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MLB notes: High grade for race hiring, C+ for gender

Major League Baseball received a high grade for racial diversity among its employees but a middling mark when it comes to hiring women.

Baseball received its fourth straight A for race hiring in the annual report by Richard Lapchick's Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sports at the University of Central Florida.

MLB's grade for gender hiring fell to C+ from B- last year and a B in 2010. Baseball got an F among team vice presidents and a D among senior administration.

"It was primarily at the team level," Lapchick said Wednesday. "There was a significant drop in the percentage of women in professional positions at the team level."

Lapchick recommends that MLB Commissioner Bud Selig direct teams to consider minorities and women of color for all front-office jobs, following the example set when he told them they must look at minorities when filling openings for manager and general manager.

Crawford to see Dr. Andrews

Boston Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford is going to see Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion on the left elbow that has plagued him since he reported to spring training. Red Sox Manager Bobby Valentine said on Wednesday that Crawford was in the process of scheduling a visit with Andrews, one of the best-known orthopedic surgeons in the business. Valentine called the visit "a fact-finding mission," but didn't have many more details about it. Crawford had surgery in January on his left wrist and has not played in a game this season.

Pineda out for season

Yankees starter Michael Pineda will miss the rest of the season because of a tear in the labrum of his right shoulder. The Yankees say the right-hander will have arthroscopic surgery next Tuesday and be out for about a year. Pineda hasn't appeared in a game for the Yankees after being traded from Seattle in January. He has been out since he had discomfort in the shoulder during a spring training start on March 30.

Short hops

■ The Giants put Aubrey Huff on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday while he received treatment for an anxiety attack. Huff left the team in New York over the weekend after struggling at the plate and in the field. The Giants originally said he had a family emergency. Huff was moved to second base for the first time in his career on Saturday and failed to cover the base on a potential double play, helping the Mets rally for a 5-4 win.

■ Former Tigers pitcher Jeremy Bonderman says he wants another shot at playing in the major leagues. The 29-year-old had elbow-ligament replacement surgery Tuesday to help him attempt to make a comeback next spring. He hasn't pitched since 2010 when he was 8-10 and had a 5.53 ERA over 29 starts.

Andy Pettitte, 39, allowed three earned runs and seven singles in 5-plus innings for the Yankees' Double-A affiliate Wednesday night in his third minor-league start as he works toward making New York's rotation.

Pettitte, 39, was making his third minor-league start as he continues his comeback after retiring following the 2010 season. He struck out three and walked one and came out after allowing a leadoff single in the sixth.

The left-hander received a standing ovation from the crowd when he departed after facing one batter in the sixth, acknowledging the fans with a wave. He threw 81 pitches, 59 for strikes.

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