Schierholtz's foot not ready for Giants, DL possible


Schierholtz's foot not ready for Giants, DL possible

Aug. 27, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Giants outfielder Nate Schierholtz tested his fractured right foot Friday and is still too sore to play a full game.He appears headed for the disabled list Saturday, and manager Bruce Bochy said after Friday's 2-1 win over Houston it was a strong possibility. The club must clear roster room for left-hander Eric Surkamp, coming up from Double-A Richmond to make his highly anticipated major league debut."I assumed it," Schierholtz said, noting the move wasn't yet official.San Francisco's brass waited until after Schierholtz underwent an exam from a team doctor before deciding whether to put yet another key player on the disabled list. The defending World Series champion Giants placed five players on the DL during their recent 4-6 road trip and six others missed time with injuries.Schierholtz went without a walking boot Friday for the first time this week and did some early sprint work in left field, then followed that by hitting in the cage."He's still a little sore," manager Bruce Bochy said about an hour before the Giants hosted the Houston Astros.Schierholtz fouled a pitch from Atlanta's Tim Hudson off his foot in the series opener with the Braves on Aug. 15. Schierholtz played through it, then had an MRI during Monday's off day. A CT scan followed to confirm the fracture.Schierholtz has hit safely in seven of his last eight games and went 9 for 32 with two homers and two RBIs on the road trip."I was hoping it would feel better right now," Schierholtz said. "I might have to remind myself I did break it. ... I don't know if I made it worse playing through it. Everything in me wants to play. If I get back to where I was last week and back track, I can't help. I can't play in that kind of pain. If I come back to soon, I'm going to be back where I started."Injured closer Brian Wilson, last season's major league saves leader with 48, threw for six minutes on flat ground for the second straight day as he works back from elbow inflammation. There is no timetable for his return, though Bochy hopes for early September. Fellow reliever Sergio Romo, who also has an inflamed pitching elbow, threw one inning Friday in Arizona rookie ball and could be activated Sunday.Also Sunday, San Francisco is expected to get outfielder Andres Torres back from a lower right leg contusion.With Surkamp's promotion, San Francisco must make roster space on both the 40-man and 25-man rosters.The 6-foot-4, 190-pound Surkamp is pitching in place of the injured Jonathan Sanchez, sidelined with a sprained ankle. Surkamp is 10-4 with a 2.02 ERA and 165 strikeouts in 23 appearances and 22 starts this season for the Flying Squirrels.Rookie Brandon Belt was quick to send Surkamp a congratulatory text message to the 24-year-old Surkamp. They played together last year in the minors."He's got a fierce demeanor," Belt said. "He goes right after you. He gets a lot of strikeouts with his curveball. That thing is nasty."While Romo could be ready soon, he's on alert to return to Phoenix for the birth of his second son at any time.He deemed himself 100 percent after throwing 15 sliders among his 20 pitches Friday. He allowed one hit and struck out three in the one inning.Romo is 3-1 with a 1.47 ERA in 53 appearances."I'm rockin'," Romo said. "If there's a positive, I got out of this was a couple weeks rest."Third baseman Pablo Sandoval had Friday night off to rest his ailing left shoulder and right quadriceps muscle.

Cousins buys chocolate from kids for charity, donates bars to flight staff

Cousins buys chocolate from kids for charity, donates bars to flight staff

DeMarcus Cousins leads the NBA in technical fouls. He also leads the league in scowls and he’s even kicked over a few garbage cans following the Kings' loss to the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night. But that’s just a small portion of who he is.

According to a source that travels with the team, Cousins went out of his way Sunday morning to make an impact in the lives of a couple of local youth in Chicago.

Kids were selling chocolate bars outside the team’s hotel trying to earn money for charity. Plenty of people walked by, avoiding the youth, but Cousins stopped, reached into his pocket and purchased all of the boxes they had to sell.

Later on in the day, Cousins donated the candy to the flight service staff for use on the flight to Detroit.

Cousins gets plenty of negative press for his antics on the floor, but off the court, he is extremely generous. He plays Santa-Cuz during the holidays, buying gifts for underprivileged children in Sacramento and his hometown of Mobile, Alabama. He has also purchased a new scoreboard for a local high school and even paid for the funeral of a local high school football player who lost his life in a drive-by shooting.

No one is perfect, Cousins included, but he also has a genuinely good side that he often doesn’t seek or receive press for.


Kirk Cousins watches Kyle Shanahan's offense carve up Packers

Kirk Cousins watches Kyle Shanahan's offense carve up Packers

Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent. His uncertain status has led to speculation presumptive 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan will be interested in acquiring him in the offseason.

On Sunday, Cousins got a first-hand look at his former coach’s offense.

Cousins posted a photo on Instagram from the stands at the Georgia Dome, where the Atlanta Falcons and their high-octane offense blasted the Green Bay Packers, 44-21, in the NFC Championship game.

Cousins wrote the caption, “Watching two of the best in the world do what they do & taking notes to make it to this game next year -score a lot of points!”

Washington finished third in the NFC East and out of the playoffs with an 8-7-1 record.

Shanahan, the Falcons’ offensive coordinator, coached Cousins for the first two seasons of his NFL career with Washington on the staff of his father, Mike Shanahan. Cousins appeared in just eight games with four starts in 2012 and ’13.

Cousins' career has taken off in the past two seasons while starting all 32 regular-season games. He completed 67 percent of his passes this season with 25 touchdowns and 12 interceptions and a passer rating of 97.2.

Washington placed the franchise tag on Cousins this season at nearly $20 million. He franchise tag is expected to be approximately $24 million in 2017.

If Washington places the non-exclusive franchise tag on Cousins, a team could sign him to an offer sheet at the cost of two first-round draft picks or negotiate a trade with Washington for a lesser amount.