Ramsay to have brain surgery

January 22, 2002

San Diego Padres relief pitcher Rob Ramsay is scheduled to have surgery on Wednesday to remove a tumor from his brain.

The 28-year-old started suffering from headaches soon after the Padres claimed him off waivers from Seattle on November 20. He eventually had an MRI exam after Christmas, which revealed the “racquetball-size” tumor.

“No one knows how serious this is right now,” said Padres general manager Kevin Towers. “We’re praying that it is benign, but no one will know anything more until after the surgery. Rob is very upbeat.”

Ramsay told friends and family that the medical reports have been positive so far. The surgery will take place at the University of San Francisco Medical Center.

The 6-foot-5 southpaw who had a 4.19 ERA in two seasons with Seattle, pitched last year with Triple-A Tacoma, going 10-11, 4.82.

San Diego also learned that right-handed reliever Jeremy Fikac will have a cyst surgically removed from his right index finger. The Padres will miss him for nearly two months.