Dodgers tweak roster...Gregorius will need Tommy John surgery...Biles is ready
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Left-handed pitcher Julio Urias is joining the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 25-man roster for the NL Championship Series against the Milwaukee Brewers, which begins tonight in Milwaukee. The Dodgers made no other changes to their roster, going with 12 pitchers and 13 position players.
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Yankees say star shortstop Didi Gregorius will need Tommy John surgery on his right elbow after injuring himself during the AL Division Series. The team said in an unexpected announcement that surgery has not yet been scheduled. Manager Aaron Boone is optimistic Gregorius will spend most of next season with the club, but the team will know more after surgery. The Yankees say he was hurt making a throw after a ball bounced off the left-field wall in Boston during Game 1 or Game 2. The Red Sox eliminated the Yankees in four games.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Jimmy Butler was not with the Minnesota Timberwolves for their Friday morning shootaround in Milwaukee, a few hours ahead of their preseason finale. Butler has demanded a trade but returned to practice with the team on Wednesday, a session that featured the disgruntled star verbally challenging teammates and coaches. Coach Tom Thibodeau said today that Butler was not suspended and was doing conditioning work in Minneapolis. As for whether he would play in the season-opener next week, the coach said: “The situation remains fluid.”
DALLAS (AP) — Dirk Nowitzki’s debut in his record 21st season with the Dallas Mavericks won’t be in the opener. Coach Rick Carlisle says the 40-year-old Nowitzki will miss “multiple weeks” with a longer-than-expected recovery from left ankle surgery in April. The Mavericks open the season Wednesday in Phoenix.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Olympic gymnastics champion Simone Biles is ready to take on the world again. The four-time Olympic gold medalist and three-time world all-around champion headlines the six-woman group Team USA will send to the 2018 world championship in Doha, Qatar later this month. The world championships are the first international meet for Biles since the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.