Blackmon returns to Rockies after recovering from COVID-19

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditDENVER (AP) — All-Star outfielder Charlie Blackmon, the first major league player known to have tested positive for the coronavirus, returned to the Colorado Rockies for his first workout Monday after getting the all clear to rejoin his teammates.“I feel great. I have felt that way for at least a couple of weeks now,” Blackmon said on a video conference call with reporters before taking batting and fielding practice at Coors Field. “It’s nice to be back,” he added. “I was getting kind of bored sitting there in the basement in quarantine by myself.” Blackmon said he was only mildly affected by the virus that has killed more than 130,000 Americans and claimed more than a half-million lives worldwide.“I had a day and a half of symptoms and after that I started feeling much better,” Blackmon said, adding he hopes to be ready for the Rockies’ July 24 opener at Texas.He said his illness wasn’t even as bad as the flu.“I was blindsided” by the positive test result, Blackmon explained, adding that he had taken all the usual precautions with his family: sheltering at home, social distancing and wearing a mask when out in public.He said he has no idea how he contracted the virus but was lucky not to get as sick as so many others. Associated Press Manager Bud Black said he hopes to have Blackmon available when the season is set to begin in two weeks. If he isn’t ready to play outfield, he might serve as Colorado’s designated hitter to start out.“It’s going to be close, but I’m optimistic, knowing Charlie,” Black said. ”We’re going to watch him every single day to see how he’s doing.” ___ Follow Arnie Melendrez Stapleton on Twitter: http://twitter.com/arniestapleton___ July 13, 2020center_img “My symptoms were what I would consider mild flu symptoms,” Blackmon said. “I had a headache, I had a bit of a cough and then I had some body aches. I just felt sick. But it only lasted for about 36 hours and I would consider it mild compared to the flu. I had the flu proper a couple of years ago and I thought that thing was going to wipe me out.“And I’m lucky that my COVID experience was not nearly as severe” as many others who have been infected, Blackmon said. “And I know that it does affect everybody a little differently. But I would consider the symptoms that I felt to be minor.”Blackmon said he’s just trying now to regain his physical fitness and added that he doesn’t foresee any long-term effects from the illness.“This is a minor, minor glitch, a minor speed bump,” he said. “It is not something that’s going to throw me off. It’s not something that I was scared of or that I’ll be scared of for any of these guys in this locker room. “I do think we’ll be as safe as we can and try not to get it, but honestly, we went through a whole lot of trouble and did a lot of changing of our life and our country for something that wasn’t that bad — in my experience,” Blackmon said. “That doesn’t mean that it won’t be more serious for other people and that it hasn’t been more serious for other people.” Blackmon returns to Rockies after recovering from COVID-19 More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseballlast_img read more

MBB : TWICE IS NICE: SU completes 2nd straight unblemished nonconference slate with win over Drexel

first_img Comments Published on December 21, 2010 at 12:00 pm For Jim Boeheim, the difference in his basketball team from the start of this year to now has been offense. He said the defense started out the season well, but the offense played catch-up.But instead of criticism of the execution and critiques of the individual players, on Wednesday night the Syracuse head coach had nothing but praise for his squad on the offensive end of the floor.‘I don’t think we can play better offensively than that,’ Boeheim said.No. 5 SU (13-0) opened up the second half with a torrid 18-of-20 shooting stretch to pull away from Drexel (8-2) for a 93-65 victory in front of 17,856 people in the Carrier Dome. Junior Kris Joseph led the Orange with a career-high 25 points — 21 of them after the break — as Syracuse took control of the contest after struggling in the opening minutes.The win means that Syracuse is undefeated entering Big East play for the second consecutive year.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘Earlier in the year, this would’ve been a very different game,’ Boeheim said. ‘But we’re playing much better offensively, much more confidence. Everybody was good tonight. … That’s as well as we can play.’Syracuse wasn’t playing its best early on, though, and it seemed like Drexel would give SU some trouble. The Orange didn’t make its first field goal until nearly six minutes into the game when sophomore Brandon Triche knocked down a spinning jumper with the shot clock winding down.The Orange eventually took a 16-12 lead, and the offense began to click. Senior Rick Jackson took over like he has in so many games this season. After the Dragons poked a rebound away from Jackson underneath the basket, the forward blocked two shots in a row by Drexel’s Samme Givens, the second one off Givens out of bounds.The rejections ignited Jackson. On the ensuing possession, he powered his way through Dragons forward Daryl McCoy for an easy layup. He converted a three-point play on a pick-and-roll with Triche two possessions later.Jackson finished with 15 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks.‘The pick-and-roll, they weren’t really guarding it well,’ Triche said.The and-one play put SU up 11, and the Orange took a 35-22 lead into the break five minutes later.Then came SU’s white-hot streak to open the second half. This time, it was Joseph’s turn to lead the Syracuse offense.The 6-foot-7 forward posted up 6-foot-4 Drexel guard Derrick Thomas and overpowered him for an easy layup. He then rejected a Dragon shot off the glass, sparking a fast break bucket for Scoop Jardine. The junior then pulled down a rebound after a missed three and led a fast break ending with a Jackson dunk.Drexel called a timeout after that series of plays but still couldn’t stop the bleeding. After starting the game shooting 1-for-6 from the field, the Orange shot 34-of-49 the rest of the way, including that 18-of-20 stretch to open the second half.‘Good offense, making shots, being patient, setting up shots for other guys and looking for other guys,’ Jardine said of the reasons behind the offensive onslaught. ‘We were unselfish tonight, and we’ve been playing like that the last three or four games.‘I think it’s finally clicking.’For the Orange, that shooting percentage was helped by most of its shots coming from close range as the Dragons were unable to stop the Syracuse penetration. And for the second game in a row, SU’s entire active roster got some playing time.Jackson, Jardine, Joseph and Triche all feel the Orange is ready for Big East play, which starts Tuesday when Providence visits the Carrier Dome. They all said things are just coming together for the team as a whole.And with the shooting stretch SU had Wednesday, even Boeheim — who has been as critical of his team as anyone — admitted that the offense is finally starting to click.‘We’re playing better offensively,’ he said. ‘I think it takes awhile for offense. … Now, I think we’re getting to where everybody’s figured out what they can do.’zjbrown@syr.educenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Angels in the running for Gerrit Cole as winter meetings open

