Howard has surgery ...Pacers guard out indefinitely... Chavez inks deal with Texas Rangers
WASHINGTON (AP) — Wizards center Dwight Howard is expected to miss two to three months after undergoing spinal surgery to relieve pain in his glutes. Washington says Howard underwent a lumbar microdiscotemy today in California and would be re-evaluated in two to three months. Doctors determined a herniated disk was causing Howard’s gluteal pain and nerve irritation. Howard had missed the last five games after aggravating the injury.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo (OH’-lah-dee-poh) will be out indefinitely as he tries to recover from a sore right knee. He has missed six straight games with the injury and the Pacers are 3-3 without him. The former Indiana University star leads the team in scoring with 21.4 points per game. He is also second on the Pacers in assists and rebounds after winning the NBA’s steals title last season.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos have promoted rookie pass rusher Jeff Holland from their practice squad and waived inside linebacker Alexander Johnson. The 5-6 Broncos, who visit the 5-6 Bengals on Sunday, juggled their linebacking corps with Shaq Barrett sidelined with a hip flexor. He was hurt against Pittsburgh last week and is expected to miss two to four weeks.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Right-hander Jesse Chavez has finalized an $8 million, two-year contract with the Texas Rangers, returning to the team that traded him to the Chicago Cubs last July. The 35-year-old was 5-2 with a 2.55 ERA and five saves in 62 relief appearances with the Rangers and Cubs last season. He was second in the majors among relievers with 95 1/3 innings.
CHICAGO (AP) — Reliever Alex Colome (KAHL’-oh-may) was acquired by the Chicago White Sox from the payroll-shedding Seattle Mariners on Friday for catcher Omar Narvaez. Colome has 96 saves in six seasons with Tampa Bay and Seattle, earned $5.3 million this year and is eligible for salary arbitration. The 29-year-old right-hander was an All-Star in 2016 and became the first Rays pitcher to lead the league in saves in 2017 with 47.