From Comcast SportsNetMINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Brandon Roy's balky right knee put him back on the operating table Monday, an ominous sign for a player trying to come back from years of chronic knee issues.The latest setback doesn't appear to have dashed those hopes completely just yet.Roy had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee at a Twin Cities clinic, a procedure the team said would keep him out approximately one month."We fully support Brandon's decision to have today's arthroscopic procedure, and look forward to his return when he feels ready to play," team president David Kahn said in a statement issued by the team.Roy was unavailable for comment, and Kahn's statement seems to imply that Roy will attempt to rejoin the team at some point to try playing again. But the evidence is mounting that his experiment with the Timberwolves may not have the fairy tale ending everyone was hoping for.The former All-Star with the Portland Trail Blazers retired before last season because of bone-on-bone pain in both knees that robbed him of his silky smooth creativity on offense and a 40-inch vertical leap that he occasionally pulled out to block an important shot or grab a crucial rebound on defense.He felt rejuvenated after getting some injections over the summer to try to minimize the pain, so much so that he decided to give the NBA another try. After several workouts, Roy signed a two-year deal with the Timberwolves, who desperately needed a veteran playmaker at shooting guard.Roy had a very encouraging training camp, feeling no pain in the knees while going through rigorous workouts. But he first ran into trouble after a collision in a preseason game against Milwaukee on Oct. 26, and it only got worse after another in a game against Indiana on Nov. 9.He has played in just five games this season, averaging 5.8 points and 4.6 assists."It's tough, but it's probably the best thing to do at this point and see where he's at," Wolves coach Rick Adelman said of the surgery.Guard J.J. Barea (sprained left foot) has also been out of action, so the Wolves signed free agent Josh Howard late last week. While more of a forward, Howard will be logging some more minutes at shooting guard against bigger lineups to try to offset the loss of Roy and Barea, who is questionable for the game Wednesday night against Denver."Coming in I knew there was an opportunity to play," Howard said. "I wish Brandon a speedy recovery. Hope he gets back soon. Until then, I'll hold down the fort for him."Unfortunately for Roy and the Timberwolves, it may not be his fort to hold down any longer."From the very start you knew it was going to be up and down. It's too bad it's (surgery)," Adelman said. "I think he feels like it's worth doing and making sure everything is all right. So we just have to go with it. Hopefully when it's over with he'll be able to come back."
A change of scenery is a must for the Red Sox after the rough series in Texas, where they were lucky to walk away with one win.
The pitching staff's struggles were the most apparent, but Xander Bogaerts had arguably his worst series of the season -- 2-for-12 at the plate and two errors in the field.
Although Bogaerts now finds himself three points behind José Altuve (.347) for the American League batting lead, he still leads the major leagues with 108 hits. He has more hits than Daniel Murphy, who’s at .349 in the National League.
And despite his weekend struggles, the Boston shortstop is in position to make a run at history -- the single-season hits record.
Bogaerts is already in a comfortable spot to break Wade Boggs’ Red Sox record of 240 hits, set in 1985. Through 74 games, Bogaerts has 10 more hits than the Hall-of-Famer had at that point in the season.
He's also ahead of the pace set in 2004 by Ichiro Suzuki, who established the MLB record for most hits in a season with 262 that year. Bogarts has five more hits than Ichiro had through 74 games.
There's no guarantee he'll reach 262, or anything close. Ichiro had a strong finishing kick in '04, batting .418 with 159 hits after his 74th game. In fact, in his final 74 games, he hit .433 with 141 hits. He's left challengers in the dust before: Altuve was equal to Ichiro's pace in 2014 -- both had 105 hits in their first 76 games -- but wound up with "only" 225 hits.
So, admittedly, Bogaerts is facing an uphill battle.
He does have a one advantage over Ichiro, though. In 2004, Suzuki -- still playing for the Mariners -- usually had Randy Winn hitting behind him. Although Winn was a respectable player, he doesn’t command the respect of the hitter who's usually behind Bogaerts: David Ortiz.
Opposing pitchers still don’t plan to attack Bogaerts, but it’d only be worse if pretty much anyone other than Ortiz was coming up next.
And there’s one last set of statistics to consider:
Suzuki finished 2004 with 80 games in which he had at least two hits. That’s 49.7 percent of the games he played in.
Bogaerts has done that 33 times -- 44.6 percent of his games. So he needs to string together some big games if he intends to make an improbable run at the 12-year-old record.
But definitely not impossible.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Lionel Messi says he is quitting Argentina's national team.
Argentina and Messi lost a final for the third year in a row, with Chile winning the Copa America 4-2 on penalty kicks following a 0-0 tie Sunday night.
His nation's career scoring leader with 55 international goals, Messi sent Argentina's first penalty kick over the crossbar.
Messi tells the Argentine network TyC Sports "the national team is over for me. It's been four finals, it's not meant for me. I tried. It was the thing I wanted the most, but I couldn't get it, so I think it's over."
Messi and Argentina lost to Brazil in the 2007 Copa final and to Germany in extra time in the 2014 World Cup final. They lost last year's Copa final to host Chile on penalty kicks.
The 29-year-old Messi has led Barcelona to four Champions League titles.
With New England Patriots organized workouts finished until next month, Phil Perry puts together another 53-man roster projection.