D Day for Tipp Minors today

first_imgThis afternoon’s game throws-in at 1.15 in Croke Park and Tipp FM will have live commentary and analysis in association with Roscrea Express. Charlie McGeever’s team go into today’s final looking for revenge for their Munster final defeat in Killarney.Tipperary have defeated the Connaught and Leinster champions and now have their sights on Kerry.Dual minor star Stephen Quirke of Moyle Rovers says having played regularly in Croke Park throughout the summer will stand to Tipperary todaylast_img read more

Healthy Adam Liberatore could make impact for Dodgers’ bullpen

first_imgA key piece of the Dodgers’ bullpen in 2016, Liberatore set the franchise record at one point by going 24 consecutive appearances without being charged with a run. But it soon became apparent that Liberatore had been overworked. With veteran lefty J.P. Howell struggling, Liberatore made 58 appearances in 2016 but wasn’t available for the postseason due to elbow pain.He had a bone chip removed immediately after the season ended but wasn’t feeling quite right when he reported to camp last spring. He made just four appearances with the Dodgers, the last before May ended. A groin injury sent him to the DL once and he received a platelet-rich plasma injection in June. The most difficult thing, though, might have been not knowing what was really wrong.“It was a little vague because the MRI looked clean,” he said of the diagnosis after a mid-season exam of his elbow. “To me, that’s what was more concerning. ‘I know my arm feels like crap but they’re telling me there’s nothing they can do.’ It was not encouraging for me to be in a situation where my arm feels like trash but they’re saying nothing’s wrong.”The PRP and rest provided enough relief that Liberatore tried to start a rehab assignment as the minor-league season was winding down.“I thought it went pretty well for three outings (but) I still had questions for myself to answer,” Liberatore said. “I wasn’t able to answer those questions before the offseason.” So he came to spring training with a clear agenda – one that Dodgers manager Dave Roberts endorses.“The No. 1 thing is health with Lib,” Roberts said. “After he got done taking care of what he did last year, he came into camp really healthy and every ’pen has been with a purpose. He says he feels really great and the results are showing on the field.”He looks like the Liberatore of 2016, Roberts said as the left-hander retired the first nine batters he faced in Cactus League games.“Adam’s on a mission right now,” Roberts said.It won’t be an easy mission to pitch his way onto the Dodgers’ season-opening roster. Liberatore has options (meaning he can be sent to Triple-A easily) and the Dodgers have added two left-handed relievers over the past year, Scott Alexander and Tony Cingrani.“I’ll be honest – I don’t look at it a whole lot like competition,” Liberatore said. “I look at it like we’re all on the same team here. So I’m not competing against these guys. I’m competing with these guys. I want everybody to have success.“What matters to me is being healthy and available. For me, I feel my track record is – if I’m healthy and pitching, they want me in L.A. Whether it’s right out of camp or a week after camp. When I’m healthy and doing what I do, they’ll want me in L.A. So my focus is on being healthy.”CONTRACTS DONEThe Dodgers renewed or reached contract agreements with several players Wednesday, topped by shortstop Corey Seager who was renewed at $605,000 for 2018, a $30,000 raise for Seager, who will be eligible for salary arbitration next offseason.First baseman Cody Bellinger was renewed at $585,000 for his second major-league season, Chris Taylor at $575,000 and Austin Barnes at $555,000.The Dodgers also reached contract agreements with eight other pre-arbitration level players. Liberatore will make $565,000 if he is in the majors. Outfielder Andrew Toles and pitchers Ross Stripling and Scott Alexander will make $555,000. Right-hander Wilmer Font will make $550,000 in the majors. Alex Verdugo, Kyle Farmer and Dylan Baker will make $547,500. All are “split contracts” which will pay them less if they are in the minors.WOOD WORKLeft-hander Alex Wood pitched in a minor-league game Wednesday afternoon and retired 16 of the 17 batters he faced, striking out seven and allowing one single to the Chicago White Sox minor-leaguers.Wood called the outing “pretty good overall” and said he is focusing on his mechanics.“Trying to put the last pieces together,” Wood said.Seager played shortstop in the minor-league game, increasing from his five innings of defense Monday to seven innings Wednesday. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img GLENDALE, Ariz. — Adam Liberatore has his priorities and nothing this spring has changed them.“No, not at all,” the Dodgers left-hander said. “I just wanted to be healthy. Pretty much that was it. I just felt like throughout my career wherever I was at as long as I was healthy I pitched really good.“I just wanted to come back and not only prove to everybody but prove to myself that I still got this and my body is going to hold up. Because I had all kinds of doubts last year.”And he had plenty of idle time for those to develop.last_img read more

Jacoby Ellsbury injury update: Yankees outfielder (foot) to miss start of spring training

first_img Manny Machado rumors: Yankees remain in play; Padres have been ‘very aggressive’ with offer Jacoby Ellsbury will be absent for the start of Yankees spring training because of a plantar fasciitis issue.Yankees manager Aaron Boone said during his first camp press conference of 2019 that Ellsbury, 35, won’t join the team until mid-March because the outfielder developed plantar fasciitis while rehabbing from the hip surgery he had in August, The Athletic reported. “We feel like he’s making really good progress, but he’ll stay (home) in Arizona for at least the next couple of weeks,” Boone told reporters, per the Bergen (N.J.) Record.  Related News Boone indicated Ellsbury’s absence to start camp has nothing to do with his hip, but the plantar fasciitis has kept him from resuming baseball activities. He remains home in Arizona. Ellsbury underwent surgery in August to repair a torn labrum in his left hip and initially was given a six-month timetable to return. He missed all of 2018 with multiple injuries after batting .264 with seven home runs and 39 RBIs in 2017.After signing a seven-year, $153 million contract in December 2013, he has rarely lived up to that contract. Ellsbury has slashed .264/.330/.386 with the Yankees and now finds himself part of a crowded New York outfield, where he’ll struggle to find playing time among Brett Gardner, Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton and Clint Frazier.last_img read more