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November 2, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
Looking back on it now, Javy Guerra had himself one heck of a season. Now maybe you're thinking otherwise, what with him starting off 2012 as the team closer , losing that role by early May and ultimately earning a trip back to the minors. Yet Guerra finished with a 2.60 earned-run average and saved eight games, despite having mid-season knee surgery , returning only to sustain a season-ending oblique injury - - and it turns out, pitching with a bum shoulder. Yep, injury No. 3 in Guerra's troubled season emerged when the Dodgers announced Friday he had undergone arthroscopic right shoulder surgery.
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March 28, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
Matt Kemp rejoined the Dodgers on Friday for the first time since their season-opening trip to Australia. And after taking batting practice with the team for one of the few times this spring, he pronounced himself ready to play when his stint on the disabled list ends next week. "When the time comes, if they want to put me in the lineup, I'll be ready to go," said Kemp, who is eligible to be activated for Friday's home opener. "I feel really good. I feel really confident. I feel like I can help this team win. " Kemp made three trips to the disabled list last season, appearing in only 73 games.
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December 27, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
World super-middleweight boxing champion Andre Ward announced Thursday that he will undergo shoulder surgery next week to repair a small tear in his shoulder capsule, a development that will lead his scheduled early 2013 opponent, former world middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik, to take a fight in the interim. Although Ward promoter Dan Goossen said the unbeaten Oakland fighter could return to boxing by "the summer," Pavlik promoter Bob Arum said that's "way too optimistic from the six-month recovery timetable process I've heard.
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March 25, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
Matt Kemp is coming! Matt Kemp is coming! Exactly when is another matter. Currently on the 15-day disabled list, he cannot be activated until April 4 - and could be. "It's a possibility," Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly said. Kemp also could be sent out on a rehabilitation assignment, the Dodgers trying very hard to be careful in the prognosis department as he returns from off-season foot and shoulder surgeries. Kemp did not join the team Tuesday when it practiced at Dodger Stadium for the first time since returning from Australia, where it swept two games against the Arizona Diamondbacks last weekend.
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January 19, 2005 | From Associated Press
Dallas Maverick Coach Don Nelson will have shoulder surgery Thursday and is expected to be away from the sidelines for three weeks. Assistant Avery Johnson will replace him. Nelson, 64, said an MRI exam showed his right rotator cuff is 90% torn. Johnson, in his first season in transition from point guard to assistant, is Nelson's hand-picked successor. He already has run games as the head coach and will have longtime NBA coach Del Harris, another of Nelson's assistants, alongside for advice.
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February 17, 1988 | RICH ROBERTS
Raider tackle Brian Holloway said he was "doing fine" Tuesday night, a few hours after surgery at Centinela Hospital Medical Center in Inglewood to repair a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder. "I've played with it quite a while, and it had been causing me quite a bit of discomfort," Holloway said by phone. "Then I had Dr. (Frank) Jobe look at it, and he did it." A year ago Jobe repaired a similar injury to the passing shoulder of Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon.
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September 14, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
That's officially it for left-hander Ted Lilly this season, not that the announcement that he'll have season-ending surgery next Friday came as a shock to anyone. Lilly hasn't pitched since May 23, his sore shoulder never responding to conservative treatment. Now he's scheduled to have arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder, in what Dodgers trainer Sue Falsone said should not lead to a major operation. “Ideally it is a simple clean-up procedure,” she said. “Obviously the doc won't know exactly what he will or will not do until he gets inside the joint.
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October 3, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
Seems Matt Kemp was playing with just a tad more pain in that left shoulder than he was willing to let on. Kemp said after Wednesday's regular-season finale that he will have exploratory surgery Friday on the shoulder labrum he torn running into the Coors Field wall on Aug. 28. “They're going to see what's going on inside of there, and hopefully just clean it up,” Kemp said of the arthroscopic procedure. “If they need to do more, they'll do more. But I won't know anything until I wake up.” If the shoulder only needs to be cleaned up, trainer Sue Falsone said before the game that Kemp would be out about six weeks.
