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IN BRIEF : Brewers’ Higuera to Have Surgery

<i> From Times staff and wire service reports </i>

Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Teddy Higuera is expected to miss the beginning of the regular season as a result of back surgery, the American League team said today.

Higuera, who has been bothered sporadically by back trouble in recent seasons, was scheduled to undergo the surgery this afternoon at a Milwaukee hospital. The Brewers said Higuera would be out of action for six weeks, and then estimated it would take another six weeks for him to fully recover.

Team doctor Paul Jacobs was to perform the surgery to repair or remove a herniated disc in Higuera’s lower back. He began experiencing back pain a couple of weeks ago at his off-season home in Juarez, Mexico, while jogging, the team said.

Higuera, 30, is seeking a $600,000 pay raise this year for a salary of more than $1.6 million, or about $300,000 more than that offered by the Brewers.

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Higuera’s pay request was the highest of those submitted by six unsigned Brewers who are eligible for salary arbitration.


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