Strasburg is scratched from start

Kings guard Kevin Martin will miss at least eight weeks because of a hairline fracture on his left wrist.
Kings guard Kevin Martin will miss at least eight weeks because of a hairline fracture on his left wrist. (Bill Haber/associated Press)
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Saturday, November 7, 2009

Stephen Strasburg, the Washington Nationals' No. 1 overall draft pick this June, was scratched from Saturday's scheduled start in the Arizona Fall League Rising Stars game because of a strained muscle in his neck, the team said Friday.

According to a Nationals spokesman, Straburg's condition is day-to-day, and he is expected to pitch again before the AFL schedule is completed Nov. 19.

Strasburg, a 6-foot-4 right-hander, is 3-1 with a 5.28 ERA in four starts for the Phoenix Desert Dogs, with 17 strikeouts and five walks in 15 1/3 innings.

His injury occurred while he was sleeping; he awoke and felt soreness in his neck. He was seen by a doctor and was diagnosed with a strained muscle. The Nationals are expecting Strasburg to be back on the mound within a few days.

In other Nationals news, the team declined its $10 million option on outfielder Austin Kearns and are paying a $1 million buyout. The 29-year-old Kearns hit only .195 with three homers and 17 RBI in 174 at-bats this season, when he was hampered by a thumb problem. . . .

Manny Ramírez decided to stay with the Los Angeles Dodgers, and baseball's trade market sprang to life with a pair of swaps two days after the World Series.

Rather than become a free agent, Ramírez exercised his $20 million option.

The Chicago White Sox acquired Mark Teahen from the Kansas City Royals for infielders Josh Fields and Chris Getz and cash, and Minnesota obtained shortstop J.J. Hardy from Milwaukee for outfielder Carlos Gomez, one of the players the Mets sent to the Twins in the Johan Santana deal.

Two pitchers were blocked from becoming eligible for free agency when teams exercised their 2010 options. Cliff Lee, who beat the Yankees twice in the World Series, gets a $9 million salary from Philadelphia next year. Brandon Webb, the 2006 NL Cy Young Award winner, receives $8.5 million from Arizona.


A New Mexico soccer player has become an Internet celebrity for the wrong reasons.

Junior defender Elizabeth Lambert was suspended Friday for her infractions the day before during a 1-0 loss to Brigham Young in a Mountain West Conference semifinal. Lambert is seen in video from the game throwing elbows, colliding with several players and then yanking the ponytail of a BYU player, who went crashing to the ground.

"My actions were uncalled for," Lambert said in a statement released by New Mexico. "I let my emotions get the best of me in a heated situation."

The focus of the highlights is more on Lambert's physical play, especially her takedown of BYU's Kassidy Shumway by grabbing her ponytail and pulling her backward. . . .

Oklahoma State wide receiver Dez Bryant told ESPN that he will enter the NFL draft next spring.

"I feel this is the best decision for me," Bryant said, according to the network. "It's what God wants me to do. I'm going to start my training Tuesday in Tampa."

The NCAA announced Thursday that Bryant's final appeal to be reinstated this season had been denied.


Sacramento Kings leading scorer Kevin Martin will be sidelined for about two months after deciding to undergo surgery on his injured wrist.

The team said that Martin will have the operation on his left wrist on Monday and is expected to miss at least eight weeks. Martin has a non-displaced hairline fracture of the navicular bone in his wrist.

Martin is averaging 30.6 points a game for the Kings. . . .

-- From News Services

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