A's lefty Braden finally off injured list

A's lefty Braden finally off injured list

Jan. 14, 2010A'S PAGE

Just got off the phone with A's lefty Dallas Braden, whose breakout 2009 season ended with a bizarre series of medical mishaps; what started with a rash on his left foot turned into an infection, ultimately leading to some sort of "procedure" that left him with what might be permanent nerve damage.Braden, who started for Oakland on Opening Day and was putting together a really solid season before he got hurt (despite getting hosed out of a bunch of wins due to awful run support), was driving back to his hometown of Stockton from a doctor's appointment in San Ramon when I called him, and he was pretty psyched about things.Basically, what he did in San Ramon was finally complete his 2009 end-of-season physical. Not sure why that took so long -- insert couponA's-are-cheap joke here -- but the news here is that Braden passed. That wouldn't have happened had the physical been completed in early October.Dallas said he's spoken with A's assistant trainer Walt Horn, whom the players seem to trust and respect the most on the medical side, and Horn told him if everything went well with the doc, Braden would be officially removed from the "injured players" list.So there you go. Dallas is no longer injured. In fact, he said he's been throwing for some time, and his arm feels great. He still can't feel a couple of his toes, including the pinky toe (which affects his balance a touch), but he's done some pain-free running and he's now cleared to do everything anyone else preparing for spring training is doing right now.
-- Mychael Urban

Warriors pushed late by Jazz, still come out on top in Utah

Warriors pushed late by Jazz, still come out on top in Utah


What looked like a no-brainer win for the Warriors over the Jazz for most of the contest, turned out to be a game too close for true comfort late. 

Still, Golden State overcame a surge by Utah to pick up the victory -- their second straight of the five-game road trip. 

Stephen Curry scored 25 points to lead all Warriors scorers -- four others scored in double figures. 


Inactives: Raiders LG Kelechi Osemele a late scratch due to illness


Inactives: Raiders LG Kelechi Osemele a late scratch due to illness

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Raiders left guard Kelechi Osemele was questionable to play Thursday night’s game at Kansas City with a knee sprain.

His knee is doing just fine, thank you.

Even still, Osemele wasn’t ready to play. He was a late scratch due to an illness, which sapped him to the point he couldn’t go.

Osemele was listed about the Raiders inactives, announced shortly before kickoff.

That creates a huge void in the offensive line – the Raiders run best between Osemele and left tackle Donald Penn – that will be filled by rookie Vadal Alexander.

Alexander is an aggressive player and a good run blocker, but he isn’t on Osemele’s level. Not having the high-priced player could hinder the Raiders offensive line, which must remain strong for the attack to operate well. The Raiders have allowed a league-low 13 sacks this season. 

Defensive tackle Darius Latham was questionable with an ankle injury, but wasn’t quite ready to play this game. This marks his second contest missed with injury.

Strong safety Karl Joseph was ruled out earlier in the week with a toe injury. Cornerback Antonio Hamilton, Shilique Calhoun, Connor Cook and Stacy McGee are also inactive.