Jets players still recovering from Hurricane Irene

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Jets players still recovering from Hurricane Irene

From Comcast SportsNet Tuesday, August 30, 2011
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Bart Scott's home in New Jersey has no power because of Hurricane Irene, and he's unsure when the lights will go back on. Still, the New York Jets linebacker considers himself one of the lucky ones. Several neighborhoods near the Jets' facility in Florham Park were flooded when the storm hit the metropolitan area Sunday and have severe water damage, along with power outages. "The other people need to be helped first," said Scott, whose house in Mendham had no flood damage. "I'll lose some food. I think a lot of my fish died. I've got a salt-water tank. Those are things that can be replaced." The Jets beat the Giants 17-3 in a preseason game Monday that was originally scheduled for Saturday night, and then pushed to Saturday afternoon before being postponed two days because of the then-approaching storm. Scott said he'll be staying in a hotel for at least five more days while the area recovers. "I've got trees, I've got five telephone poles out," he said. "They have to put the telephone poles back up before they can even attempt to put the power back up. I'll be out a long time." He felt for the people in other areas who are a lot worse off than he and several of his teammates. "You've got people who lost things and lost property," Scott said. "That's more important than me having to sit in the dark a couple of days. I can go to a hotel and wait it out. It's no big deal. Next time, I'll have a generator and I'll be fine. I'll call all the people in Morristown and let them come up and pay rent." The Jets' training facility also lost power Sunday, and is operating off an existing generator. Areas critical to team operations, such as for coaching, and personnel, plus team meeting rooms, the training room and football video room are working with backup power. The Jets' media relations and ticketing departments have been working out of the training facility. The Jets briefly held meetings at the facility earlier Monday before they headed to MetLife Stadium for the preseason game. Starting Tuesday, the majority of the Jets' business support staff will work out of the stadium. Several of the Jets players who live near the facility are also without power, including right guard Brandon Moore. "Some guys had some flooding in their basements, but a lot of guys were OK," Moore said. "But I'm in Morristown, so it kind of hit them and shut them down there. We'll be OK, though."

Reigning AL MVP Trout to undergo thumb surgery, out 6-8 weeks

Reigning AL MVP Trout to undergo thumb surgery, out 6-8 weeks

ANAHEIM -- Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout has a torn ligament in his left thumb and will have surgery Wednesday that is expected to sideline him between six to eight weeks.

The Angels put the reigning AL MVP on the disabled list Monday for the first time in his career. The outfielder hurt himself a day earlier making a headfirst slide to steal second base in Miami.

At 25, Trout already is a two-time AL MVP. He is hitting .337 and has 16 home runs, second most in the majors.

Angels general manager Billy Eppler said an MRI revealed the tear. Team doctor Steve Shin arrived in Anaheim later Monday night, met with Trout and it was determined surgery was his best option.

"It was news no player wants to hear," Eppler said. "He's been put in a tough spot and it's something he's still digesting."

The Angels lost shortstop Andrelton Simmons to a similar thumb injury last season. He had surgery and was out slightly over five weeks.

Los Angeles was 26-28 going Monday night's game at home against Atlanta, and the lineup recently missed ailing slugger Albert Pujols.

Trout made his major league debut by playing 40 games for the Angels in 2011. Since then, he's been a five-time All-Star and has finished in the top two in the AL MVP all five seasons.

A year after hitting .315 with a .441 on-base percentage, 29 home runs, 100 RBIs and 30 steals, Trout was off to a dynamic start. He was leading the league in on-base percentage (.461) and slugging percentage (.742) when he was hurt.

"It's really hard to quantify (his loss)," Eppler said. "We're going to feel that impact and it's going to require multiple people stepping up in his absence. The team will fight as it always does. But he's in the heart of the order and a leader in the dugout. Those are tough to absorb."

Dodgers infielder weighs in on Harper's errant helmet throw

Dodgers infielder weighs in on Harper's errant helmet throw

Before the right hooks and haymakers, there was the helmet toss.

A very bad helmet toss.

As he made his way to the mound after getting hit by a pitch on Monday afternoon, Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper attempted to throw his helmet at Giants reliever Hunter Strickland. He missed by a wide margin.

Observers took notice, including Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner.

"What was worse, Harper's helmet throw or 50 Cents first pitch? Heads up in the #McCoveyCove," Turner tweeted shortly after the brawl between the Giants and Nationals.

Turner is referring to a ceremonial first pitch thrown by rapper 50 Cent prior to a Mets game in 2014.

Harper mentioned the helmet when addressing the situation after the game.

"I was trying to go after him, with the helmet or with myself, just doing what I needed to do keep it going, I guess," Harper told reporters.