first_imgSAN DIEGO — Get ready for ColeFest.As the winter meetings convene in San Diego, topic No. 1 figures to be the landing spot for Gerrit Cole, who is poised to sign the largest contract for a pitcher in major league history.The only question is which team will give it to him.The Angels and New York Yankees are believed to be the top two suitors, with the Dodgers likely in the mix as well. All three teams have already had face-to-face meetings with Cole, which allows for speculation that a deal could happen any day.Of course, it also could drag past the new year, as the top free-agent deals did last winter.When it’s over, expect Cole to set a record.The largest contract for a pitcher went to David Price, who signed a seven-year, $217-million deal with the Boston Red Sox in December 2015. The highest average annual value for a pitcher belongs to Zack Greinke, who makes $34.3 million per year under the six-year, $206-million deal he signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2015.At the time of Price’s deal, he was entering his age 30 season. In the previous three years, he’d posted a 3.01 ERA over 93 starts with 8.9 strikeouts per nine innings. Greinke was entering his age 32 season, with a 2.30 ERA over 92 starts and 8.3 strikeouts per nine innings over his previous three years. Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Cole will be pitching in his age 29 season next season. Over his last three years, he’s posted a 3.20 ERA in 98 starts, with 11.7 strikeouts per nine innings. Over his last two years, though, he’s got a 2.68 ERA over 65 starts.Cole also compares favorably to Max Scherzer, who signed a seven-year, $210-million deal in January 2015. Scherzer was entering his age 30 season, with a 3.24 ERA and 10.5 strikeouts per nine innings over 97 starts in the previous three years.Considering Cole hits free agency at least a year younger than any of those three, he ought to be able to break the records for average annual value and total value.The Angels and Yankees, at least, seem eager to pay the price, if the industry perception is accurate.Each team, however, has selling points the other can’t match.The Angels are Cole’s hometown team. He attended Orange Lutheran High and UCLA. He has talked about how he grew up as an Angels fan, and attended games regularly at Angel Stadium, including the 2002 World Series. Houston Astros teammate Josh Reddick believed Cole’s preference for the West Coast was so strong that he predicted Cole would sign with a team “west of Nevada.”The Angels also offer Cole the opportunity to play with Mike Trout, who is signed for the next 11 years, and with two-way sensation Shohei Ohtani. Cole said in August that he’s fascinated by Ohtani and loves watching him.Despite all that, if Cole’s priority is to have a chance to win the World Series every year, the Yankees have a clear edge. With more resources than any team in the majors, the Yankees always have a powerful team that is in the running for the World Series. Although they haven’t won a World Series since 2009, they have made the playoffs in seven of the 10 years since, and they haven’t had a losing record since 1992.The Angels have made the playoffs just once in the past 10 years. They have four consecutive losing seasons, and in 2019 they lost their most games since 1999. Even if Cole signs with the Angels, they will need some help – either from further additions or breakouts from current players – to make the playoffs.The Angels would likely try to convince Cole they can be consistent winners soon if he joins the core that includes, Trout, Ohtani and top prospect Jo Adell. Trout showed his confidence in the plan when he signed his deal in March.Obviously, the Dodgers might represent the sweet spot with the best of both sides: geography and a chance to win.Neither the Dodgers nor the Yankees has a need for Cole as acutely as the Angels, though, which could prompt owner Arte Moreno to simply make an offer Cole can’t refuse.Moreno was frustrated enough by the string of losing seasons that he led the decision to fire Brad Ausmus and bring in Joe Maddon as the manager. He also said he plans to increase the payroll in 2020, although he wouldn’t say by how much.General Manager Billy Eppler, who is in the final year of his contract, has not signed any free agent for more than the $38 million the Angels committed to Zack Cozart two years ago.It seems obvious Eppler is going to have to do that this winter if the Angels are going to compete in 2020. If the Angels don’t get Cole, expect them to make a run at Stephen Strasburg, with whom they’ve also had a meeting. Hyun-Jin Ryu and Madison Bumgarner are also free agents.Related Articles Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros They also could try to trade for a pitcher such as Robbie Ray of the Arizona Diamondbacks or José Quintana of the Chicago Cubs.While Eppler has refused to say much about whom he’s after, he’s made no secret of the fact that the Angels need pitching.They have Ohtani, Andrew Heaney, Griffin Canning, Dylan Bundy, Patrick Sandoval, Jaime Barría, José Suarez, Dillon Peters and Félix Peña on their starting pitcher depth chart right now.“We would be open to supplementing that group with increased talent if we can make that work,” Eppler said. “We like talented players here. If those players are available, we can execute a trade for that player or pursue a free agent deal.”center_img Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter last_img read more