|Padres lefthander David Wells, 43, was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes two weeks ago and will be meeting with doctors. (FILE/LENNY IGNELZI/ASSOCIATED PRESS)|
Wells is diagnosed with diabetes
Condition is said to be manageable
San Diego Padres lefthander David Wells has Type 2 diabetes, which the team says is controllable.
"It's something he'll have to manage and something we'll have to help him manage," chief executive officer Sandy Alderson said yesterday. "It's not unprecedented by any means."
Wells was diagnosed two weeks ago, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported in yesterday's editions.
Asked if he feels less energy at times, Wells said: "It depends." He declined further comment.
Manager Bud Black said Wells needs to meet with doctors.
"From what I've been told, it'll be manageable," Black said.
The 43-year-old former Red Sox signed a one-year contract in January to return to his hometown Padres as the No. 5 starter. The 6-foot-3-inch, 248-pounder often has battled his weight, and was scratched from a start late last season because of gout in his right foot.
White, a 29-year-old lefthander, discovered a valuable rock quarry behind a house he bought from an aunt three years ago in Cummington in western Massachusetts.
But while everyone else wanted to talk about his possible fortune, White wanted to stay focused on baseball.
The attention the quarry received wasn't to blame for his reassignment, he said.
Talk of the rock fortune was strange for a week, "but it settled down and I was able to do my job on the mound and that's what they are looking at," White said. "I don't even want to talk about rocks right now, but it wasn't a distraction to my pitching."
The reliever allowed one earned run and two hits in 7 1/3 innings. He said he will be sent to Triple A Las Vegas, where he is likely to be a situational pitcher.
"Just go down and get your work in, keep your focus on what you have been doing since you have been up here," White said the team told him. "I will continue to work on my sidearm pitches and go down and get some innings to get ready to be called up."