain.

WEAVER PUNISHMENT: Angels RHP Jered Weaver was suspended six games and fined an undisclosed amount for throwing a pitch near the head of Tigers C Alex Avila in Sunday's game, and his manager Mike Scioscia was suspended for one game. Weaver will appeal.

ASTROS: MLB owners will vote on Jim Crane's proposed $680 million purchase of the team during their quarterly meetings Aug. 17-18.

A'S: SS Cliff Pennington has been diagnosed with Bell's palsy, which caused him to leave Monday's game with partial facial paralysis that prevented him from closing his left eye. He is on medication and is day to day.

BLUE JAYS: RHP Dustin McGowan could rejoin the team in September after not pitching in the majors since 2008 because of an injured right shoulder.

CARDINALS: RH reliever Mitchell Boggs was diagnosed with a bulging disc in his lower back but plans to try to pitch through it.

DODGERS: Rookie LHP Rubby De La Rosa has a sprained ulnar collateral ligament and will need elbow ligament replacement surgery that will likely keep him out through most of next season.

GIANTS: 2B Freddy Sanchez will have season-ending surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder.

MARLINS: SS Hanley Ramirez left the game against the Mets in the sixth inning after spraining his left shoulder while diving for a ball in the outfield. He is day to day. … The team scheduled exhibition games in its new downtown Miami ballpark against the Yankees for April 1-2.

METS: LHP Johan Santana, trying to come back from September shoulder surgery, cut short his rehab and will visit a doctor in New York on Thursday to examine lingering discomfort in his left shoulder.

ORIOLES: RHP Jake Arrieta will have his sore elbow examined next week. … LHP Jo-Jo Reyes was claimed on waivers from the Blue Jays. RHP Justin Duchscherer was released.

PHILLIES: RHP Roy Oswalt, out since June 24 with lower back inflammation, felt good after a second Triple-A rehab start Monday and said he's ready to come off the disabled list.

RANGERS: LH reliever Arthur Rhodes, 41, was designated for assignment to clear a spot on the 25-man roster for newly acquired RH reliever Mike Adams.

RED SOX: RHP Clay Buchholz might be able to return this season from a stress fracture in his lower back. Dr. Robert Watkins in Los Angeles confirmed the diagnosis.

ROCKIES: RF Carlos Gonzalez, out since July 22 with a strained right wrist, took batting practice for a second straight day and could begin a brief minor-league rehab assignment this week.

TIGERS: LH reliever David Purcey was designated for assignment.

WHITE SOX: 1B Paul Konerko was out of the lineup for a second straight game because of a bruised left calf.

Carter improving, daughter reports 08/02/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 3, 2011 12:54am]

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