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January 20, 2012 | By Baxter Holmes
Forward Aaron Fuller, set to have shoulder surgery Thursday, is lost for the season, leaving USC's basketball team with only seven scholarship players. But it's a Trojan without a scholarship whose role will change the most: walk-on guard Daniel Munoz. In USC's 65-62 loss at Oregon on Thursday, the Trojans' first game without Fuller, Munoz played 27 minutes and scored two points on a pair of free throws. Meager statistics, sure, but those were the first points of the junior's USC career.
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August 9, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
Pittsburgh receiver Plaxico Burress might have to call it a career after suffering a severe shoulder injury while diving for a ball in Thursday's practice. According to multiple reports, all citing unnamed team and player sources, Burress suffered a torn rotator cuff when he hit the ground with his arms extended. He was carted off the field. The Steelers announced Friday that he will undergo shoulder surgery on Monday. Burress, who turns 36 next week, played in four games for Pittsburgh last season after signing with the team in November.
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August 6, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
Left-hander Ted Lilly was expected to land somewhere after the Dodgers cut him loose, but where he landed is nothing if not interesting. Meet Ted Lilly, San Francisco Giant. Lilly partially forced his way out of the Dodgers by refusing any additional rehab assignments, and though seemingly stunned by being designated for assignment, remained confident he would land with another major-league club. Now, Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that Lilly has signed a split contract with the Giants, is scheduled to start Tuesday for triple-A Fresno and expects to join the major-league club by the end of the month.
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May 29, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
Hanley Ramirez, missing Dodgers superstar, has lost most of the season thus far, but not his confidence. “I'm one of the best players in the game,” Ramirez said. “I always stay positive.” Ramirez tweeted Wednesday he will start his rehab assignment from a strained hamstring Thursday with Class-A Rancho Cucamonga in Bakersfield. And start it ready to hit. “I'm born to hit, you know? It's a gift,” he said. “You have to just keep working.” If the weekend goes as planned, Ramirez would be back in the Dodgers' lineup at shortstop Monday when the Padres come to Dodger Stadium.
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May 24, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
Matt Kemp's surgically repaired left shoulder is hampering his swing and Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly said Friday that has played a big part in Kemp's season-long struggles at the plate. Kemp, who is hitting .266 with two home runs and 17 runs batted in, cannot fully extend on his swing, something teammates Adrian Gonzalez and Hanley Ramirez both experienced when they returned from shoulder surgery. "He's not where he wants to be. He's frustrated out there," Mattingly said of Kemp.
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May 1, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Dwight Howard won't need off-season surgery on his shoulder. Howard was examined on Wednesday by Dr. James Tibone of the Kerlan Jobe Orthopaedic Group, according to a  Lakers news release.  Tibone's assessment was that "surgery is not necessary at this time. " Howard tore the labrum in his right shoulder on Jan. 4 in a loss to the Clippers. During the season, the Lakers center sat out six games while dealing with soreness related to the tear. In late January, Howard told The Times surgery would knock him out for a lengthy period.
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April 30, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
When you get older, things happen. This body part aches, that one creaks, another stings. Most of the time they come and go, but sometimes they linger. Sometimes they become a bigger issue. Ted Lilly is 37, which is hardly ancient, but if you're a professional athlete, it can feel like you're knocking at its door. So when Lilly found his back beginning to tighten the day after his first start, he figured it was just one of those things. “There are things that come up and then they go away,” Lilly said.
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April 23, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
That felt inevitable, but no less damning. Chad Billingsley tried to buck the odds, tried to do it his way, but in the end all he did was delay a season-ending surgery. The Dodgers announced Tuesday that Billingsley would undergo Tommy John elbow surgery, be lost for the rest of the year and probably be out until at least April of next season. Billingsley was shut down last August with a partially torn elbow ligament, the type of injury that typically leads to Tommy John surgery.
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April 15, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
Now here's a problem the Dodgers never saw coming. An uncomfortable standoff with left-hander Ted Lilly. Lilly is on the 15-day disabled list and says he's ready to pitch. The Dodgers think otherwise, or so they say. They want him to make another rehab start, and possibly two. Lilly has already made a pair of rehab starts, throwing 90 pitches in his last one, and doesn't see the need to make more. And as is his right, has refused another rehab assignment. So now what? At one point the Dodgers had three extra, veteran starters.
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