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SportShorts for Tuesday, April 23, 2019


MRI on deGrom’s elbow comes back clean

An MRI on New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom’s right elbow came back clean, general manager Brodie Van Wagenen told reporters on Monday.

The Mets placed deGrom on the 10-day IL retroactive to April 16 after the NL Cy Young Award winner reported a sore right arm.

DeGrom could make a start as soon as Friday against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Yankees’ Judge, Rockies’ Freeland placed on IL

Aaron Judge won’t be back with the New York Yankees anytime soon.

Judge went on the injured list for the third time in four seasons on Sunday, 1 day after he strained the oblique muscle on the left side of his abdomen while hitting a sixth-inning single against Kansas City.

The Colorado Rockies
placed left-hander Kyle Freeland on the 10-day injured list on Monday with a blister on his left middle finger.

Freeland (2-3) threw six scoreless innings last Thursday against the Philadelphia Phillies, but left after 85 pitches because the blister started forming on his finger.

LHP Gonzalez granted release from Yankees

Gio Gonzalez was granted his release from his minor-league deal with the New York Yankees on Monday.

He is now a free agent.

González stood to earn a $3 million salary if the Yankees elect to add him to the 25-man roster, with additional bonuses of $300,000 pending each start he makes after that. He allowed 10 runs and six walks with 19 strikeouts over his first 15 innings at Triple-A this year.

Gonzalez fired his agent,
Scott Boras, late last week and hired CAA Baseball.


League reaches
multiyear TV deal
with CBS Sports

The WNBA and CBS Sports announced a multiyear partnership on Monday in which CBS Sports will televise 40 of the league’s games per season.

The league’s new season tips off next month as the Seattle Storm try to defend their championship. The Storm will have six appearances this year.

On May 25, the Minnesota Lynx and the Chicago Sky will face off to begin CBS Sports’ WNBA coverage.


Earnhardt Jr.’s mother dies after cancer battle

Brenda Jackson, mother of Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kelley Earnhardt Miller, died at age 65 after a battle with cancer, JR Motorsports announced Monday.

Jackson was a longtime employee of JR Motorsports, joining her son’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race team as an accounting specialist in 2004. The company grew into a full-time NASCAR racing operation in 2006 and a championship-winning organization in 2014.

Along with a 15-year career with JRM, Jackson also was one of four children to legendary NASCAR fabricator Robert Gee, who built cars for a number of drivers, including Dale Earnhardt.

Brenda Gee and Dale Earnhardt married in 1972.

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