Baseball Mets starter Mike Pelfrey has a partial tear in his right elbow and said Thursday he is “99 percent’’ certain he will have reconstructive Tommy John surgery that will sideline him until next year. Pelfrey, 0-0 with a 2.29 ERA after three starts, said doctors told him there was a 10-20 percent chance that an injection could help him avoid surgery. But Pelfrey, 28, said he realized there was a possibility he might alter his delivery to compensate, and that could cause a more serious shoulder problem. The MRI results were sent to James Andrews for a second opinion and it was decided that Pelfrey would make a visit to see the doctor, known for ligament-replacement operations . . . The Royals’ Danny Duffy will miss Friday’s start against Minnesota because of tightness in his left elbow. Also, Kansas City outfielder Lorenzo Cain will likely be sidelined for a month with a strained left hip flexor. Cain was on a minor league rehab assignment while recovering from a strained left groin . . . Orioles lefthander Tsuyoshi Wada will seek a second opinion on his left elbow in Los Angeles from Dr. Lewis Yocum and said ligament reconstruction is likely if surgery is recommended. Wada signed an $8.15 million, two-year contract in December.
Reds, Votto finalize record agreement
The Reds and first baseman Joey Votto finalized their $251.5 million, 12-year contract, the longest guaranteed agreement in baseball history. The deal, announced April 4, adds $225 million over 10 years to his prior contract, which had been scheduled to expire after the 2013 season. He will donate 1 percent of his base salary each year to charity . . . The Tigers released third baseman Brandon Inge, 34, who was 2 for 20 with a home run and two RBIs this season . . . Blue Jays starter Dustin McGowan, experiencing shoulder pain while rehabilitating a foot injury, will be shut down for two weeks . . . Twins first baseman Chris Parmelee, who was hit in the head by a pitch from Justin Thomas of the Red Sox Wednesday, was examined by team doctors and showed no signs of a concussion. He is listed as day to day.
Nadal, Murray advance to quarterfinals
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Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray cruised into the Barcelona Open quarterfinals with straight-set victories. Nadal beat Robert Farah, 6-2, 6-3, and will face Janko Tipsarevic after he beat Frederico Gil, 6-2, 6-2. Murray will play Milos Raonic, who beat Nicolas Almagro, 6-3, 6-3. Also, David Ferrer defeated Albert Montanes, 6-0, 6-2; Fernando Verdasco beat Kevin Anderson, 6-4, 6-4; Kei Nishikori beat Albert Ramos, 7-6 (7-2), 6-3; and Feliciano Lopez defeated Jarkko Nieminen, 6-3, 6-1 . . . Top-ranked Victoria Azarenka advanced to the Porsche Grand Prix quarterfinals in Stuttgart, Germany, when Andrea Petkovic retired after injuring her right ankle. Azarenka was leading, 6-2, 4-4. In other matches, Mona Barthel upset Marion Bartoli, 6-3, 6-1; Petra Kvitova beat Francesca Schiavone, 6-2, 6-2; Sam Stosur beat Julia Goerges, 6-2, 2-6, 6-3; and Li Na topped Akgul Amanmuradova, 6-4, 6-4.
Napier states case for Calhoun’s return
College basketball Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun did not appear with his players as they were honored by lawmakers at the state Capitol’s annual “Husky Day.’’ But captain Shabazz Napier said the team is hopeful the coach will be with them next season. Associate head coach George Blaney said Calhoun’s reasons for skipping the event were personal, but added that he doesn’t believe Calhoun, who will turn 70 next month, has made a decision yet about whether he will return. Five underclassmen have left the Huskies since the NCAA last month denied the school’s request for a waiver of new academic requirements. . . . Former Syracuse assistant coach Bernie Fine was hired as a consultant by the Maccabi Haifa franchise of the Israeli Super League. Fine, 66, was fired in November after two former ball boys accused him of sexually abusing them more than 20 years ago. Fine has denied the allegations and has not been charged.
FBI investigating Landis for fraud
Miscellany Cyclist Floyd Landis is being investigated by federal prosecutors for possible wire and mail fraud connected to a defense fund he set up to fight doping charges, according to multiple reports. U-T San Diego first reported on the case, and said late Thursday that Landis confirmed he has received a letter from the US attorney’s office informing him he is a target of a federal probe. Landis was stripped of his 2006 Tour de France title for performance-enhancing drug use but then raised money through the Floyd Fairness Fund to try and clear his name. ESPN said the fund wound up raising more than $1 million. Landis lost his appeal, however, and later admitted to doping . . . Major League Soccer’s Colorado Rapids signed forward Edu from Brazil’s Vitoria, while the Columbus Crew signed Costa Rican striker Jairo Arrieta. Arrieta can play for the Crew after the transfer window opens June 27 . . . FIFA published a new code of conduct for all players and officials that includes direct orders to reject bribery and corruption . . . NASCAR driver Tony Stewart won the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown charity event in Richmond, Va. . . . Weber State named Jody Sears interim football coach to replace John L. Smith, who left Monday to take the Arkansas job following that school’s firing of Bobby Petrino.