Brett Lawrie sprints from Toronto mall after shooting


A shooting at Toronto’s Eaton Centre Mall early Saturday evening left one dead and seven injured, according to Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie was at the scene, tweeting:

Pretty sure someone just let off a round bullets in eatoncenter mall .. Wow just sprinted out of the mall … Through traffic …

People sprinting up the stairs right from where we just were … Wow wow wow

This is crazy. … I hope everyone is ok …

This is serious .. Oh my god

Rattled right now

The mall was evacuated and shut down after the incident. Police are still looking on the hunt for the shooter.

The Toronto Globe and Mail has continuing coverage.

Jharel Cotton to undergo Tommy John surgery

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Athletics right-hander Jharel Cotton will undergo Tommy John surgery, per an announcement on Saturday. Cotton initially experienced some elbow soreness during a Cactus League start earlier this week and was officially diagnosed with a strained ulnar collateral ligament and strained flexor muscle on Thursday. He’ll be out of commission until 2019 at the earliest.

This isn’t the first time Cotton has dealt with elbow issues. According to’s Jane Lee, he had screws inserted in his right elbow after sustaining a stress fracture in 2013 and suffered some minor elbow discomfort again last fall. Prior to his diagnosis, the 26-year-old was poised for his third run with the A’s in 2018. He pitched his first full season with the club in 2017, turning in a 5.58 ERA, 3.7 BB/9 and 7.3 SO/9 in 24 starts and 129 innings.

Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle adds that the team is open to adding pitching depth this spring, though they’ll wait to see if the price goes down on some free agents first. Barring that, right-handed long reliever Andrew Triggs could be tabbed to fill the fifth spot in the rotation.