August 28, 2013 |
NEW YORK - The five TVs in the visitors' clubhouse at Citi Field showed a news conference happening in a room down the hallway, and many Phillies paused to watch this cruel game seize another promising arm. There is a torn ligament in Matt Harvey's right elbow. One of baseball's best pitchers may require Tommy John surgery. Michael Young clutched a bat, glanced at one TV, and sighed. Weeks earlier, from the same spot, the Phillies infielder shook his head while contemplating how one is supposed to hit a 93-m.p.h.
May 29, 2013 |
LOS ANGELES - Renowned orthopedic surgeon Lewis Yocum, 65, who extended the careers of many big-leaguers by repairing injuries that once would have ended their playing days, has died. Dr. Yocum had been the team orthopedist of the Los Angeles Angels for 36 years. Team spokesman Tim Mead said Tuesday that Dr. Yocum died Saturday in Manhattan Beach, Calif. A protege of Frank Jobe, who pioneered the elbow ligament replacement surgery popularly known as Tommy John surgery in 1974, Dr. Yocum worked on the Nationals' Stephen Strasburg and Jordan Zimmerman, the Twins' Francisco Liriano, the Mets Billy Wagner, and the Rangers' C.J. Wilson, among others.
April 24, 2013 |
Tough times for Dodgers pitchers. The team announced Tuesday that righthander Chad Billingsley will have Tommy John surgery this week and miss the rest of the season, the latest setback for Los Angeles' rotation. Billingsley, 28, will have the elbow-ligament transplant operation Wednesday in Los Angeles. The team said it typically takes about 12 months to return to competition. Billingsley, who was 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA in two starts this season, joins a crowded Dodgers disabled list.
March 15, 2013 |
DAVID WRIGHT was scratched from the United States' World Baseball Classic game against the Dominican Republic because of sore ribs, but he's optimistic he'll be back in the lineup soon. The New York Mets third baseman said the injury had bothered him for about a week, and the Mets were aware of the issue. He was pulled from the lineup shortly before the game after USA Baseball officials consulted with the Mets. Wright said he'll be examined Friday by a Mets doctor at the team's complex in Port St. Lucie, Fla. "I'm optimistic they will allow me to come back and rejoin the team," he said.
March 15, 2013
Crowds at spring-training games are down this year by about 14 percent, the Associated Press reported Wednesday, citing totals compiled by STATS. Several factors are blamed for the decline, including exhibition games starting more than a week earlier this year before fans had arrived in Florida and Arizona on vacation and spring break. Chilly weather also led to empty seats, and fans cited watered-down lineups resulting from players' being injured, taking part in the World Baseball Classic, or wanting to rest.
February 21, 2013 |
WASHINGTON Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez did not receive performance-enhancing drugs from a South Florida wellness clinic, according to a report. Two independent sources told ESPN's "Outside the Lines" that Gonzalez, who was previously identified as being named in Biogenesis of America documents, did not receive banned substances from the clinic, or its owner Anthony Bosch. "Outside the Lines," however, obtained documents that linked five more professional baseball players to the clinic: San Diego Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera, 26, the reigning National League stolen base champion; Jordan Norberto, 26, a lefty reliever with the Oakland Athletics; Fernando Martinez, 24, a Houston Astros outfielder; Fautino De Los Santos, 27, a reliever claimed off waivers by the San Diego Padres; and Cesar Puello, 21, a New York Mets outfield prospect.
December 17, 2012 |
IT APPEARS to be just a matter of time before National League Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey is traded from the New York Mets to the Toronto Blue Jays. Negotiations on a contract extension for Dickey are the only thing holding up a trade between the teams, FoxSports.com reported, citing unnamed sources. According to the report, Dickey has until Tuesday at 2 p.m. to agree to the extension. He is under contract for 2013 at $5 million. Before the trade discussions, he sought an additional $26 million to $28 million over 2 years from the Mets.
November 29, 2012 |
BARRY BONDS, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa are listed on the baseball Hall of Fame ballot for the first time, setting up an election sure to become a referendum on the Steroids Era. The 37-player ballot was announced Wednesday. More than 600 longtime members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America will vote through next month. Candidates need 75 percent for induction, and the results will be announced Jan. 9. Bonds is the all-time home run champion with 762 and won a record seven MVP awards.
November 28, 2012 |
THE NEW YORK Mets offered third baseman David Wright a contract extension of at least 7 years, sources told Newsday, of Long Island. The value of the proposal is believed to be worth somewhere in the range of $130 million. The Mets made re-signing Wright their top offseason priority. Wright, who turns 30 next month, would become a free agent after next season if an agreement isn't reached. "Imagine the Atlanta Braves without Chipper Jones," said teammate R.A. Dickey, who is also in the middle of contract talks.
November 1, 2012
Reliever Rafael Soriano opted out of the final year of a three-year, $35 million contract with the New York Yankees on Wednesday and will likely seek a long-term deal in free agency. The move was expected after the righthander had 42 saves and a 2.26 ERA while filling in for closer Mariano Rivera this season after baseball's saves leader tore a knee ligament in early May. Soriano, who will turn 33 in December, was set to make $14 million next season. Instead, New York will pay him a $1.5 million buyout.