Thursday, September 23, 2010

Padres' Hairston on DL with stress fracture of tibia

Padres' Hairston back on DL with leg injury
Associated Press 0 Published: September 21, 2010

LOS ANGELES (AP) รข€” San Diego Padres infielder Jerry Hairston Jr. is going back on the disabled list, barely a week after he came off it.

Hairston, a key contributor for the Padres in their bid to win the NL West title, has a stress fracture of his right tibia and he will be out four-to-six weeks.

Hairston came off the 15-day DL on Sept. 12 after having a strained right elbow.

He said if the Padres advance to the NL championship series he might try to play.

Hairston is hitting .249 with a career high-tying 10 home runs and a career-best 50 RBIs. He filled in while shortstop Everth Cabrera and then second baseman David Eckstein served stints on the DL.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Taylor Hashman released from hospital

Naples baseball standout Taylor Hashman released from hospital

Published Tuesday, August 31, 2010

NAPLES — A former Naples High baseball standout has been released from the hospital after being severely injured in an altercation a month ago. Meanwhile, Taylor Hashman’s assailant has yet to be charged.

Hashman, a 2006 graduate and former baseball player at the University of Mississippi, was discharged from the Regional Medical Center in Memphis on Saturday. Hashman, 22, had been in the hospital since July 31 when he was struck in the face following an argument and injured his head when he fell to the ground.

The incident happened in front of Hashman’s apartment in Oxford, Miss., where the he had recently completed his senior season playing for the Ole Miss baseball team.

Hashman had surgery to remove part of his skull to reduce pressure on his brain. He was listed in critical condition by the hospital for more than a week. Hashman’s father, Don Hashman, told WMC-TV 5 in Memphis that his son was in a medically-induced coma for almost two weeks.

Attempts to reach the Hashman family Tuesday were unsuccessful.

While Hashman recovered, investigators in Oxford were waiting to press charges against the baseball player’s attacker. Oxford police chief Mike Martin said the department knows who hit Hashman and could charge him with a misdemeanor right now.

Police are waiting to see the extent of Hashman’s injuries, Martin said, to see if they should pursue felony charges.

Martin said a police investigator and an assistant district attorney went to Memphis to interview the Hashmans last week. The police chief said he expects the district attorney to present the case to a grand jury to see if felony charges can be made against Hashman’s assailant.

“I think they will go ahead and present the grand jury with the whole case to see what the grand jury says,” Martin said. “That should be upcoming within the next month.”

Naples High Grad called up to the Big Leagues

MLB: Naples High grad Jeff Smith called up to big leagues for Twins' playoff push

Updated Wednesday, September 15, 2010

During his days as a minor leaguer in the Minnesota Twins organization, former Naples High baseball star Jeff Smith never got a shot at playing in the major leagues.

Despite reaching Triple-A in parts of six different seasons with the Twins and Texas Rangers, the call never came, and after an injury ended his career in 2004, Smith put his major league dreams on hold.

Earlier this week, Smith finally got his shot to put on a major league uniform, but not as a player — as a coach. That small fact didn’t diminish the accomplishment for Smith, the manager of the Twins’ Double-A affiliate who was invited to join the Minnesota coaching staff for a 10-game stretch this month.

“The last three days have probably been three of the best baseball days of my career either as a coach or player,” said Smith, who joined the Twins in Cleveland for their recent three-game series with the Indians, on Tuesday. “Just getting to be around a playoff atmosphere where our major league team is making a playoff push, and getting to spend time with the players and coaches is incredible.”

Each year, the Twins pick one staff member from the minor leagues to join the team’s coaching staff following the conclusion of the minor league season. Smith, who managed the Twins’ Single-A affiliate Fort Myers Miracle during the 2008 and 2009 seasons, recently finished his first year as the manager of New Britain Rock Cats.

Smith started with the organization as a hitting instructor for the Gulf Coast League Twins in 2005, and has continued to impress as he’s been promoted from level to level.

“Jeff has a high ceiling, and this gives him an opportunity to see how things are done at the major league level,” Twins minor league director Jim Rantz said. “It’s a chance to see what it’s like, and it’s a good experience for him.”

While Smith is making his first appearance in the Twins’ major league clubhouse, he’s not exactly a stranger to many of the players on Minnesota’s roster.

