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NL notebook

By Wire services
Published June 15, 2006

PITTSBURGH - Right-hander Brad Lincoln, the No. 4 pick in this month's draft, reached terms Wednesday with Pittsburgh and will get a $2.75-million signing bonus.

The Pirates also signed their second-round pick, Troy State left-hander Michael Felix.

The 21-year-old Lincoln was one of the top pitchers in college baseball this season, going 12-2 with a 1.69 ERA in 17 starts for Houston. He was chosen as the Conference USA pitcher of the year after two shutouts and striking out 151 in 1272/3 innings.


Rick Ankiel's comeback has taken another turn for the worse. The pitcher-turned-outfielder will miss the rest of the season after surgery on his left knee. Ankiel had the surgery May 26 in California. He injured the patellar tendon in a spring training scrimmage on Feb. 27 in Jupiter and never played a spring or regular-season game.


Los Angeles purchased right-hander Chad Billingsley's contract from Triple-A Las Vegas and said he will start in his major-league debut today. The 21-year-old Billingsley was 6-3 with a 3.95 ERA in 13 starts for Las Vegas. Infielder-outfielder Joel Guzman was optioned to Las Vegas.


Julio Santana will miss the rest of the season because of a right elbow injury that will require Tommy John surgery to repair. He went on the disabled list with right elbow tendinitis on May 13.

Left-hande r Randy Wolf, also coming back from an elbow injury, will have his next rehabilitation start pushed back a day or two after getting hit on the left hand by a line drive Tuesday.


Former University of Texas outfielder Drew Stubbs signed a week after he was selected eighth overall in the draft, agreeing to a bonus of $2-million. Stubbs turned down $450,000 when he was picked in the third round by Houston in 2003 after his senior season at Atlanta (Texas) High School, instead choosing to attend Texas.

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