Thursday, February 5, 2004
Boone to have surgery Tuesday
ESPN.com news services
NEW YORK -- Drew Henson was put on waivers by the Yankees on Thursday, and New York also announced that Aaron Boone will have exploratory arthroscopic surgery Tuesday on his left knee.
Anaheim team physician Dr. Lewis Yocum will operate on Boone, the Yankees' starting third baseman for the final three months of last season.
Henson, who intends to pursue a career as an NFL quarterback, agreed to terminate his contract, thus giving up the $12 million remaining on the $17 million, six-year deal he agreed to in 2001.
With both Henson and Boone out of the mix at third, the Yankees earlier in the week worked out a trade to obtain Mike Lamb from the Texas Rangers. The deal has yet to be completed.
If no team claims Henson by Monday, he would become a baseball
free agent. Because of the amount of money he is owed, no club is
likely to put in a waiver claim.
Boone was hurt Jan. 16 during a pickup basketball game and might
have torn his anterior cruciate ligament.
Also, the Yankees sold the contract of infielder Fernando
Seguignol to the Nippon Ham Fighters of Japan's Pacific League. He
was designated for assignment Jan. 12 after the Yankees signed
infielder Tony Clark.
Seguignol was 1-for-7 (.143) for the Yankees last season and led
the International League with a .341 average for Columbus, New
York's Triple-A team. He had 28 homers and 87 RBIs and was voted
the league's MVP.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.