Aug. 6, 2011
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The Sharks whirlwind courtship of the Minnesota Wild continued Saturday with the acquisition of one-time first-round pick James Sheppard, a 6-2, 210-pound centerman who missed the 2011 season with a knee injury.
The Sharks sent a 2013 third-round pick to Minnesota for Sheppard, who fractured his patella in a four-wheeler accident in Colorado while doing high-altitude training with a number of other NHL players, including Sidney Crosby. He was suspended by the team due to a no-ATV riding clause listed in his contract.
Sheppard was drafted ninth overall in 2006, and played three years in Minnesota, filling in for injured players to get 78 games his first year, and then getting increased ice time in his second and third years. He has 11 career goals in 224 games.
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.