June 16, 2011
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In preparation for the 2011 NBA draft, the Sacramento kings announced that they will host six players for pre-draft workouts on Saturday.
Those expected to attend are Klay Thompson (6-6, 202) of Washington State, Alec Burks (6-6, 193) of Colorado, Ravern Johnson (6-7, 175) of Mississippi State, Alex Stepheson (6-10, 250) of USC, Greg Smith (6-10, 250) of Fresno State, and Jamine Peterson (6-6, 230) of ProvidenceNBDLs New Mexico Thunderbirds.
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The Kings will select No. 7 at the June 23 NBA draft. NBA insider Matt Steinmetz has the Kings selecting Marcus Morris, power forward from Kansas, in his latest mock draft. This will be the Kings sixth pre-draft workout and will take place at the teams practice facility.
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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."
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.