Justine Siegal makes history
Justine Siegal became the first woman to pitch batting practice in a major league spring training camp when she threw to the Cleveland Indians. Siegal, a Cleveland native, was the first woman to coach first base in men’s professional baseball for the Brockton Rox, an independent league team in Massachusetts, in 2009. She spent three years as the only female college baseball coach in the country, when she was an assistant coach at Springfield College in Massachusetts from 2007 to last year. Siegal, who throws right-handed, is scheduled to throw batting practice in the Oakland Athletics camp later this week.
Hussey joins English club
Australian World Cup all-rounder David Hussey and compatriot Adam Voges have signed as overseas players for English county champions Nottinghamshire, the club announced yesterday. Voges will be available from the opening day of the season, with Hussey set to feature for the first time when Notts Outlaws play in the national Twenty20 event on June 3, a statement on the club’s Web site said. Both players will be available for the duration of the T20 competition, with Hussey staying on to complete the season with Nottinghamshire, subject to international commitments. “Adam and David made big contributions for us last season and the prospect of pairing them in T20 is something that we’re very excited about,” Nottinghamshire director of cricket Mick Newell said.
Grugger leaves hospital
Austrian skier Hans Grugger has been released from the hospital, one month after undergoing brain surgery following a near-fatal downhill crash. The Austrian ski federation said on Monday that Grugger has been moved to a rehabilitation center in Hochzirl for further recovery. According to Claudius Thome from the University Hospital, Grugger “has recovered fast from the operation ... there were no complications so he could leave for rehab earlier than scheduled.” The 29-year-old Grugger smashed his head on the icy Streif course in Kitzbuehel after a training crash and underwent a five-hour emergency operation. He was kept in an induced coma for 11 days.
Nalbandian in Davis Cup
David Nalbandian and Juan Monaco have been selected in Argentina’s Davis Cup team for the best-of-five series against Romania in the opening round next month. Captain Modesto “Tito” Vazquez also picked Juan Ignacio Chela and Eduardo Schwank on Monday, saying he expected them to play doubles in the March 4-6 series on clay in Buenos Aires. Vazquez said he was confident Nalbandian would be fit after injuring his groin in Saturday’s loss to Tommy Robredo at the Copa Claro.
Pens acquire Neal, Niskanen
The Pittsburgh Penguins added some spark to their injury-hit offence by acquiring left wing James Neal and defenseman Matt Niskanen from the Dallas Stars for blueliner Alex Goligoski on Monday. With leading scorers Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin out with injuries, Neal, who was the third-leading goal scorer on the Stars, will be counted on to provide the Pens’ sagging attack with a boost. Neal, selected by Dallas in the second round of the 2005 NHL Draft, has 21 goals and 39 points in 59 games this season. Goligoski had been a workhorse on the Pittsburgh blueline logging over 20 minutes a game and scoring nine goals and 22 assists.