Toronto Blue Jays left-hander Jimmy Key broke his right ankle Sunday during an accident outside his home in Tarpon Springs, Fla., and will be in a cast for the next four weeks.
The Blue Jays said yesterday that Key was on a 12-foot ladder changing a security light bulb when the ladder began to give way. Blue Jays spokesman Howard Starkman said Key jumped off the ladder onto a grassy area and sustained an avulsion fracture to the outside part of the ankle, meaning part of the bone had been torn away.
* ATHLETICS: Pitcher Dave Stewart had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee to trim torn cartilage.
The team said there were no complications, and said the right-hander is expected to be at full strength at the start of spring training in February.
* PIRATES: Catcher Mike LaValliere, who last week accepted a )) salary arbitration offer from the Pittsburgh Pirates, has agreed on the money for a $6.3 million, three-year contract, but the language for the deal still is being negotiated.