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Nationals’ Strasburg placed on 15-day DL with lat strain

WASHINGTON – The Washington Nationals placed Stephen Strasburg on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained muscle in his back.

The Nationals made the move yesterday after Strasburg skipped a scheduled bullpen session. The session was supposed to determine whether he could make a start on Saturday.

Strasburg was removed after two innings when he showed obvious discomfort during Friday’s game against the Atlanta Braves.

The Nationals said the next day that Strasburg had a “slight strain” to the lat. The team was hoping he would not miss a start, although he was moved back two days in the rotation to give him time to heal.


Peavy out 4-6 weeks for White Sox with rib fracture

SEATTLE – Jake Peavy will miss at least the next four to six weeks after an MRI revealed the Chicago White Sox starter has a non-displaced rib fracture on the left side of his chest.

The White Sox announced the diagnosis yesterday following an exam in Seattle. The only treatment is rest and Peavy will be shut down for that entire stretch.

Peavy left Tuesday night’s start against Seattle after 2  1∕ 3 innings and giving up six earned runs. Peavy felt something wrong in his ribs when he was playing catch a day before his start. Still, he thought he could pitch through the discomfort.

After the game, Peavy said it was difficult to even take a deep breath. He had X-rays at the stadium that were inconclusive, leading to the MRI exam.


Reds put Cueto back
on DL with back problem

CINCINNATI – The Reds placed right-hander Johnny Cueto on the disabled list with a sore muscle in his back, the second time this season that he’s been sidelined by the injury.

Cueto was on the disabled list from April 15 to May 19 with a strained muscle in the right side of his back. He made three starts after his return, going 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA. He allowed only one hit in eight innings of a 6-0 win in Pittsburgh on Friday.


Police suspect pot sent to home of Indians’ Perez

CLEVELAND – Drug agents in Ohio are investigating a suspected marijuana shipment to the home of Cleveland Indians closer Chris Perez.

Rocky River Police Chief Kelly Stillman said yesterday afternoon in a brief statement that investigators suspect they found marijuana in a package sent to the Perez home in suburban Cleveland. The chief said it will be up to the state crime lab to determine the shipment’s contents.

No one has been arrested. Perez hasn’t commented and his attorney hasn’t responded to a request for comment.


Arizona QB coach Kitchens undergoes heart surgery

TEMPE, Ariz. – Arizona Cardinals quarterbacks coach Freddie Kitchens underwent heart surgery and the team said his early prognosis is “positive.”

A team statement said Kitchens did not feel well and left Tuesday’s OTA practice. The team’s medical staff sent Kitchens to a hospital, where a CT scan revealed a defect in his aorta.

Kitchens underwent surgery Tuesday night at the Arizona Heart Institute. The team said doctors who performed the surgery said it “went very well.”


Parents of Broncos RB coach Studesville killed in accident

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – The Denver Broncos are mourning the deaths of running backs coach Eric Studesville’s parents in an auto accident in Texas.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, Al and Jan Studesville, who were in their late 60s, were killed Tuesday when a truck towing a grain trailer crossed into the westbound lane on U.S. Highway 54 and struck the couple’s motorcycle head-on.

The Broncos canceled their media availability yesterday and said in a statement, “Our most heartfelt condolences go to Eric Studesville and his entire family following the tragic loss of his parents, Al and Jan Studesville. We were devastated to learn of their passing today.”

Studesville is entering his fourth season with the Broncos. He was their interim coach for the final month of the 2010 season.


Steelers QB Roethlisberger undergoes knee surgery

PITTSBURGH – Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is out until training camp after minor knee surgery.

Coach Mike Tomlin said yesterday’s procedure will have no “long-term effects” on Roethlisberger’s health. Roethlisberger has been dealing with discomfort in the knee, and the team recommended Roethlisberger undergo the surgery so he’s ready when camp opens next month.

The 31-year-old Roethlisberger had been a full participant during organized team activities but has dealt with a series of health issues throughout his career. He underwent a similar procedure in 2005 and recovered to lead the Steelers to the Super Bowl.


Ex-Alabama player Pollard indicted in kidnapping

JACKSON, Miss. – A former Alabama basketball player and six other people were indicted on federal charges they conspired to kidnap a 6-year-old girl from an east Mississippi elementary school.

Among those named in the indictment unsealed yesterday was 18-year-old Devonta Pollard, who played this past season as a freshman.

Prosecutors said his mother, Jesse Mae Brown Pollard, led a scheme to kidnap the girl to pressure the child’s mother in a land dispute. Authorities said at one point kidnappers demanded a $50,000 ransom.

An attorney for Devonta Pollard said they will defend him vigorously. If convicted, he could face up to five years in prison. His mother faces a more serious charge that carries a potential life sentence.


Vonn goes from red
carpet to drug testing

NEW YORK – Lindsey Vonn took an unexpected detour during her evening at an awards show – off the red carpet and into the women’s bathroom for drug testing.

Vonn was at the Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards at Lincoln Center on Monday when testers from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency escorted her to the restroom for a urine test. The test was sent to a lab and results weren’t immediately available.

USADA and Vonn’s agent confirmed Monday’s test, which was first reported by the New York Post.

Olympic athletes are subject to random testing and required to fill out forms notifying USADA of their whereabouts at all times.


Hermann visits Rutgers,
appears set to start job

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Rutgers incoming Athletic Director Julie Hermann said the problems she encountered as a women’s volleyball coach at Tennessee are part of the reason she’s a good fit as a sports administrator.

Speaking to reporters during a campus visit yesterday, Hermann said she learned from the experiences that have drawn criticism regarding the school’s decision to hire her.

Players from the 1996 Vols team have said they complained Hermann was verbally and emotionally abusive to them. They said in a letter at the time that she called them “whores, alcoholics and learning disabled.”

The allegations followed the uproar in which predecessor Tim Pernetti was forced to resign days after men’s basketball coach Mike Rice was fired for physically and verbally abusing his players during his three-year tenure.

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