Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Sports

Marlins star slugger to have knee surgery

ST. LOUIS — RF Giancarlo Stanton is scheduled to have arthroscopic surgery on his right knee today after lasting just two innings in his first start in five games, leaving the Marlins without a representative on the field at Tuesday's All-Star Game.

"He might be out for a month or six weeks. That's what I think," Miami manager Ozzie Guillen said Saturday. "Hopefully less. We're better off that way because that kid couldn't do anything."

General manager Mike Hill said surgery had been discussed as an alternative if Stanton had difficulty playing. He said the procedure to remove a loose body in the knee is fairly routine.

"It was just discomfort," Hill said. "And we knew that once we had tried it that if it flared up again, surgery was the logical option."

Stanton was replaced on the NL All-Star roster by Nationals RF Bryce Harper.

Stanton, a first-time All-Star, started Saturday's 3-2 loss at St. Louis but was removed for a pinch-hitter in the third. He singled and scored on Justin Ruggiano's two-run homer in the second.

Stanton is batting .284 with a .364 on-base percentage and a .554 slugging percentage that is seventh in the NL. He also was scheduled to participate in Monday's home run derby.

"He's a big bat," Guillen said. "This is our power hitter, the RBI guy. I think everybody out there has got to step it up a notch and try to cover the space."

ALL-STAR SECURITY: After a year of preparing for one of the biggest events to come to the city in decades, Kansas City police are ready to prove they're as capable as any big-city force of delivering a stellar performance at Tuesday's All-Star Game.

It's the first time in nearly 40 years the city has hosted the Midsummer Classic, and officials have spent several months coordinating with local, state and federal agencies and the U.S. Army to make sure tens of thousands of baseball fans who come to the city will be safe.

A delegation of Kansas City police officers traveled to Phoenix for last year's All-Star Game. And the department tested its security plan at the city's St. Patrick's Day parade and in an exercise in April at Kauffman Stadium.

"We're a large police department, and we've handled large events before," said Maj. Rich Lockhart, who is leading the Kansas City department's security efforts. "But nothing on this scale. The city is hoping people see how well we've handled this event and that it leads to bigger events in the future."

In other All-Star news, Nationals SS Ian Desmond was scratched from the game because of an abdominal injury and replaced by Braves OF Michael Bourn.

SETBACK FOR CRAWFORD: Red Sox LF Carl Crawford's rehabilitation assignment was put on hold because of a mild groin strain. Boston manager Bobby Valentine said the former Rays All-Star felt something when he was rounding second on a triple Thursday for Double-A Portland. Crawford has missed the entire season while recovering from an injured left wrist.

ROBERTS INJURY: An MRI exam revealed Orioles 2B Brian Roberts has a cartilage tear in his right hip, and he is expected to need surgery. Roberts, who is on the disabled list with what was initially called a right groin strain, had played 17 games after being out for more than a year while recovering from multiple concussions.

RANGERS: OF Josh Hamilton returned to the lineup as DH a day after being removed because of back spasms.

YANKEES: RH reliever Joba Chamberlain, who dislocated his right ankle in March, could begin a minor-league rehab assignment on Tuesday.

Comments
Holiday hoops tournaments for Tampa Bay

Holiday hoops tournaments for Tampa Bay

Once winter break rolls around, basketball tourneys and shootouts amp up. Here are the locals ones coming up throughout Tampa Bay. Are we missing your tournament? Email details to [email protected] basketballCDS Holiday TournamentWhere: Car...
Updated: 5 hours ago

Girls soccer: Land O’Lakes 5, River Ridge 1

LAND O'LAKES – They might not have been ready to play at the very start, but Land O'Lakes came around. Sydny Nasello scored two goals as the Gators (8-2) took over first place in Class 3A, District 8 with a 5-1 defeat of visiting Rive...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Live from Disney: Winter meetings update, day 2

Live from Disney: Winter meetings update, day 2

The Rays have talked about a lot of things but not done much so far at the winter meetings, but that could change today.They have offers on the table for closer Alex Colome, and some of the interested teams – such as the Cardinals and Rockies &...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Could the Yankees’ new Death Star prompt a Rays surrender?

Could the Yankees’ new Death Star prompt a Rays surrender?

I have a theory that Major League Baseball is always way more interesting when the New York Yankees are good.Well, the Yankees got way better in the past few days.But baseball didn’t get more interesting. It got way worse.And it could get worse in Ta...
Updated: 14 minutes ago
Warren Sapp accused of harassment; NFL Network suspends three analysts over sexual assault allegations

Warren Sapp accused of harassment; NFL Network suspends three analysts over sexual assault allegations

Warren Sapp, a former Buc and Pro Football Hall of Famer, has been accused of sexual harassment while a working as an analyst with NFL Network, according to a lawsuit.NFL Network has suspended analysts Marshall Faulk, Heath Evans and Ike Taylor "pend...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Rick and Tom podcast: Piling on Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter

Rick and Tom podcast: Piling on Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter

Is there a rift between Jameis Winston and Dirk Koetter as the 4-9 Bucs are eliminated from the playoffs for a 10th straight season?In their latest podcast, Rick Stroud and Tom Jones discuss what impact this has going forward for the Bucs and whether...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Tyre McCants, USF’s brawny bruiser of a receiver

Tyre McCants, USF’s brawny bruiser of a receiver

TAMPA — Having spent 11 games watching Tyre McCants in the flesh — all 236 pounds of it — USF coach Charlie Strong seems convinced his team’s leading receiver down the stretch could be someone’s leading rusher down the road."I think he can do a whole...
Updated: 2 hours ago
MLB ump Dale Scott retires rather than risk more concussions

MLB ump Dale Scott retires rather than risk more concussions

LAKE BUENA VISTA — As a big league umpire, Dale Scott saw maybe 1 million pitches from the field. His final call, it turned out, was the easiest of all. Rather than risk yet another concussion, Scott has decided to retire at 58. "I’m done," he told T...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Explosives? On 40-yard plays, Bucs among NFL’s worst

Explosives? On 40-yard plays, Bucs among NFL’s worst

Bucs coach Dirk Koetter has key statistics that he puts great value in, finding a close correlation between success in those areas and success on the scoreboard. Winning the takeaway battle is always first among those priorities, but he and his staff...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Eagles confirm QB Wentz is done for season

Eagles confirm QB Wentz is done for season

PHILADELPHIA — Carson Wentz got the Eagles this far. Now, it’s up to Nick Foles to deliver Philadelphia its first Super Bowl title. Wentz has a torn left ACL and will miss the rest of the season and playoffs, forcing the NFC East champions to turn to...
Updated: 12 hours ago