May 20, 2018
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Aubrey Huff bruises knee during perfect game celebration

The Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO — Giants first baseman Aubrey Huff has become the second big leaguer to get injured this month while celebrating a no-hitter.

Huff sprained his right knee while trying to jump over the dugout railing and join the postgame celebration of Matt Cain’s perfect game Wednesday night.

Two week ago, Mets pitcher Ramon Ramirez hurt his hamstring following Johan Santana’s gem.

An MRI performed Thursday on Huff revealed the extent of the damage.

“He’s got a pretty good bruise in the right knee,” San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said. “He’s going to lose some time, and he was going to have some at-bats in the American League parks. It’s a bad break for him and for us.”

Cain threw the first perfect game in Giants history in a 10-0 win over the Houston Astros — the second perfect game and fifth no-hitter in the majors this season.

Huff, a top candidate for designated hitter duty when the Giants visit Seattle for an interleague series this weekend, landed on his knee as he jumped over the railing and had to be helped off the field.

NYC announces deal for area near Mets stadium

NEW YORK — The Bloomberg administration has announced an agreement with a group of developers that includes the owners of the Mets to clean up and develop a blighted neighborhood next to Citi Field.

The agreement announced Thursday covers a 20-acre portion of Willets Point In Queens.

It calls for the developers, Related Companies and Sterling Equities, to construct a mix of retail, hotel and commercial space in a gritty area made up of auto-repair shops and junkyards. Affordable housing units would also be constructed.

Bloomberg said the $3 billion project will create 12,000 union construction jobs and 7,100 permanent jobs and will generate $4.2 billion in economic activity over the next three decades.

The founders of Sterling Equities are Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz, the owners of the Mets and Citi Field.

Pirates RHP Morton has season-ending elbow surgery

BALTIMORE — Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander Charlie Morton is out for the season after undergoing elbow surgery.

Dr. James Andrews repaired the ulnar collateral ligament in Morton’s right arm. The procedure took place Thursday in Pensacola, Fla.

The 28-year-old pitcher went on the 15-day disabled list on June 1 with inflammation in his right elbow. He was 2-6 with a 4.65 ERA in nine starts this season.

Recovery time from the operation, often referred to as Tommy John surgery, is 12-18 months.

Obtained from Atlanta in June 2009, Morton finished that season 5-9 with Pittsburgh. He was 2-12 in 2010 before rebounding to go 10-10 last year. He led the team with 171 2-3 innings and ranked second in wins behind Kevin Correia.

Tigers place LHP Smyly on DL with blister

CHICAGO — The Detroit Tigers shuffled their rotation on Thursday, placing left-hander Drew Smyly on the 15-day disabled list and scheduling Doug Fister to start Saturday against Colorado.

Smyly departed his last start after just three innings due to a blister on his left middle finger that manager Jim Leyland said was the worst one he had ever seen. The DL stint was made retroactive to Monday.

“You can’t risk having the skin break open again,” said Smyly, who is 2-2 with a 3.96 ERA in his first year in the majors. “Sometimes you get them. When you throw a hundred pitches you have to make sure you take care of it.”

Fister injured his left side during his first start of the season against the Boston Red Sox on April 7. He returned a month later and made five starts before he went back on the DL with the same left side strain.

“I think he’s over the hump this time, but we’ll see,” manager Jim Leyland said before Detroit’s 5-3 victory over the Chicago Cubs in the finale of a three-game interleague series.

Fister, who is 0-3 with a 3.15 ERA on the year, threw a side session on Wednesday and said he should be fine on Saturday. The Tigers will make a corresponding roster move to clear space for the right-hander before the game.

Indy drivers lobby for Road America race

WEST ALLIS, Wis. — If IndyCar drivers had a vote when it came to finding a track to replace the series’ recently canceled race in China, plenty of them would be happy to head back to Wisconsin later this year.

Several drivers in town for Saturday’s race at the Milwaukee Mile mentioned Road America in Elkhart Lake as a potential replacement venue for the China race, which was canceled earlier this week.

“Elkhart,” Marco Andretti said. “Elkhart Lake, for sure.”

The picturesque four-mile road course is a little more than an hour north of Milwaukee, and drew huge crowds when the now-defunct CART racing series ran there in the 1980s and ’90s.

Road America already has other races scheduled for the weekend that IndyCar was supposed to run in China, but driver James Hinchcliffe hoped there might be a way to make it work.

“We’ll race on Friday,” Hinchcliffe said. “I don’t care. I mean, we’re in a difficult situation, you know? We’ve got to make the best of it. I think it’s a good weekend, I think it’s a good racetrack.”

Contractual provisions with the Milwaukee event would prevent IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard from speaking to Road America promoters until after this weekend’s race at Milwaukee. It’s not clear if the track is under consideration.

Michigan DL Campbell enters plea in court case

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michigan senior defensive tackle Will Campbell has reached a plea deal in his malicious destruction of property case in Ann Arbor.

Campbell on Thursday pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge in exchange for waiving a felony.

Police said Campbell was intoxicated April 7 when he attempted to slide across the hood of a vehicle. Campbell is listed at 6-feet-5, 322 pounds.

The Detroit Free Press ( says Campbell told a judge Thursday that he “slid across the hood,” causing damage.

Campbell’s sentence will include an agreement to expunge the conviction from his record if no more incidents occur during probation. Campbell also must pay $2,100 in restitution for the damaged car.

Campbell is expected to be the starting nose tackle for U-M this fall.

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