Posts Tagged With: NL West

Althetes suffering from season-ending surgeries

It’s the one prognosis that any professional athlete dreads to hear during their career.

Most athletes suffer from injuries on and off the court or field, but having season-ending surgery is detrimental for any player.

Starting left-handed pitcher Patrick Corbin of the Arizona Diamondbacks recently had an MRI on his left elbow, which showed a tear in his ulnar collateral ligament, the team announced Sunday, according to an article at USA Today.com.

Professional athletes as well as college athletes suffer from season-ending surgeries frequently.

Ashley Zahn, a senior guard for St. Bonaventure University’s women’s basketball, has suffered from a continuous injury in her right shoulder.

For Corbin, it appears he could be headed toward season-ending Tommy John surgery. Even if he doesn’t need surgery, Corbin won’t be pitching anytime soon.

Corbin was the Diamondback’s best starter in 2013. He went 14-8 with a 3.41 ERA last year, which was the second season into his professional career. He had a positive outlook for the upcoming season.

Zahn has suffered from her shoulder injury for over five years.

“My injury first started sophomore year in high school,” Zahn said. “Since then, during my senior year of college, I’ve had a total of eight dislocations on my right shoulder and three surgeries. I torn my labrum and then kept re-tearing it.”

After each dislocation, Zahn would eventually have another surgery, which has a recovery time of six to seven months per surgery. Zahn said she was only full healthy one season during her three seasons at St. Bonaventure.

Despite the difficulties of her injury, Zahn said she learned a lot from not playing during the basketball season.

“You need incredible work ethic to get where you want to be after surgeries,” Zahn said. “I’ve always had a hard work ethic while being out to get myself back. It’s hard being out and wanting to be on the court, but you learn about the game and yourself.”

Zahn said she plans to use what she learned this season to prepare for future seasons after her recovery.

“It helps in future seasons because you have a whole year to watch,” Zahn said. “You see things you never would get to see when actually playing. You also learn a lot about yourself and how much the sport truly means to you. You can’t take a practice or game for granted because in time you will be done.”
Zahn offered advice to other athletes who suffer from serious injuries that affect their season.

“Don’t let the bad days bring you down,” Zahn said. “Always keep a positive mind on the goal ahead of you. Its so important to realize why you got surgery, so you can get back and play the sport you love.”

— Kiara Catanzaro

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Diamondbacks favors young athletes throughout the years

Derek Jeter’s first MLB game was on May 29, 1995, which was before the Arizona Diamondbacks were an established team in the MLB. It wasn’t until three years later in 1998 that the Diamondbacks were founded.

The first roster for the Diamondbacks includes a list of younger players. The youngest include two right-handed pitches Ben Ford and Jeff Suppan, who were both 23 years old in 1998.

Now, in 2014, the dynamics for younger players have stayed consistent regarding recruiting athletes for MLB. Infielders, Raul Navarro, 23, and Chris Owings, 22, are two examples of young players for the Diamondbacks.

— Kiara Catanzaro

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Happy Birthday?

Padres’ shortstop Corey Spangenberg had his birthday a couple of days a ago. The birthday  gift Spangenberg got from Manger Bud Black: a boot from the team.

Spangenberg and two other players were cut from the major league roster and have been asked to attend the minor league camp. According to San Diego News, Spangenberg said that he knew he was going to be cut before he even arrived at spring training.

— Zachary Buckwald

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Corbin’s season potentially cut short

Arizona Diamondbacks left-hand pitcher Patrick Corbin, who was scheduled to start next Saturday’s season opener, was diagnosed with a partially torn ligament in his pitching arm, according to an article mysanantonio.com. Corbin, an All-Star as a rookie last year, is getting a second opinion from noted surgeon Dr. James Andrews, but could require season-ending surgery.

Aside from Corbin’s injury, the Diamondbacks are on their way to Australia to open the season.

After a spring training game on Sunday, March 16, the team boarded their plane for a 15-hour-long flight to Sydney, Australia.

Because of this trip to Australia, the Diamondbacks opened spring training early this season. When they return, the team will have many spring games before getting back to games that count.

The Diamondbacks will play an exhibition game against an Australian national squad before opening their seasons with games against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday, March 22 and Sunday, March 23.

Kiara Catanzaro

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Everth Cabrera’s return

March 1st was the first time Everth Cabrera had played since his suspension in 2013 for using performance-enhancing drugs.  Although his crime was frowned upon, his teammates are ready to move and welcome him back to the Padres family.

“At least for me, it’s in the past,” Padres third basemen Chase Headley said according to espn.com. Headley told ESPN that he recognized Cabrera is an important factor for the team’s future success.

“He’s a big part of our team and we need him playing well for us to be successful.”

Headley wasn’t the only player who is ready to accept and forgive Cabrera.  Yasmani Grandal expressed to ESPN that he is supporting Cabrera through his struggle.

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“He’s the one guy I’ve been texting this offseason, just to get his mind right. He’s in a good spot and I know how hard it is to come off a suspension and start playing.”

The support from Grandal and Headley has made the process of redemption more comfortable and easier for the former all-star.  If Cabrera plays well this season, he will not only win back his team, but the city of San Diego.