“It’s kind of a unique situation because it’s a combination of players that I coached at the minor league level and guys that I played with during my minor league days,” Smith said. “That’s a unique combination and a pretty special thing for me.”

Smith will stay with the team for a total of 10 games, including a key three-game series against the Chicago White Sox, which started Tuesday night. His family, which still resides in Naples, will fly to Minnesota on Friday to watch the Twins play a three-game series with the Oakland Athletics.

“You never know when you’re going to get this opportunity, so I’m going to fly them up for the weekend series before I have to head back,” Smith said.

During his time with the team, Smith will perform the duties of a regular staff member, including throwing batting practice, and working one-on-one with players.

After his 10-game stint as a major league coach is over, Smith won’t get much of a break as he prepares to coach in the instructional league, which starts up today

Scholarships offered to Collier County high school students

Three local businesses offer scholarships for Collier County high school athletes

By Naples Daily News staff report
Published Monday, March 8, 2010

Gulfcoast Foot & Ankle Center, Bank of Florida-Southwest and Physicians Regional Medical Center are recognizing Collier County student athletes through a new scholarship program. Each season, two male and two female graduating seniors from each of Collier County’s public high schools are being recognized. The students are awarded certificates and sports medals and become eligible for one of three $2,500 scholarships awarded in late spring.

Students recognized for the winter season include, from Barron Collier High School: Carter Mack, soccer, cross country and swimming; Gabriella Paisan, cross country, track, soccer and swimming; Jenna Tinney, swimming; and Jon Coulter, swimming; from Gulf Coast High School: Kristine Ma, soccer and track; Riki Carach, basketball, track and softball; and Mackenson Timothee, track and field and cross country; from Immokalee High School: Samantha Molina, volleyball, soccer and softball; and Stephen Herrera, wrestling and cross country; from Lely High School: Cody Mendel, golf, basketball and tennis; Da-Anna Paul, basketball and track and field: Kayla Douglas, swimming and soccer; and Paul Tateo, cross country, basketball and golf; from Naples High School: Jordan Leach, basketball; Kimberly Loewel, basketball and softball: Kyle Zech, football and baseball; and Ryan Iamurri, golf, soccer and softball; and from Palmetto Ridge High School: Dylan Gamret, wrestling and football.

The student-athletes recognized for the fall season were, from Gulf Coast High School: John Shelton, golf; and Rachel Elliott, track and swimming; and from Immokalee High School: Argeo Cruz, cross country and track.

Dr. Mickey E. Gordon, a Naples podiatrist with Gulfcoast Foot & Ankle Center, created the program after hearing of the difficult times his patients’ children and grandchildren were having with increased expenses of a college education. During his 31-year career as a podiatric physician and surgeon, Gordon has treated many athletic and sports injuries and has become well aware that lower extremity injuries are all too common in high school sports.

Gordon recruited his bank, Bank of Florida-Southwest and hospital Physicians Regional Medical Center to jointly pledge three $2,500 scholarships for student athletes.

“It is a pleasure to recognize these student-athletes for their hard work and accomplishments both in the classroom and on the field, court, pool or track,” Gordon said.

FGCU cross country team has a record setting day

Record-setting day in Gainesville for FGCU cross country teams; Immokalee's Pierre breaks record

By Naples Daily News staff report
Updated Sunday, September 19, 2010

Florida Gulf Coast University freshman and Immokalee High graduate Argeo Cruz set an FGCU record Saturday as the Eagles men’s cross country team finished in sixth place of 19 Florida schools at the Mountain Dew Invitational in Gainesville.

And another Immokalee High graduate, Jacksonville's Joane Pierre, was the overall women's winner. In doing so, she broke a 17-year-old school record by finishing in 17 minutes, 33.50 seconds.

University of Florida runners grabbed eight of the top 11 spots to claim the men's team title. Former Estero High standout and UF freshman Erick Montoya finished the 8K course in 83rd in 28:02.

As for FGCU, Cruz crossed the finish line in 20th in 26:09, which set a school freshman record for an 8K, and was only 42 seconds shy of the overall school mark.

Eagles sophomore Jonathan Lanning finished 36th, and his time of 26:40 set the school’s sophomore record.

Representing Ave Maria University, which finished 18th as a team, St. John Neumann graduate Taylor Peliska finished 103th in 28:26.

In the women’s race, FGCU finished seventh out of 22 teams, with two runners breaking the school 5K mark.

