Soria lost for season
KC closer to undergo right elbow surgery
Kansas City Royals closer Joakim Soria will undergo reconstructive elbow surgery on April 3 and miss the season. Soria made the decision Friday after being examined by Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala., for a third opinion.
He had already been diagnosed with right elbow ligament damage by the Royals physicians and Dr. Lewis Yocum, who will perform the surgery in Los Angeles. Soria left Sunday’s against Cleveland with pain in his elbow.
Soria, a two-time All-Star, who has 160 saves the past five seasons, also missed the 2003 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery.
Manager Ned Yost said in Soria’s absence the three candidates to close games for the Royals are Jonathan Broxton, Greg Holland and Aaron Crow.
Misstep for Chamberlain
Yankees reliever Joba Chamberlain, 26, dislocated his right ankle while playing with his son at a play area that had a trampoline, jeopardizing his immediate future after yet another odd misstep for New York’s bullpen at spring training. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said that Chamberlain had surgery and would be hospitalized at least a few days. The 6-foot-2-inch, 240-pound righthander was working his way back from elbow ligament replacement surgery and wasn’t expected to return until June or July. There is no timetable for Chamberlain’s return. The team did not say whether Chamberlain was using the trampoline equipment.
Rays’ pitcher faces charges
Rays minor-league pitcher Matthew Brian Bush faces multiple charges after leaving the scene of an accident that seriously injured a man on a motorcycle. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Bush, 26, was driving south on US 41 in Port Charlotte Thursday afternoon when he struck the motorcycle driven by 72-year-old Anthony Tufano. After the accident, Bush drove north on US 41. Multiple police agencies were notified and his 2011 Dodge Durango was located a short time later, the FHP said. Bush was arrested and taken to Charlotte County Jail, where he remained without bond. Bush faces multiple DUI- related charges and counts of leaving the scene of an injury accident and driving with a suspended license. The arrest report indicates Bush has had previous DUI-related incidents in Arizona and California. Tufano was hospitalized in serious condition.
Carpenter out indefinitely
Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter, 36, has nerve irritation that has caused weakness in his pitching shoulder and will be sidelined indefinitely. The Cardinals made the announcement after the 2005 NL Cy Young Award winner was evaluated in St. Louis this week. The team says there is no new nerve injury and the cervical disk injury that occurred earlier in spring training is a “non-issue.’’ . . . Veteran righthander Ryan Dempster will make his second straight opening day start for the Cubs, getting the nod to face the Nationals and Stephen Strasburg at Wrigley Field on April 5.
Dodgers’ bidders to three
The number of bidders for the Dodgers is reportedly down to three. The Los Angeles Times reported the finalists were a group led by Magic Johnson and veteran baseball executive Stan Kasten; Stan Kroenke, owner of the St. Louis Rams, Denver Nuggets, and Colorado Avalanche; and a group led by hedge-fund billionaire Steven Cohen and Los Angeles billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong. In an unusual process agreed to last year by Major League Baseball and Dodgers owner Frank McCourt, MLB will consider groups for approval before McCourt selects the winner of the auction, which is likely to be for a price of more than $1 billion. The auction is to be completed by April 1 and the sale closed by April 30.