Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera had a benign tumor removed from his spine and is expected to be ready for spring training. Cabrera, who hasn’t played since Aug. 1 because of an ankle injury, had the surgery on Aug. 30. He was experiencing back pain for about four months, but hadn’t told anyone about it, Toronto general manager Alex Anthopoulos said Saturday before the Blue Jays played the Twins in Minneapolis. The tumor was pushing on nerves and causing weakness in his legs this season. Cabrera signed a two-year, $16-million contract with Toronto in the offseason . . .The Pirates activated outfielder Starling Marte from the 15-day disabled list and recalled righthander Brandon Cumpton from Triple A Indianapolis. Marte will be available to pinch run while he recovers from a strained ligament in his right ring finger . . . The host Pawtucket Red Sox lost to the Rochester Red Wings, 9-1, knotting their International League first-round playoff series at two games apiece.
Peterson, Svoboda tied after 3 rounds
John Peterson and Andrew Svoboda shared the third-round lead in the Chiquita Classic in Davidson, N.C., the second tournament in the four-event Web.com Tour Finals series. Peterson shot a 5-under-par 67 to match Svoboda at 10-under 206. Svoboda had a 69. Troy Matteson, Peter Malnati, and Greg Owen were a stroke back . . . Bernhard Langer shot a 5-under 67 to open up a three-stroke lead in the Champions Tour’s Montreal Championship in Sainte-Julie, Quebec. Kenny Perry was 3 under along with Willie Wood, Chien Soon Lu, Bill Glasson, and Anders Forsbrand . . . Craig Lee shot a 10-under 61 for a two-shot lead after the third round of the European Masters in Crans-Sur-Sierre, Switzerland. Lee birdied the first six holes and had 11 birdies overall to equal the lowest round in a European Tour event this year. Tied for second were Thomas Bjornk, Alejandro Canizares, and Victor Dubuisson. RichardFinch made a hole-in-one at the 208-yard 13th . . . NCAA champion Max Homa beat Max Orrin, 5 and 3, and the United States won the first six singles matches in the Walker Cup in Southampton, N.Y., to take an 8-4 lead over Britain and Ireland.
Quinn cut, expected to return to Jets
The Jets released Brady Quinn, leaving rookie starter GenoSmith and Matt Simms as the team’s only healthy quarterbacks for the opener against Tampa Bay. The move had been expected because coach Rex Ryan prefers to not have three quarterbacks active for games — and it prevents Quinn’s salary from being guaranteed. Quinn was signed by the Jets on Monday with Mark Sanchez sidelined with a shoulder injury. It’s very likely the Jets will re-sign Quinn this week. Also, the Jets promoted former UConn linebacker Danny Lansanah from the practice squad. He last played in a regular-season game in 2009.
Two local stars make college choices
Two of the top high school talents in Massachusetts from the class of 2014 — Abdul-MalikAbu (Boston) and Jared Terrell (Weymouth) — announced their college decisions at Reggie Lewis Center. Abu chose North Carolina State, Terrell chose Oklahoma State. Abu, a 6-foot-8-inch, 230-pound forward who stars for Kimball Union Academy (Meriden, N.H.) and is ranked 44th in the ESPN 100, said the decision was based on gut instincts and a chance to contribute immediately. “They’ve been looking for a combo forward this whole time and they got one,” he said. “So I think I’m going to go in there and have an opportunity to be a focal point.” A key factor for Terrell, a 6-3, 220-pound guard and the 76th-ranked prospect by ESPN out of Brewster Academy (Wolfeboro, N.H.), was the official visit. “Just thinking about Oklahoma, you just think about farmland and just being flat,” he said. “But when I went out there it just blew me away.” . . . In the WNBA, Tamika Catchings had 15 points as the host Indiana Fever beat the Connecticut Sun, 69-60, clinching a playoff berth. KelseyGriffin had 14 points for the Sun.
Burns retains WBO lightweight title
Ricky Burns withstood a broken jaw and being knocked down by Raymundo Beltran to keep his WBO lightweight title after a draw in Glasglow, Scotland . . . The Washington Capitals re-signed restricted free agent center Marcus Johansson to a two-year, $4 million contract . . . The Phoenix Coyotes signed restricted free agent forward Mikkel Boedker to a two-year contract . . . Ridden by Robby Albarado, Departing overtook Ruler of Love to win the $500,000 Grade II Super Derby at Louisiana Downs, giving trainer Al Stall Jr. his record third victory in the race . . . With Javier Castellano aboard, Hyper rallied to beat Finnegans Wake in the $250,000 Bowling Green Handicap, the opening-day feature at Belmont Park in New York.