He joined Babe Ruth as the only MLB players with 10 pitching appearances and 20 homers in a season.The two-way star underwent elbow ligament transplant surgery after the season, performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles, and missed the first 34 games of the 2019 season. Yankees hit home run in 28th consecutive game, set MLB record Shohei Ohtani throwing off the mound for the first time since Tommy John surgery pic.twitter.com/LezraQ7Q5Y— Rhett Bollinger (@RhettBollinger) June 26, 2019With pitching coach Doug White looking on, Ohtani threw only fastballs at what he said was 50 percent effort, leaving White happy with the first mound session.”He looked great,” White said. “It’s very low intensity, trying to feel the slope of the mound. But he looked great. He always knows what he wants to do. He always knows how he wants to feel, and the process with which he’s going to get it done. It’s nice to see.” Related News MLB trade rumors: Dodgers interested in Giants closer Will Smith Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani “looked great” Wednesday throwing off a mound for the first time since having Tommy John surgery in October.“It felt really comfortable,” Ohtani said through interpreter Ippei Mizuhara (via MLB.com). “It felt good to get on there again. As long as my arm reacts well, I’ll keep on throwing, keep on going back out there. I have to see how it reacts (Thursday).” Dodgers to extend protective netting after latest fan injury Ohtani is scheduled to throw off a mound again Saturday. The plan is get him through his rehab this season so that he can have a regular offseason heading into next year.Still, in the wake of Wednesday’s flawless session — in the final week of June, before the All-Star break, with still more than three months to go in the regular season, as ESPN.com noted — is there a shot he could return to pitch in 2019?”No chance,” Angels manager Brad Ausmus said with a smile, restating what has long been established, regardless of Ohtani’s progression.Ohtani, 24, was activated from the injured list May 7 as a designated hitter only and is slashing .277/.339/.490 with nine home runs and 31 RBIs in 41 games.“Mentally, I think I was able to handle (being sidelined as a pitcher) better than other players, because I’ve been hitting every day,” Ohtani said. “That helps me mentally get through it compared to other people that can’t do anything.”According to the Orange County Register, Ohtani, who has been throwing since spring training, took a planned break earlier this month and resumed throwing a few days ago. Ausmus says the team plans to continue Ohtani’s rehab program, which includes four days of throwing per week.The 2018 AL Rookie of the Year, Ohtani made 10 starts as a pitcher, going 4-2 with a 3.31 ERA and 63 strikeouts in 51 2/3 innings, and batted .285/.361/.564 with 22 home runs and 61 RBIs. Tim Anderson injury update: White Sox infielder sprains ankle vs. Red Sox
Guardiola thinks Paris Saint-Germain’s world-record £198 million signing of Neymar from Barcelona last August set the bar for the current transfer market.“We have spent a lot of money, I’m not denying it,” he said. “The problem is we had to spend a lot to change the oldest squad in the Premier League. That doesn’t happen in one transfer window. We needed more time.“Normally we try to be stable with the wages of the players because I think it is good for the team and stability of the club.“It’s £50 million today but years ago it was £20 million. In the past, what the club did, was at that price. Maybe in the future more clubs will spend more than £100 million on one player, like some teams already have. I think the prices next summer will be higher than this winter.”City remain stretched in attack, with Sergio Aguero their only fit senior centre forward as Gabriel Jesus continues to recover from knee ligament damage.Guardiola, though, has no intention of trying to sign another out-and-out striker, saying Raheem Sterling can move in from the wing if needed, as he did when City won 2-1 at Manchester United in December.“We have the two strikers and we do not need another one in that position,” the City boss explained. “Other players can play there in different circumstances. To buy a striker who can only play there: that is not going to happen.“Raheem can play there. He did at Old Trafford and in the United States in pre-season.“He showed me that he can handle that pressure without problems. He’s more of a winger, a No 10, but we are not going to buy a striker.”Share on: WhatsApp City pulls out of Sanchez deal, Man. United waitManchester, United Kingdom | AFP | Pep Guardiola has suggested Manchester City gave up on trying to sign Alexis Sanchez because of the player’s high wage demands.Sanchez looked set to leave Arsenal for the Etihad Stadium until Premier League leaders City ended their pursuit on Monday, leaving the way clear for second-placed Manchester United to move in.The Chile forward has agreed a four-and-a-half year contract at Old Trafford, worth a reported basic weekly wage of £365,000 ($506,000, 414,000 euros) with image rights and bonuses taking that above £500,000.City’s highest-earning players, by comparison, are on around £220,000 a week, and Guardiola did not feel that offering a significantly higher wage to a new signing would benefit the squad as a whole.It is understood the City manager was also unsure about bringing in Sanchez, whom he worked with at Barcelona, mid-season; having failed to secure a deal last August he would have preferred to wait until the summer, when the player’s Arsenal contract was set to expire.“In my time at Barcelona, my time at Bayern Munich and now here, I never pushed the club to say I want those players when the club believes and says that the price is too much,” Guardiola said Friday.“I respect that decision and I move forward to look for another solution because the stability of the club is the most important thing.”– ‘Spent a lot of money’ –Guardiola, whose table-toppers play Newcastle on Saturday, has spent heavily in reshaping City’s squad since his arrival from Bayern in July 2016.Last summer alone, he spent more than £200 million on five players, with around £120 million of that going on three full-backs, in Kyle Walker, Benjamin Mendy and Danilo.City’s Premier League rivals have also been willing to pay significant sums for high-quality players, though, with Liverpool buying centre-back Virgil van Dijk from Southampton for £75 million earlier this month, and Manchester United paying £89 million for Paul Pogba at the start of last season.
The Thunder meet TSS Academy U18 and Vancouver Island Wave Saturday before concluding the weekend Sunday against TSS Academy U17.The team just returned late last month from the Whitecaps Showcase Tournament in Surrey.Some of the players from the Surrey tourney were injured, reducing the numbers the Thunder has to draw from this weekend.Staff at Mallard’s Source for Sports would like to boast the girl’s confiedence with Team of the Week honours.The club that played in Surrey includes, back row, L-R, Soccer Quest coach Dave Spendlove, Erica Augsten, Tasha Haegedorn, Olivia Alexis, Hailey McLean, Laurel Sheriff, Taylor Stewart, Kelsey, Sarah Fuhr, Maddy Kamloops and Soccer Quest coach Jamie Spendlove.Front, Brynn Forsey, Brittany Wheeler, Andrea Stinson, Paige Mansveld, Ellie Haegedorn, Morag Paterson and Courtney Daley. The Soccer Quest Kootenay Thunder is at it again, heading to Burnaby to play in another Showcase Girl’s Tournament.The squad of players from throughout the West Kootenay region opens the tournament Friday at 11:30 a.m. against Mountain HPL at the Burnaby Lakes Soccer Complex.