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David Wright to have rotator cuff surgery

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Last week Mets third baseman David Wright terminated his rehab assignment a couple of days after it began when he experienced renewed soreness in his right shoulder. He went back to New York to be examined. The results are in and they are bad: Wright will undergo surgery in New York on Tuesday to repair his right rotator cuff.

Wright has been limited to just 75 games over the past three seasons. He’s under contract through 2020, and is owed a total of $47 million over the final three years of his deal. It’s looking increasingly likely, however, that he will not play much if any of that time. The human body can only take so much.

Sheldon Ocker named winner of the 2018 J.G. Taylor Spink Award

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The Baseball Writers Association of America has named Sheldon Ocker the winner of the 2018 J.G. Taylor Spink Award. He will be honored with the award that is presented annually to a sportswriter “for meritorious contributions to baseball writing” during Hall of Fame inductions in Cooperstown on July 29.

Ocker began covering the Indians for the Akron Beacon Journal in 1981 and did so until 2013, when he retired. He was national president of the BBWAA in 1985 and served as chair of the Cleveland Chapter 11 times. He named Ohio Sports Writer of the Year in 1997 and 2000 by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.