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Seager replaces Encarnacion on All-Star roster
NEW YORK – Seattle Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager was selected to replace injured Toronto first baseman Edwin Encarnacion on the American League’s roster for next week’s All-Star game.
The 26-year-old Seager, a first-time All-Star, entered yesterday with a .274 average, 13 homers, 59 RBI and 21 doubles.
Encarnacion, who has 26 home runs and 70 RBI, was put on the 15-day disabled list yesterday because of a strained right quadriceps.
The All-Star game is scheduled for July 15 at Target Field in Minneapolis.
Arizona’s Arroyo to have Tommy John surgery
PHOENIX – Arizona right-hander Bronson Arroyo will undergo Tommy John surgery, becoming the third Diamondbacks pitcher to undergo the ligament-replacement procedure this season.
Arroyo had never been on the disabled list during his 15-year career before going out on June 16 with elbow tendinitis. Arroyo said yesterday that an MRI revealed that the ulnar collateral ligament had torn completely off the bone and he will have surgery in the next week or so.
The 37-year-old said he believes he tore the ligament during a complete game against Washington in May, noticing a steady drop-off in velocity after that game. Arroyo was 7-4 with a 4.08 ERA in 14 starts this season.
He joins Patrick Corbin and reliever David Hernandez on Arizona’s list of pitchers to have Tommy John surgery. Left-hander Daniel Hudson has had the surgery twice, in 2012 and 2013.
Cardinals pitcher Wacha not cleared to throw yet
ST. LOUIS – The St. Louis Cardinals said an MRI exam on right-hander Michael Wacha’s injured shoulder showed progress, but not enough for him to resume throwing.
General Manager John Mozeliak said yesterday that Wacha, the NL championship series MVP last fall, will be evaluated again in two weeks. He said continued treatment along with weight training to strengthen the area around the stress fracture was in the pitcher’s best interests.
Wacha has been on the 15-day disabled list since June 18. He’s 5-5 with a 2.79 ERA for the defending National League champions.
Mozeliak said Joe Kelly, on the DL since April 17 with a left hamstring strain, could return to the rotation Friday at Milwaukee.
Rays sign Dominican prospect Rondon
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The Tampa Bay Rays signed 16-year-old Dominican Republic shortstop prospect Adrian Rondon for $2.95 million.
The Rays completed the deal, which was announced yesterday, after trading minor league pitcher Matt Ramsey to Miami for the Marlins’ second, third and fourth international bonus slots, a move which turn provided the team with $1,000,800 to go toward the signing of Rondon.
Rays Director of Baseball Operations Chaim Bloom describes Rondon as a solid defender who has a chance to be an above-average shortstop with a “terrific bat” that could help him develop into an elite player.
Granger, McRoberts agree on deals with Heat
MIAMI – LeBron James has been involved with some heated playoff moments involving Danny Granger and Josh McRoberts.
And now, they could be his teammates – if the four-time NBA MVP decides to stay in Miami.
The Heat announced yesterday that it intends to sign Granger and McRoberts when the NBA’s moratorium on deals being formally struck ends later this week. McRoberts agreed to a four-year deal that starts at around $5.3 million next season, said agent Mike Conley Sr., with Miami using its mid-level exception to get that contract done.
“He thinks it’s a chance to do some special things,” Conley Sr. said, adding that McRoberts has a player option for the final year of his Heat deal.
Yahoo Sports reported Granger agreed to a two-year deal, worth about $2 million annually. Granger’s agent, Aaron Mintz, did not immediately return messages seeking comment.
Those were the first two known moves by the Heat during the free-agent shopping period, but all eyes remain on what James is going to do and if he’s worn a Miami uniform for the final time. Heat President Pat Riley is planning to meet with James later this week, in an effort to convince him to stay in Miami.
It’s still unclear when the Riley-James meeting will take place. James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh are all free agents, and none have said where they will be playing next season and beyond.
Grizzlies announce deals with Randolph, Adams
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The Memphis Grizzlies finalized a contract extension with forward Zach Randolph and signed first-round draft pick Jordan Adams to a multiyear contract.
The deals were announced yesterday.
Randolph exercised his 2014-15 player option and signed a multiyear extension. Randolph’s agent, Raymond Brothers, had said on June 27 that Randolph was exercising his $16.5 million option and had agreed on a two-year extension worth $20 million.
Adams, a 6-foot-5 guard from UCLA, was the No. 22 pick in last month’s draft. He averaged 17.4 points per game and led the Pac-12 with 2.64 steals per game last season as a sophomore. His 95 total steals set a single-season school record.
The 19-year-old Adams averaged 16.4 points and 4.6 rebounds in his two-year college career.
Source: Frye agrees to sign four-year deal with Magic
ORLANDO, Fla. – A person familiar with the deal said veteran forward Channing Frye has agreed to a four-year, $32 million deal with the Orlando Magic
The person spoke yesterday on condition of anonymity because the deal can’t be signed until July 10 under NBA free agency rules.
The 31-year-old Frye opted out of the final year of his contract with Phoenix to become an unrestricted free agent.
The signing gives the Magic added shooting, and a veteran after they jettisoned Jameer Nelson and Arron Afflalo.
After missing the entire 2012-13 season for treatment of an enlarged heart, Frye started all 82 games last season, averaging 11.1 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. He is best known for his long-range shooting, making 37 percent of his 3-point attempts last season.
Pistons hire Wright as assistant GM
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – The Detroit Pistons hired Brian Wright to serve as their assistant general manager.
Team President Stan Van Gundy announced the move in a release yesterday. Wright will assist General Manager Jeff Bower, who was hired about a month ago to work with Van Gundy.
Van Gundy said Wright understands the team’s vision and what the front office is trying to accomplish.
Wright joins the Pistons after eight seasons with the Orlando Magic. He was the director of college scouting last season.
The team announced last week that George David was stepping down as assistant general manager. David was a holdover from last season’s front office, which had Joe Dumars as president and GM.
Hall of Famer Brown says ’64 title ring stolen
CLEVELAND – Browns Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown said his 1964 NFL championship ring being auctioned online was stolen from him.
Brown’s ring is up for bidding on lelands.com until July 25. As of yesterday, the highest bid was for $33,275. Brown told cleveland.com that a claim by the auction company that he authenticated the ring is “a lie.” Brown says he was unaware the ring was being auctioned off.
Brown, who works as a Browns special adviser, said the ring was stolen from him more than 40 years ago.
A phone message from the AP seeking comment from Lelands was not immediately returned.
One of the greatest players in NFL history, Brown rushed for 12,312 yards in nine seasons. In ‘64, he rushed for 1,446 yards and scored seven touchdowns as the Browns won the title – the last for any major Cleveland sports franchise.
Sharks agree to three-year deal with Wingels
SAN JOSE, Calif. – The San Jose Sharks have agreed to a three-year contract with restricted free agent forward Tommy Wingels.
Agent Dan Plante yesterday confirmed the move that will keep Wingels in San Jose. CSNBayArea.com first reported the signing and said the contract is worth $7.4 million.
Wingels was a key component for the Sharks last season when he ranked fifth on the team with 16 goals to go along with 22 assists in 77 games. He also led the Sharks with 218 hits and was used as a penalty killer and on the second power-play unit.
Restricted free agent defenseman Jason Demers has also filed for salary arbitration for next season.