September 23, 2013 |
That C.J. Wilson surpassed the 200-inning mark for the fourth consecutive season on Sunday is as much a testament to Dr. Lewis Yocum, the longtime Angels physician who died of liver cancer at age 65 in May, as it is to the left-handed pitcher's durability. Yocum, who saved the careers of hundreds of professional baseball players, performed Tommy John surgery on Wilson's elbow in 2003, after Wilson had completed his third season in the Texas Rangers organization. Yocum also performed two cleanup procedures on Wilson's elbow, one in 2008, after Wilson's second year as a Rangers reliever, and another last October, following Wilson's first season with the Angels after signing a five-year, $77.5-million deal with the team.
September 12, 2013 |
The regular season is almost over and Carl Crawford is still healthy. "I'm just grateful," Crawford said. This time last year, Crawford was recovering from reconstructive elbow surgery. "Just to be able play baseball again, to be able to do what I've done all my life, not having to worry about getting hurt," Crawford said. Crawford played in his 106th game Thursday. He played in only 31 last season for the Boston Red Sox, who traded him to the Dodgers days after his operation.
September 3, 2013 |
NEW YORK -- Lleyton Hewitt, a 32-year-old Australian who won the U.S. Open in 2001 and who was never a U.S. crowd favorite because he once was perceived to have made racist comments toward popular American James Blake, had the crowd on Louis Armstrong Stadium chanting his name Tuesday. In a quarterfinal match against Mikhail Youzhny, Hewitt, who is ranked only 66th in the world and has had at least five surgeries over the last decade, retrieved a shot after he tripped and fell. His desperate attempt left blood running down his elbow, and the ball went into the net. Not long after that, Hewitt was beaten by 21st-seeded Youzhny, a 31-year-old Russian, 6-3, 3-6, 6-7 (3)
July 31, 2013 |
ARLINGTON, Texas - An injury-plagued and frustration-filled first season with the Angels came to an end Wednesday for reliever Sean Burnett, who was diagnosed with a small tear in his flexor tendon and is out for the year. Burnett, the former Washington Nationals setup man who signed a two-year, $8-million deal with the Angels last winter, said he probably will undergo surgery, which would sideline him for three to five months but would be a better option than injections or rest and rehabilitation, which haven't worked this season.
July 16, 2013 |
Tiger Woods isn't wasting much time with sleep as he prepares for the start of the British Open on Thursday. For the last few days, the world's top-ranked golfer has been waking up at the crack of dawn, eager to start his practice rounds. "I like getting up early, especially when the sun comes up at 4 in the morning here," he told reporters. "Its hard to sleep in. " Muirfield officials have been holding him back a bit, with no golfers allowed to tee off until 7 a.m. while the grounds crew grooms the course.
July 14, 2013 |
If there were any doubts about Tiger Woods' determination to return from an elbow injury and play in the British Open this week, he pretty much put them to rest on Sunday. Stepping off an overnight flight to Scotland, Woods went directly to Muirfield for a practice round. "I took a couple of weeks off and that's why I didn't play and I started practicing last week," Woods told ESPN.com while playing with Jason Day and Dustin Johnson. "It felt fine. That's one of the reasons I let it heal, so I could go right back at it. " Woods hasn't played since the U.S. Open last month.