afternoon, Athletics’ first baseman, Daric Barton, left their Cactus league game against the
Colorado Rockies with a strained hamstring and the club says he will be held
out on Sunday, at the least. He didn't last the first inning after injuring it in his first at-bat of the game.
The Toronto Raptors defeated the Sacramento Kings on Friday by the score
of 99-87. The win improved the Raptors to 34-26 and increased their
lead in the Atlantic Division to four games over the Brooklyn Nets.
There was some bad news out of the victory. Backup forward Patrick Patterson, who had 15 points and six rebounds in 27 minutes, will be out for a week to ten days with an elbow injury.
Welcome to Pigskin Stew, your weekly recap of injury related
news around the NFL that you might have missed while you continuously watched
episodes of HBO’s True Detective or
painfully tagged along on one of your wife’s increasingly annoying mall trips.
So grab a pint of your favorite frosty libation, turn the hearing aid on low so the wife can be seen and not heard and join me every Sunday afternoon up until the start of the 2014 preseason for your injury related news that flew under your radar.
John Carlson wasn't on the market long after being released on Wednesday by the Minnesota Vikings. Kevin Patra of NFL.com reports the Arizona Cardinals have signed the tight end to a 2-year contract worth $4.65 million over the next two years.
UPDATE: Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Kris Medlen left his start against the New York Mets with apparent strain in his right forearm. At first, it appeared that he suffered an elbow injury. The update comes from Adam Rubin of ESPN New York. Medlen will have further evaluation on Monday to measure the extent of the injury.
Cleveland Browns' Desmond Bryant is fully cleared to play football, according to ProFootballTalk's Joseph Alper. Bryant saw his 2013 season end abruptly with a heart condition that scared the Browns team and football fans all over the league.
Chris Stewart, once part of the juggernaut St. Louis Blues' vaunted
"S" Line with Vladamir Sabotka and Alexander Steen, is now part of the
Buffalo Sabres' sunken ship - and now, adding injury to insult, Stewart
is on the shelf after taking a knee-to-knee hit from Tampa Bay goalie
The 26-year-old winger went to Buffalo
from St. Louis as part of the deal that sent goaltender Ryan Miller to
the Blues, which has to be very discouraging given the fact that St.
Louis has taken control of the Central Division and just one point shy
of the best record in the National Hockey League and Buffalo is far and
away the worst team in the league...
The Arizona Diamondbacks' newest big-named starting pitcher has had some back issues so far this spring. The extremely durable Bronson Arroyo signed a two-year deal with the team in February, but a bulging disc in his back has limited him to just three innings so far in exhibition games. Azcentral.com's Diamondbacks beat writer Nick Piercoro announced Sunday afternoon that Arroyo has some soreness in his back but hopes to pitch this Friday, March 14.
The Cincinnati Reds won 90 games in 2013 in large part to a pitching staff that was 5th in the Major Leagues in ERA at 3.38.
The Reds rotation of Johnny Cueto, Mat Latos, Mike Leake, Homer Bailey and Tony Cingrani
shapes up to be one of the strongest in the National League. There was
a bit of about three weeks ago week when Latos hurt his right knee, which
required surgery. But just five days later, Latos was throwing from 45 feet and although ruled out to start opening day, could be ready to start on April 6.
The Los Angeles Clippers extended their winning streak to seven on
Saturday night with a narrow 108-107 win over the Atlanta Hawks. The
Clippers improved to 44-20 on the season, first in the Pacific Division
and tied for fourth in the Western Conference with the Houston Rockets.
The game saw the return of guard Jamal Crawford, who had missed the previous three games with a calf injury.
The New York Mets have won 74 games in each of the past two seasons. Looking to improve this year and become relevant in the National League East, they will need a combination of increased performance and better health. David Wright played in only 112 games, while Ike Davis and Lucas Duda played in only 103 and 100 games, respectively. Davis and Duda are continuing to have injury issues this spring and neither will be ready to return when the Mets play the Braves today.
The Philadelphia Phillies are looking for
someone to be the set up man this season behind Jonathan Papelbon.
They signed Mike Adams prior to last season to be that man, but injuries
limited him to 28 games. Antonio Bastardo, who missed the last 50
games in 2013 while serving a suspension, could emerge as the man come
opening day, should Adams not be ready. Adams was cautiously optimistic
following his first mound session on February 25 since shoulder surgery last
July. He made his second appearance off the mound yesterday and is very encouraged, feeling ready to face hitters in live batting practice.
New England Patriots nose tackle Vince Wilfork is recovering
from a torn Achilles tendon suffered in New England’s Week 4 win over the
Atlanta Falcons.The Patriots
are waiting to see what type of player Wilfork will be in 2014 and as the
2014 NFL Draft approaches the Pats will be in search of their next Sasquatch to
roam Route 1.
The Los Angeles Dodgers are hoping for a healthy Matt Kemp for
the 2014 season following a 2013 season which limited Kemp to six home
runs and 33 RBI in 73 games. Kemp made small, but definite progress on March 1 when he jogged for the first time since surgery last October. A week later it appears that Kemp is close to returning to game action.