August 9, 2013 |
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.
August 6, 2013 |
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.
May 29, 2013 |
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.
May 24, 2013 |
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.
May 1, 2013 |
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.
April 30, 2013 |
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.