Wakeup Call: Tanaka's injury may be tipping point

Wakeup Call: Tanaka's injury may be tipping point
July 11, 2014, 8:30 am
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Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy and/or interesting tidbits -- for Friday, July 11:


Masahiro Tanaka's partially torn ulnar collateral ligament, which will sideline him for at least six weeks but might wind up requiring Tommy John surgery, may be the last straw: Though teams have been reluctant to collaborate in the past, Tanaka's injury -- added to those of Matt Harvey and Jose Fernandez and Patrick Corbin and Matt Moore and Martin Perez and Jarrod Parker and Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy and Jameson Taillon, among others -- may finally force the teams, the union and MLB to think about working together on research and training to stem the epidemic. (Yahoo! Sports)

Pitchers aren't the only ones getting hurt. The Cardinals could be without Yadier Molina for the rest of the season after he tears a ligament in his thumb. (AP)

And Brandon Phillips will be lost to the Reds for six weeks because of torn ligaments in his left thumb. (AP)

Carlos Beltran's miserable season just keeps getting worse: The Yankees place him on the seven-day concussion DL after a ball he hit during batting practice caroms off the cage and hits him in the head, breaking his nose and giving him a concussion. (AP)

In light of all that, Clayton Kershaw's scoreless-inning streak being snapped at 41 doesn't qualify as bad news. Especially since he still leads the Dodgers to victory over the Padres. (AP) 

Carl Crawford's finally off the DL, but the Dodgers tell him that he "won't play much in the immediate future." That trade just looks better and better by the day, doesn't it? (NBC's Hardball Talk)

The Phillies are rolling right these days. After being no-hit for six innings by Matt Garza, they explode for nine runs in their final two at-bats and complete a four-game sweep of the Brewers. (CSN Philly)

The Cubs beat the Reds in 12 innings and avoid a five-game sweep in Cincinnati. (AP)

Derek Jeter has the best-selling jersey in MLB, but two members of the Red Sox -- David Ortiz and Dustin Pedroia -- are both in the top five. (AP)

Chicago's seeing Stars, as the White Sox' Chris Sale and the Cubs' Anthony Rizzo earn the final two All-Star berths in fan voting. (Hardball Talk)


Rick Pitino's only 61, and says he plans to continue coaching for "a long time." (AP)


The Big Ten championship rematch between Ohio State and Michigan State on Nov. 8 will be played in prime time, the first November night game in the history of Spartan Stadium. (NBC's College Football Talk)

Most bowls are looking for corporate sponsors, but the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl is going in the opposite direction: It's now going to be called the Cactus Bowl. (AP)

Florida State suspends receiver Jesus Wilson after he's arrested for stealing a scooter. (AP)

NCAA president Mark Emmert tells a Senate committee he'd like to see athletes get "scholarships for life". (AP)


Rory McIlroy, saying he's as "prepared as I have ever been to play [links] golf," shoots a 64 and takes the first-round lead in the Scottish Open. (AP)

Paul Azinger isn't impressed with the changes Tiger Woods has made in his swing. (AP)

Don't know if Ayako Uehara is related to Koji, but she does the name proud: Her 68 is not only good for the first-round lead in the Women's British Open, but it puts her seven strokes ahead of Michelle Wie. (AP)


The AHL is instituting a new overtime policy: A seven-minute period instead of five, with three minutes of four-on-four play and the rest three-on-three. Could this be a hint of things to come in the NHL? (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk) 

Don't feel bad the Bruins have been so quiet in free agency. Brendan Shanahan says building a team with free agents is "a bad habit," which is why he's not doing that in Toronto. (Pro Hockey Talk)

Old friend Vladimir Sobotka's reportedly signed with Omsk of the KHL. But the Blues say he's welcome back any time . . . even this year, if the reports aren't true. (Pro Hockey Talk)


Now it appears 'Melo is having second thoughts about going back to the Knicks and instead may be leaning towards Chicago. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

Don't ask the Zen Master what's going on; he hasn't heard from Anthony, either. (Pro Basketball Talk)

While waiting for LeBron to make up his mind, the Cavs keep busy by officially announcing their $90 million extension with Kyrie Irving. (AP)

There'll be no sign-and-trade involving Chandler Parsons. Either the Rockets match Dallas' offer or he's headed to the Mavs. (Yahoo! Sports)

In other news, Steve Blake's going to Portland . . . (Yahoo! Sports)

. . . and James Johnson to Toronto. (Yahoo! Sports)

So let's get this straight: Josh Gordon was arrested for DUI while driving P.J. Hairston's car? After they'd swapped vehicles during a chance meeting at a grocery store? Honest? (AP)

If the Hornets don't regret drafting Hairson yet, it sounds like they will. Very soon. (Pro Basketball Talk)

Marcin Gortat holds a press conference to discuss his re-signing with the Wizards, but all anyone wants to talk about is that picture he took last month with a pig. (CSN Washington)


Brett Favre and the Packers are in contact again, but he's not willing to come back to Green Bay to have his jersey number retired until he's sure he won't be booed. Good luck with that, Brett. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

Michael Crabtree says he's "a baller," not a talker, so he's not taking Richard Sherman's bait. (Pro Football Talk)

Unlike most everyone outside of the league's corporate and marketing offices, Maurice Jones-Drew thinks there should be an NFL team in London. (Pro Football Talk) 

Since no one else seems willing to do it, the Texans say they're willing to tear down the Astrodome -- the decrepit hulk of which sits next to their NRG (formerly Reliant) Stadium -- to create an open space that can be used for outdoor concerts and such. (Pro Football Talk)


Luis Suarez's appeal of his four-month biting suspension is, to no one's surprise except maybe him, rejected by FIFA. (AP via Yahoo! Sports)

Hundreds of Ghanians who went to Brazil to watch the World Cup are now seeking asylum there. (NBC's Pro Soccer Talk)


Four days after winning Wimbledon, Novak Djokovic gets married in a private ceremony in Montenegro. (AP)

Serena Williams is still suffering from that mystery virus that hampered her at Wimbledon, so she withdraws from next week's tournament in Bastad. (Yahoo! Sports)