HOUSTON — Houston shortstop Adam Everett will miss the Astros' three-game series with the Milwaukee Brewers after returning to Georgia for his daughter's surgery.
Everett flew to Kennesaw, Ga., on Thursday night to be with his wife, Jennifer, while their 8-month-old daughter, Peyton, had surgery.
The Astros did not say what kind of surgery was performed, but it was pronounced a success. Everett is expected back Monday when the team travels to Pittsburgh for a four-game series.
BULLINGTON CALLED UP: Right-hander Bryan Bullington, the No. 1 pick in the June 2002 draft, was among five players called up by the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday from Triple-A Indianapolis.
Also called up were left-hander Tom Gorzelanny and right-hander Matt Capps, third baseman Jose Bautista and catcher Ronny Paulino. Indianapolis was eliminated from the International League playoffs on Thursday.
SILVA FACES SURGERY: Minnesota Twins right-hander Carlos Silva will have surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee "as soon as possible," manager Ron Gardenhire said Friday. The announcement officially ends the season for Silva, who was diagnosed with the injury in April and had pitched with it until Sunday, when he left Minnesota's 12-4 loss at Cleveland after allowing four runs and four hits in one inning.
UMPIRE CHARLIE WILLIAMS DIES: Charlie Williams, the first black umpire to work behind home plate in a World Series game, has died. He was 61.
Williams, of Chicago, died Sept. 10 of complications from diabetes at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.
"He recognized that it was hard being a black umpire, that there were times that people had nasty racial things to say," said Diana Williams, his wife of 26 years. "But the main thing is that he wanted to do a good job. He loved it."
Williams was the home-plate umpire for the marathon Game 4 of the 1993 World Series between the Philadelphia Phillies and Toronto Blue Jays. At 4 hours, 14 minutes, is was the longest game in World Series history. It also set records for most runs by both teams (29) and most runs scored by a losing team (14). Toronto won the game at Veterans Stadium 15-14 and took the Series in six games.
LIGAMENT REPLACED: Shortstop Cesar Izturis had ligament replacement surgery Friday on his troublesome right elbow, and the Los Angeles Dodgers hope he will return by next year's All-Star break. Izturis went on the disabled list Aug. 23 with arthritis in his elbow and also a sprained lower back. An MRI exam of the elbow revealed problems. The All-Star shortstop batted .257 with two home runs and 31 RBIs this season.