August 26

Dodgers’ Hyun-Jin Ryu back to DL, Clayton Kershaw’s return ‘uncertain’

first_img“I think at that point in time it let us know we had to be a little more on the cautious side,” Roberts said Tuesday. “So right now with Clayton, I don’t know if it’s a step back but we’re going to let this back pain subside and see where we go.“As far as his return – uncertain.”Kershaw has not pitched since June 26 and received an epidural injection in his lower back a few days later after an examination by Dr. Robert Watkins revealed a mild herniation of a disc. Roberts said Kershaw will likely undergo another examination this week.Ryu, meanwhile, is back on the DL — but not because of his surgically-repaired shoulder.Roberts said Ryu had pain in his elbow after a bullpen session in Arizona on Sunday. Ryu returned to Los Angeles and underwent an MRI which showed no structural changes from previous MRIs. WASHINGTON, D.C. >> Somewhere there must be a left-handed voodoo doll dressed in blue, bristling with pins.Any optimism the Dodgers were feeling about the number of starting pitchers they expected to have healthy soon disappeared into an MRI tube. On the same day they returned Hyun-Jin Ryu to the disabled list after just one start, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts revealed that Clayton Kershaw “didn’t feel great” after all following his 60-pitch simulated-game session Saturday in Los Angeles.The lower back pain that landed Kershaw on the DL three weeks ago has returned — “same area, same symptoms,” Roberts said. Kershaw has not picked up a baseball to do any throwing since then and his rehab has been limited to doing back exercises.Any plans for him to rejoin the Dodgers have been put on hold. Ryu was placed back on the DL along with right-hander Casey Fien who has flexor tendonitis. That cleared roster spots for outfielder Joc Pederson to be activated from the DL as planned and left-hander Luis Avilan who was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City. Roberts said there is “really no timetable” for when Ryu will start throwing again.“We’re disappointed for him and the time he put into coming back for us,” Roberts said. “It’s something that’s not really a new injury. It’s tendinitis that kind of flared up.”Ryu had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his pitching shoulder in May 2015. After a setback-filled recovery that included flareups of pain in the shoulder and a groin muscle, Ryu returned to the majors and lasted only 4 2/3 innings against the San Diego Padres on July 7, allowing six runs on eight hits.He was scheduled to start again Wednesday against the Washington Nationals. Instead, right-hander Bud Norris will make that start (on regular rest thanks to the Dodgers’ off day Monday) and Julio Urias will be recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City to start Thursday in Washington.Urias has pitched just one inning (in relief for the OKC Dodgers on July 10) since his most recent start for the Dodgers on July 4 against the Baltimore Orioles when he lasted less than four innings. He was scheduled to pitch in relief for OKC on Sunday but that outing was scratched as the Dodgers’ latest starting pitching crisis developed.Roberts said he did not know how long Urias would stay in the rotation this time as the Dodgers continue to say they want to limit his innings this season.For all their care and caps on his pitch counts and innings, the Dodgers have not exactly handled the 19-year-old Urias with kid gloves when they have sent him to the mound. Thursday will be the fifth time in nine big-league starts Urias has faced a first-place team, the fourth time on the road, and he will be matched up with 13-0 Stephen Strasburg.AlsoCorey Seager was not in the starting lineup Tuesday after feeling ill. Roberts described it as “some type of stomach virus” and said he was sent back to the hotel. … Right-hander Yimi Garcia (biceps) has started a minor-league injury-rehabilitation assignment with Class-A Rancho Cucamonga. Garcia has been out since April 22. … Left-hander Brett Anderson (back surgery) threw two simulated innings to hitters Monday. … Second baseman Chase Utley was chosen as the Dodgers’ winner of the Heart and Hustle Award. A national recipient from the 30 club winners will be announced in November.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

January 18

Rockets-Warriors a roller-coaster of blowouts after 3 games

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial One factor in Golden State’s favor is that Stephen Curry might have found his outside shot in the second half Sunday. After making just 3 of 20 3-pointers in the first 10 quarters of the series, Curry hit 4 of 5 from long range after intermission Sunday, including a 30-footer.“I work on it all the time, and I made it before,” Curry said. “I had amnesia, really. In that moment, in my head am I 0-for-0, or am I 10-for-10 in my head? I’m feeling good in that moment. Just shoot it. You can’t second-guess your first instinct in that moment. So it’s obviously good to see it go down, and we got a little boost from that possession.”That type of short-term memory is just what the Rockets need after the Game 3 blowout, even if D’Antoni did plan to hold a film session to go over the mistakes for his own sanity more than as a teaching tool.His players know they weren’t aggressive enough on both ends and lacked the focus needed to beat a Warriors team that is nearly unstoppable when at its best this time of year. But the Rockets have the confidence built in a stellar regular season and first two rounds to believe they have the tools to pull it off.“Just go out there and do it,” Harden said. “It’s pretty simple. Not try to overcomplicate things. Just go out there and do what we do. Obviously, do the opposite of what we did last game, but it’s not hard at all.” NOTES: Iguodala banged his knee in the fourth quarter Sunday, Kerr said. … Kerr plans to speak to the league about Draymond Green’s double-technical with Trevor Ariza in the fourth when Ariza shoved the Warriors forward after they traded words.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film View comments Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding NFL great Favre reveals addiction, rehab torment The Rockets found themselves on the wrong end of that equation in a 126-85 defeat in Game 3 that was the most lopsided loss in their postseason history and the biggest win ever for the Warriors, who took a 2-1 series lead.Now the big question heading into Game 4 on Tuesday night is which team has the edge if both are clicking.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“I kind of expected that yesterday, that it would be that type of game,” Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said. “We didn’t bring our best game. But I’m hoping for the best. I hope we play great and them bad. Never know.”In a possible bit of gamesmanship, D’Antoni said the pressure in Game 4 is squarely on Golden State’s shoulders despite the fact Houston trails in the series. He hopes that helps his players stay loose and play with an extra “giddy-up” in their step. MOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green, left, celebrates with guard Stephen Curry (30) in front of Houston Rockets guard Eric Gordon (10) during the second half of Game 3 of the NBA basketball Western Conference Finals in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, May 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)SAN FRANCISCO — One thing is clear through three games of the power-packed Western Conference finals between a Golden State team that has won two of the past three championships and a Houston team that had a league-best 65 wins.If either team is off its game, a blowout could ensue.ADVERTISEMENT China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls “We should always have a swagger,” star guard James Harden said. “But even more importantly, tomorrow. They’ve got to try to take a 3-1 lead going on the road. Tie this thing up going back to our crib.”Warriors coach Steve Kerr said he welcomes the pressure, knowing his team has shown a tendency to lose focus when there’s not as much on the line. That may have contributed to Golden State coming out flat in a 127-105 loss in Game 2 after winning the series opener by 13 points.Star Kevin Durant has another theory for why there have been so many lopsided games this postseason. There has been only one Western Conference playoff game this month decided by fewer than eight points and there hasn’t been a single playoff game in either conference decided by single digits since May 9 heading into Monday night’s action.“The 3-pointer’s such a huge part of the game now that it could easily go from six to 16 or 17 in a matter of seconds in the game,” Durant said. “So I wouldn’t say … the games aren’t good. It’s just the fact that the style of play causes teams to pull away a little faster.”The Warriors might have to take the court in Game 4 without a key contributor. Forward Andre Iguodala is doubtful with a sore left knee. If Iguodala can’t go, the Warriors will be down a key defender against Harden and a playmaker on offense, forcing Kerr to make another adjustment after the move to put Iguodala in the starting lineup provided a spark in the second round against New Orleans.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more