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Union leader has brain tumor

NEW YORK — Michael Weiner, who succeeded Donald Fehr as head of the players' union three years ago and negotiated a labor deal last fall in a seamless transition, is being treated for a brain tumor.

The union said Tuesday he began treatments Monday that are expected to last about a month. The union said it anticipates he will continue to work from its New York office daily during the treatments.

"It's shocking," Blue Jays RHP Carlos Villanueva said. "We told him, take care of himself first, which is the most important part of it all. I know he's going to want to go into the office every day and keep track of everything.

"It's just the way his brain is wired. He was more concerned about us when we had our discussion about it. There were maybe 100 players on that phone call, and nobody said a word. We were all shocked. But he never buries the lead. He came right out with it."

Weiner, 50, succeeded Fehr in December 2009 to become just the fourth head of the union since 1966.

CABRERA ASSOCIATE BANNED: Commissioner Bud Selig banned Melky Cabrera associate Juan Nunez from all team clubhouses. Nunez, a consultant for Cabrera's agents at ACES Inc., took responsibility for fabricating a website that the Giants All-Star outfielder was relying on as he prepared for a grievance to challenge a drug test that was positive for testosterone. Also, the Giants canceled an order for 20,000 Cabrera T-shirts.

PESKY HONORED: The Red Sox honored Johnny Pesky by wearing his No. 6 on the back of all their uniforms. Pesky, who played, managed and served as a broadcaster for Boston in a baseball career that lasted more than 60 years, died Aug. 13 at age 92.

STEALS MARK: Reds prospect Billy Hamilton broke the minor-league stolen base record, passing Vince Coleman's 145 with his third steal for Double-A Pensacola against Montgomery. He stole another base in the game to give him 147.

BLUE JAYS: 3B Brett Lawrie, on the disabled list since Aug. 4, stopped his rehab for a right oblique injury after feeling sore when he woke up.

CARDINALS: RHP Jake Westbrook agreed to a one-year deal with a mutual option for 2014.

CUBS: The club confirmed that former Rays RHP Matt Garza is out for the season because of a stress reaction in his elbow.

D'BACKS: RF Justin Upton left the game against the Marlins after the first inning with tightness in his left hamstring.

DODGERS: RHP Rubby De La Rosa, who had reconstructive elbow surgery a little more than a year ago, was activated from the disabled list.

INDIANS: RHP Josh Tomlin is set to have season-ending reconstructive elbow surgery today.

MARLINS: RHP Jacob Turner, acquired in the trade that sent RHP Anibal Sanchez to the Tigers, is expected to make his club debut today.

METS: LHP Johan Santana, who had an MRI exam on his stiff back, appears likely to miss Thursday's scheduled start.

ORIOLES: DH Jim Thome, on the disabled list since July 31 with a herniated disc in his neck, is ahead of schedule and will begin rehab today at the spring complex in Sarasota.

ROCKIES: All-Star SS Troy Tulowitzki, out for nearly three months with a groin injury that required surgery, is scheduled to be examined by a specialist today and could be cleared to begin a rehab assignment this weekend.

TIGERS: RHP Doug Fister has tightness in his right groin and is not sure if he'll make his next start.

TWINS: RHP Carl Pavano, on the DL since June 4 with a strain in his pitching shoulder, was diagnosed with a bruise on his humerus bone and is out for the season.

WHITE SOX: CF Alejandro De Aza went on the 15-day disabled list with bruised left ribs.

Union leader has brain tumor 08/21/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 22, 2012 12:58am]

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