Sports briefs for July 19, 2013

By Wire Service Reports, Special to the BDN
Posted July 19, 2013, at 6:39 p.m.

Yankees put Jeter on 15-day disabled list

New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right quad muscle, the Major League Baseball team said on Friday.

Jeter suffered the injury on July 11, in what was his first game of the season, trying to run out a ground ball against the Kansas City Royals. His move to the disabled list is retroactive to July 12.

The 39-year-old shortstop had previously been sidelined all season while recovering from a broken ankle suffered during the 2012 MLB playoffs.

Jeter’s spot in the lineup will be taken by infielder Brent Lillibridge, who was promoted from the Yankees Triple-A farm club Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Yanks confirm A-Rod could rejoin team Monday

The New York Yankees confirmed Friday that third baseman Alex Rodriguez will return to the team on Monday if there are no setbacks from his surgically-repaired hip.

Rodriguez’s 20-day minor league rehab assignment is scheduled to end on Monday. He said earlier this week he hopes to return to the big league team by Monday.

“If he’s ready to come back, and he’s healthy, he’ll be back Monday night,” team president Randy Levine told USA Today. “We need Alex Rodriguez. We need a right-handed bat. We need a third baseman. He’s the best third baseman we’ve got. And if he’s hot, he can carry us.”

Rodriguez, 37, is rehabbing with Class AAA Scranton-Wilkes-Barre. He homered on Thursday. He is scheduled to play Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Buccaneers trade CB Wright to 49ers

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced Friday that they traded cornerback Eric Wright to the San Francisco 49ers for a conditional draft pick.

According to NFL.com, it is a late-round pick in 2014.

Wright played one season in Tampa Bay after signing as a free agent. The Buccaneers gave him a five-year, $37.5 million deal. He played in 10 games, finishing with 37 tackles, seven passes defensed and one interception. He was suspended four games for violating the league’s performance-enhancing drugs policy and arrested on suspicion of DUI.

After the season, he agreed to restructure his deal, taking a significant pay cut.

Packers sign Burnett to a $24.7M extension

The Green Bay Packers announced on Friday that they signed safety Morgan Burnett to a contract extension.

Terms of the deal were not announced, but the NFL Network had previously reported it is a four-year extension worth $24.75 million.

He could have become a free agent in March if he had not signed an extension.

Burnett, who was drafted by the Packers out of Georgia Tech in the third round (No. 71 overall) in 2010.

He has started all 36 games in which he has appeared in his three seasons with the Packers.

In that time, he has accumulated 259 tackles (192 solo), 28 passes defensed, six interceptions, four forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and three sacks.

NFL training camps start opening Saturday

With the Major League Baseball All-Star Game in the rear view mirror, sports fans are eager to see some more severe hitting: players hitting each other in National Football League training camps. That begins Saturday when the Miami Dolphins and Dallas Cowboys report to their respective summer camps.

They begin before the rest because they open the exhibition season against each other in the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio, on August. 4. Although this so-called off-season has been far more active than previous years, Miami rookie defensive end Dion Jordan says he is “really” excited and expects he isn’t the only one.

“I’m sure everybody is around the country,” he said. “It’s about that time, people are getting tired of watching baseball.”

NFL camps open Saturday when the Cowboys and Dolphins report and then suit up and start hitting Sunday. The remaining NFL teams open July 24-27.

Bryant wins Golden Spikes Award

Chicago Cubs first-round draft pick Kris Bryant won the Golden Spikes Award, USA Baseball announced Friday.

The award is given each year to the top amateur baseball player in the country.

Bryant batted .329 with a .493 on-base percentage, 31 home runs, 62 RBI and 80 runs scored for the University of San Diego this year. He led the nation in home runs, runs, walks, total bases and slugging percentage, and was a consensus first-team All-America selection.

Bryant is the first infielder to win the Golden Spikes Award since Nebraska’s Alex Gordon in 2005. Bryant is also the first player in the history of the West Coast Conference to win the Golden Spikes Award.

http://bangordailynews.com/2013/07/19/sports/sports-briefs-for-july-19-2013/ printed on July 29, 2014