Marlins’ Jose Fernandez won’t face Dodgers, may need Tommy John surgery

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The 21-year-old, considered one of the game’s best young pitchers, has been clocked throwing as fast as 100 mph.“He’s not a guy that’s fun to face or easy for anybody,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “On the other side, you don’t want a guy to be hurt. He’s good for our game. We all want to see this be a minor thing.”The Marlins recalled left-handed reliever Dan Jennings from Triple-A to take Fernandez’s roster spot. Manager Mike Redmond mentioned left-hander Brad Hand and right-hander Kevin Slowey as possibilities to start Wednesday’s game. Miami could also recall a starting pitcher from the minor leagues.“We’re going to take every precaution necessary,” Redmond said. “He said he had discomfort, so we immediately are going to give him treatment and the rest that he needs. Hopefully he just has to take a little bit of a break. Obviously, you’re always concerned (if a pitcher needs Tommy John surgery) when you talk about an elbow. But that’s something we have to wait to find out.”The Dodgers haven’t seen much of Hand in the past. Justin Turner has one hit in three career at-bats against the left-hander, Yasiel Puig is 1 for 1 and Dee Gordon and Chone Figgins are both 0 for 1 in their careers against Hand. Slowey has been rather miserable against the Dodgers in his career. Scott Van Slyke (1 for 1), Turner (1 for 3), Miguel Olivo (1 for 1, HR), Matt Kemp (1 for 3), Adrian Gonzalez (1 for 6), Andre Ethier (1 for 4) and Carl Crawford (1 for 3) all have hits against the right-hander.Paul Maholm is scheduled to start Wednesday for the Dodgers.Ellis set to returnDodgers catcher A.J. Ellis caught six innings for Triple-A Albuquerque and will return to Los Angeles today. Ellis, who underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee five weeks ago today, can be activated from the 15-day disabled list at any time.In two rehab games with the Isotopes, Ellis went 2 for 5 with a walk and a home run. Monday, Ellis went 1 for 3 with a two-run home run in the fifth inning against the El Paso Chihuahuas. It was the first home run ever to clear Southwest University Park’s 35-foot wall in left field.Mattingly said Sunday that the Dodgers won’t carry three catchers once Ellis is activated from the DL. That means that either Miguel Olivo or Drew Butera, neither of whom can be optioned to the minor leagues, is likely to be designated for assignment. The other will remain as Ellis’ backup. Butera entered Monday’s game with a .227 batting average and got the catching assignment. Olivo entered the game riding an 0-for-11 streak that dropped his average to .217.AlsoMattingly said prior to the game that third baseman Juan Uribe will not need to be placed on the disabled list with a strained right hamstring. Uribe took infield and batting practice for the first time since suffering the injury. … Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder) played long toss and threw to a crouching catcher from flat ground for the second day.center_img The Dodgers don’t know who their opposing starter will be Wednesday at Dodger Stadium, but it won’t be Jose Fernandez.The Miami Marlins’ misery greatly overshadows the Dodgers’ uncertainty. Fernandez, the reigning National League rookie of the year, has a sprained ligament in his right elbow. In a worst-case scenario, he will need season-ending Tommy John surgery.Fernandez met with Dr. Neal ElAttrache on Monday in Los Angeles and flew back to Miami for a second opinion from Dr. Lee Kaplan, the Marlins’ medical director. According to multiple reports Monday, the team is bracing for the worst-case scenario.Fernandez is 4-2 with a 2.44 earned-run average and an MLB-best 70 strikeouts this season. He is believed to have suffered the sprain in his most recent start, Friday in San Diego, when the right-hander uncharacteristically was shelled for six runs in five innings.last_img read more

Wellington Police Department receives S.A.F.E. award

first_imgWellington S.A.F.E. students.Click on picture for larger view of students.by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow — Seat belts save lives, and Wellington High School Resource Officer James Yunker and 62 Wellington High School students have been actively relaying this message as part of the “Seat belts Are For Everyone” program. The Wellington Police Department recently received an award at the S.A.F.E. conference in Topeka, for being the best law enforcement agency for a small agency in the state of Kansas.“Wellington is the only school actively participating in the program in Sumner County,” Yunker said.The S.A.F.E. program is offered to Kansas school districts as part of an educational program through the Kansas Traffic Safety Resource Office.“The program starts at the beginning of the school year,” Yunker said. “The members of S.A.F.E., who are also S.A.D.D. members, do a pre-survey of who is wearing seat belts at the high school.”Students go out to the high school parking lot 30 minutes before school for two days and count how many people don’t have seat belts on, and the numbers are sent to the state, which gives them a baseline for where Wellington is. Every month, the students put on educational assemblies at the high school, and do various other things, such as students visiting classrooms and reading seat belt statistics, including crash related ones, which are also announced over the intercom. They also host a safety day during the school year.“The educational part of it is that there are different things throughout the year, and the students can get creative with their ideas,” Yunker said.Students involved in S.A.F.E. also hand out pledge cards during lunch time for two weeks, and other students have the opportunity to pledge to wear a seat belt. Drawings are held everyday for these two weeks, with prizes of $25 gas cards and a mini iPad given.“At mid-term, we conduct another survey to see if the numbers have improved,” Yunker said.An enforcement period is also held, where Yunker and another local officer assist students in handing out citations for those not wearing seat belts for two weeks. The students are involved in collecting data, and sit with a police officer during this time. All schools in the program participate in the enforcement period, and only schools are targeted.“We just completed the final survey this week, and 94.6% of the school population wears seat belts, and we started out in the high 80 percent,” Yunker said.Yunker said the group has an opportunity throughout the year to send in t-shirt designs to the state and compete with other high schools.“The group does a great job,” Yunker said.A trophy was awarded, and they might be featured in the S.A.F.E. magazine and newsletter.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more