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.

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from A's loss despite five home runs

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from A's loss despite five home runs


Hit five home runs, and a team has to like its chances of winning.

The A’s simply couldn’t keep up with the Houston Astros’ bats, however, in an 11-8 loss Wednesday night that snapped Oakland’s four-game winning streak. Khris Davis went deep twice, and Ryon Healy, Jed Lowrie and Matt Olson all went deep as the A’s set their season high for home runs.

But Houston racked up 17 hits against Jesse Hahn (3-6) and four relievers and evened this three-game series at a game apiece. It was the second time Hahn has gotten knocked around by Houston inside of a week.

The A’s took an early lead, 5-4, in the third on the second of Davis’ two homers, part of a four-run rally for Oakland. But the Astros answered right back with five runs in the bottom half, and the A’s never recovered from that momentum swing.

Hahn’s struggles continue: Hahn was trying to rebound after the Astros hung nine earned runs on him last Thursday at the Coliseum. Things didn’t improve Wednesday at Minute Maid Park, as the right-hander lasted just two-plus innings and allowed six runs on nine hits. Is this a case of one team simply having Hahn’s number or do the A’s make a move and try someone else in the rotation? It bears watching.

Krush Davis x 2: It was apparent early this would be a slugfest, with Khris Davis homering twice within the first three innings as the A’s tried to keep pace. He led off the second with a shot to left field, then came back with a three-run blast to left in the third that put Oakland up 5-4. The homers were his team-leading 20th and 21st.

Reddick-ulous night: Josh Reddick filled up the stat sheet against his old team in every way imaginable. He went 3-for-4 with three RBI and two runs, and twice caught the A’s by surprise by stealing third base. For good measure, he turned in an excellent running catch in right field to rob Yonder Alonso.

Strange offensive night: What to make of this night offensively for the A’s? They hit a season-high five homers but also struck out a whopping 17 times. No matter … you can’t hang this one on the offense, because …

The pitching staff just couldn’t hold things down: Josh Smith was called upon to hold down the fort after Hahn departed in the third, but Smith was tagged for three runs on four hits. Daniel Coulombe and John Axford also got touched for runs. Rookie Michael Brady did turn in 1 1/3 scoreless innings.

Cubs outfielder vows he didn't give Trump the middle finger at White House

Cubs outfielder vows he didn't give Trump the middle finger at White House

WASHINGTON – Albert Almora Jr. didn’t use Wednesday’s Oval Office photo op as a subtle form of political protest, but it did sort of look like the Cubs outfielder gave President Donald Trump the middle finger, at least from that angle in an image that went viral on Twitter.    

“There was two fingers! Look closely, there was two fingers!” a veteran player yelled across the room as reporters gathered around Almora’s locker inside the visiting clubhouse at Nationals Park. 

“Guys were giving me a hard time about it,” Almora said, “but I pointed out the second finger. We’re all good.”

In another White House visit that didn’t look nearly as unofficial or informal as the Cubs said it would be, one snapshot became Almora with part of his left hand in his pocket. Almora stood near Kris Bryant – who held a 45 Wrigley Field scoreboard panel – and Trump at his desk with the World Series trophy.

“Obviously, it’s unfortunate,” Almora said with a laugh. “I’m getting ready to take a picture and I’m posing there. But you guys know that I would never do that to the president of the United States. 

“I respect everybody. It is what it is. We laugh about it now, but there’s definitely two fingers out there.”