Eagles sophomore Barrie Cohen (25th, 18:42) and Kelly Perzanowski (28th, 18:49) broke the record set by teammate Megan Thies at last year’s Atlantic Sun Conference meet. Thies finished 50th in 19:30.

The area’s top finisher was Ave Maria freshman Marya Haegler, who was 13th in 18:14.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Giants Aaron Ross waiting for plantar fasciitis to heal

Giants CB Aaron Ross waiting on foot injury
Associated Press
Posted September 10, 2010 at 11:59 a.m., updated September 10, 2010 at 12:43 p.m.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — New York Giants cornerback Aaron Ross is starting another season waiting for an injury to heal.

A year ago, a hamstring injury late in training camp caused Ross to miss the first nine games of the season and limited him to four for the season. His right foot is the issue this year, and it has left the former first-round pick doubtful for Sunday's opener against the Carolina Panthers.

Ross has plantar fasciitis, sustained in a preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Aug. 21. He only returned to practice this week.

While coach Tom Coughlin says the four-year veteran is making progress, he refused to say on Friday whether he would be in the lineup in the first regular-season game in the new $1.6 billion New Meadowlands Stadium.
Ross, who is married to Olympic track gold medalist Sanya Richards, hopes to play.

"In the beginning it was really difficult," Ross said. "I couldn't put my heel down, couldn't plant. But this week, I have been doing a lot, 50 percent the first day, 75 percent the next and the whole thing today, and I felt really good. It is getting better and better. I still have two more days, so don't count me out."

The Panthers are predominantly a run-orientated offense, so it might be better for the Giants to give Ross another week to rest. That would get him back in the lineup for Week 2 against Peyton Manning and the pass-heavy Colts in Indianapolis.

If Ross can't play this week, second-year cornerback Bruce Johnson will get more time in nickel and dime formations.

"It feels good," said Ross, who had to wear a cast on his foot for about a week after the injury was diagnosed. "I practiced a lot today, jumping, sprinting, everything, and I felt pretty good."

The injuries the past two seasons have been a concern for the Giants' first-round draft pick in 2007. The length of the injury last season cost him his starting job, and the one this year also took away the punt returner's role that he had picked up after Domenik Hixon was hurt in June.

"The first couple of days I was down," Ross said of the most recent injury. "But talking to the guys, coaches, my family, they picked my spirits up. It is nothing compared to the hamstring. The hamstring, I was sitting here pouting the whole time. With this, I can get out there and practice a little bit."

Ross said the injury happened in the second quarter against the Steelers. The only indication that he had was the tape on his foot suddenly felt too tight.

"I cut off the tape and that's when I realized that my heel was a little painful," Ross said.

Ross wasn't sure what caused the injury, but he speculated it might have happened when he planted his foot.

An examination revealed a partial tear of the plantar fascia, the flat band of tissue along the bottom of a foot that connects the heel bone to the toes. Besides the cast, Ross now wears orthotics, gets a different tape job and has a cushion placed under his heel.

"As a football player, we play in pain all the time," Ross said. "If it's just pain, I will be ready for Week 1. But if it's still injured and I hurt the team, once again, I can't make that decision."

Ross really doesn't want to wait.

"I have never been a cautious guy," he said. "I missed all of last year so I am anxious to play. I love the game so if I have to play with a little pain I am willing to do that, as long as I don't hurt the team."

Broncos lose LenDale White to an achilles tendon tear

Report: Broncos RB White out for year with torn Achilles tendon

The Broncos lost RB insurance behind starter Knowshon Moreno(notes) on Friday as LenDale White(notes) will miss the entire 2010 season with a torn Achilles tendon.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that White, who left Thursday's preseason finale after a nine-yard run with an injured ankle, tore his Achilles tendon. The Broncos signed White this summer after he was released by the Seahawks. Moreno just returned to practice at what he called "80 percent."
White had to sit out the first four games of 2010 as it was for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. Now, the five-year veteran out of USC will miss the entire season. White's best year came in 2007 when he started all 16 games with the Titans and rushed for 1,110 yards with seven touchdowns.
White, a native of Denver, only ran for 222 yards and zero touchdowns last season with the Titans. Injuries to Moreno and RB Correll Buckhalter(notes) have hurt the Broncos' depth at that position; Buckhalter made his preseason debut Thursday night.