Zack Buckwald 

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Arroyo suffers from inflamed disk

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Bronson Arroyo, a pitcher for the Arizona Diamondbacks, is expected to miss seven to 10 days after receiving an epidural injection for an inflamed disk in his back on Wednesday, Mar.5, according to an article on ESPN.com. Right-hand pitcher Bo Schultz replaced Arroyo in the rotation on Sunday against San Diego.

Arroyo, who signed a two-year, $23.5 million contract with the Diamondbacks on Feb. 7, felt discomfort on Tuesday, Mar. 4, while running during warm-ups. He had an MRI, which showed an inflamed disk.

“[The doctors] just want it to calm down before he starts throwing again,” general manager Kevin Towers told reporters Wednesday. “Of course, Arroyo doesn’t think it’ll take that long. We’ll just have to play it by ear to see how he’s feeling.”

Arroyo has never been on the disabled list during a major league career in which he’s surpassed 200 innings in eight of the past nine seasons.

Arroyo is 138-127 with a 4.19 ERA over 14 seasons with Pittsburgh, Boston and Cincinnati. In 2006, he had pitched for the Reds for eight years, when they chose him from the Red Sox in a trade for outfielder Wily Mo Pena. He was 14-12 with a 3.79 ERA and 124 strikeouts last season. Arroyo has surpassed the 200-inning mark in eight of the past nine seasons, according to an article on ESPN.com.

— Kiara Catanzaro

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Arizona Diamondbacks Outlook

Last year, the Arizona Diamondbacks finished 81-81 for the season. This year, the Diamondbacks are currently ranked 16th in the power rankings for ESPN.

The leading prospect for the Diamondbacks is Archie Bradley, a right-handed pitcher, who was first drafted by the team this season. Bradley is rated the top pitching prospect in baseball, according to article from abcnews.com.

Another top prospect for the Diamondbacks is shortstop Chris Owings, who is expected to compete with Didi Gregorius and Cliff Pennington for the D-Backs’ starting job this spring, the Arizona Republic reports. Another prospect for the Diamondbacks this season is Braden Shipley, a right-handed pitcher.

In February 2014, the Diamondbacks agreed to terms with Bronson Arroyo, a right-handed pitcher, on a two-year contract. They also agreed to terms with Mark Trumbo, an outfielder, on a one-year contract.

Kiara Catanzaro

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San Diego Padres Outlook

Although the San Diego Padres didn’t play well last season, their attitude is positive for this season.

With their newest pickup Josh Johnson, an ace pitcher in the past, they believe their pitching staff has improved. Bud Black, manager for the Padres, expressed this feeling to the Padres media staff.

“Knew we needed to bolster starting pitching. Priority no. 1 was to get a starting pitcher. Did that in Josh Johnson.” Bud Black and the Padres believe Johnson is their last piece to the puzzle of success. Raimundo Ortiz, writer for sportsworldnews.com, projected for the Padres to be the surprise team this year. “They have the tools to be this year’s shocker playoff team.” Ortiz predicted confidently.

The Padres still have their three sluggers in Jedd Gyorko, Carlos Quentin and Chase Headley. If those three are healthy this year, San Diego will be successful, especially now they improved their pitching with Johnson.

There is a positive outlook for this season due the padres acquiring Johnson, keeping their best hitters and having the confidence from outside perspective.  Bud Black said this quote to the Padres media staff, which summed up the attitude for this year. “There’s a really quiet confidence going on. They know the expectation. We expect to play well, to compete.”

                                                                                                                       – Zack Buckwald

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Glendale, Ariz. (Dodgers)

The Los Angeles Dodgers are training in Glendale, Ariz., this spring.  A warm comfortable area as Arizona is known for its low humidity. The stadium has a low capacity, so expect a busy turnout along with great player-to-fan interaction. Since it’s the beginning of the year, players are not yet tired of giving out their “John Hancock”, so you’ll be sure to meet and greet some of the best players in the MLB. You can also check out some great PAC 12 college basketball in the area as the No. 4 Arizona Wildcats are expected March Madness contenders.

Liam Comerford

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Scottsdale, Arizona (Diamondbacks and Rockies)

The Colorado Rockies and

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Arizona Diamondbacks share the home of the first Major League Baseball (MLB) spring training facility built on Indian land in the nation, known as Salt River Fields at Talking Stick.

 

The 11,000-seat capacity ballpark was a product of the partnership between Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community and the two MLB teams.  The 140 acres shared in the partnership contains 12 practice fields, office buildings, major and minor league clubhouses, training facilities, offices for each team, and endless views of the surrounding mountains including Camelback, McDowell, Four Peaks, Red, and Superstition.

The spring training facility is special because both teams are working hand-in-hand with the surrounding Native American community.  The field shows diversity and the culture and values of Pima and Maricopa Indian tribes shine through.  In fact, Salt River Fields is the first Major League Baseball spring training facility to be built on Indian land in the whole nation.  Hopefully the training facility won’t be the only thing standing out this season.

Located in the Sonoran Desert, Scottsdale is annually rated among the nation’s most desirable communities to live in visit and do business in, according to ScottsdaleAZ.gov.

Some of the local attractions of Scottsdale are Scottsdale Fashion Square, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West, AZ on the Rocks, which is Arizona’s largest indoor climbing gym. Other attractions include Casino Arizona, Dave & Busters, Queen Creek Olive Mill and Octane Raceway, which offers go-karting, billiards, arcades, rock-climbing walls and restaurants.

Kiara Catanzaro and Casandra Nguyen

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