Teixeira out for season
New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira, who has played just 15 games this season due to a wrist injury, will undergo surgery and miss the rest of the year, the injury-hit team said on Wednesday. The 33-year-old Teixeira, a two-time All-Star who sustained the injury while taking batting practice for the US team at the World Baseball Classic, will undergo surgery to repair a tear on the tendon sheath of his wrist. Teixeira hit a meager .151 batting average for the Yankees this season after producing 24 home runs and 84 RBIs for the American League East champions last year. The switch-hitter is just one of a slew of Yankees who have missed substantial time through injury. Captain Derek Jeter has yet to play this season as he recovers from a broken ankle and outfielder Curtis Granderson, who broke his forearm after he was hit by a pitch and missed 38 games, was sidelined shortly after he returned when he was hit by another pitch that broke a finger.
Bergeron still in hospital
Boston forward Patrice Bergeron was still in hospital on Wednesday night with a punctured lung, two days after the Bruins lost the Stanley Cup final to the Chicago Blackhawks. The 27-year-old Canadian was admitted to a Boston hospital with a host of injuries shortly after the Bruins’ shocking 3-2 loss to Chicago. Bergeron is also receiving treatment for a broken rib, torn cartilage and a separated shoulder he sustained in Game 6 of the NHL championship. Doctors said it was impossible for Bergeron to play with a punctured lung and said it could have resulted from the broken rib or a nerve-blocking injection he received to deaden the pain so he could continue to play. Bergeron was taken to hospital after Game 5 in Chicago because of the torn cartilage, but checked himself out to play the final two games.
Madrid confirm Isco transfer
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez on Wednesday said that a deal for Malaga midfielder Isco has already been agreed with the selling club and the player himself. The Spanish under-21 international admitted last week that he had an offer from Madrid and Perez confirmed that he just needs to pass a medical before the deal can be completed. The former Valencia man will become Madrid’s first major signing of the close season, with Real set to pay about 30 million euros (US$39 million) for his services. Isco will also be the first player to arrive in Carlo Ancelotti’s reign as manager after he was presented to the media at the Santiago Bernabeu earlier on Wednesday and Ancelotti hailed his recent performances with winners Spain at the UEFA-Under 21 European Championships in Israel.
Bird retakes Pacers helm
NBA Hall of Famer Larry Bird, who resigned last year because of health problems, will return to his role as president of basketball operations for the Indiana Pacers. The Pacers agreed to a multi-year deal with Bird, who resumed his duties of running the team on Wednesday. “We are all very happy to have Larry back,” Pacers owner Herb Simon said. “The year off gave me a chance to reflect, to rest, to take care of some health issues and it recharged me,” said Bird, who was named NBA Executive of the Year last year. Bird, who has three championship rings as a player, has been instrumental in the Pacers’ success since he took over as president a decade ago. His draft picks include Paul George and Lance Stephenson, and he acquired the draft rights to center Roy Hibbert in 2008.