Unfortunate news to pass along, as Hall of Famer and franchise icon Yogi Berra will miss this afternoon’s Old-Timer’s day at Yankee Stadium as the result of injuries sustained during a minor fall at his home in Montclair, N.J. on Friday evening, reports Wallace Matthews of ESPNNewYork.com.
According to Dave Kaplan, director of the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center, the 85-year-old Berra tripped on his front steps and was taken to the hospital. While he didn’t suffer any broken bones, “his nose is pretty banged up,” according to Kaplan.
“He’s very disappointed as you can imagine,” said Kaplan. “He looks
forward to this day. And he’s sorry he can’t be there.”
Old-Timer’s Day has extra meaning this year, but the Yankees also plan to honor the 60th anniversary of the 1950 World Championship team, of which Berra was a part. According to Matthews, Berra’s family is putting together a statement to be read during this afternoon’s ceremony. Get well soon, Yogi.
Dodgers southpaw Clayton Kershaw is nearing his return to the mound, according to club manager Dave Roberts. Both Kershaw (left biceps tendinitis) and fellow lefty Rich Hill (left middle finger blister) are scheduled to toss simulated games on Saturday; depending on the outcome, Roberts says Kershaw could forgo a minor league assignment and slot back into the rotation by Thursday.
Kershaw, 30, was diagnosed with biceps tendinitis as the team closed out their Mexico Series at the start of the month. He has not made a start in several weeks, but was finally able to resume throwing on Sunday and managed to get through two successful bullpen sessions. Though Dodgers’ ace hasn’t been completely injury-free over his 11-year career in the majors, this is the first significant issue he’s had with his pitching arm so far. The team is expected to take every precaution with the lefty, and will likely limit him to just four innings during Saturday’s simulated game.
Prior to his injury, Kershaw was working on another dominant run with the club, sporting a 2.86 ERA, 2.0 BB/9 and 9.8 SO/9 through his first 44 innings of the season. While Kershaw, Hill and left-handed starter Hyun-Jin Ryu served their respective terms on the disabled list this month, the Dodgers utilized a combination of relievers Ross Stripling and Brock Stewart, both of whom impressed during their limited time in the rotation.