It seems that the injury bug has followed the Yankees into the 2020 season.On Wednesday, the Yankees announced that starter James Paxton would be out for three to four months after undergoing surgery on his back. Earlier today, LHP James Paxton underwent a microscopic lumbar discectomy with removal of a peridiscal cyst. The surgery was performed by Dr. Andrew Dossett in Dallas, Texas. His approximate timeline to return to Major League action is 3-4 months.— Yankees PR Dept. (@YankeesPR) February 5, 2020MORE: When is Opening Day 2020?The news is brutal for the Bombers and Paxton. The Yankees faced similar troubles early last season when Luis Severino was shelved early in spring training with a shoulder issue. Severino missed most of the season while nursing the injury but did make a few starts down the stretch.Paxton’s situation is different, for a number of reasons: He’s not dealing with an arm injury, for one. He’s also set to be a free agent after the season, which could absolutely hurt his value in the immediate.Here’s what you need to know about Paxton’s injury:James Paxton injury update— Paxton threw 25 throws from 60 feet on March 11 and all went well. The lefty said he felt pain free.— Should all proceed smoothly, Paxton will begin throwing on Wednesday, March 11. — On March 5, Paxton told reporters he would begin throwing work within the next week, potentially as early as Friday, March 7.— The Yankees on Feb. 6 announced that Paxton would be out for three to four months after undergoing surgery to remove a peridiscal cyst from his back.Earlier today, LHP James Paxton underwent a microscopic lumbar discectomy with removal of a peridiscal cyst. The surgery was performed by Dr. Andrew Dossett in Dallas, Texas. His approximate timeline to return to Major League action is 3-4 months.— Yankees PR Dept. (@YankeesPR) February 5, 2020The surgery includes making a small incision along the affected area of the spine, and removing bone and disc material that can protrude and press on sensitive nerve areas in the back. It is a rare type of cyst that affects discs in the spine (per Spine.org.)The cyst can cause back pain and leg pain, depending on where it’s located.This is especially unfortunate for Paxton, considering he is a free agent following the season and would likely miss time into June or later, depending on how much work he gets in after being cleared to throw.James Paxton injury historyPaxton has dealt with an unfortunate injury history throughout his career:2019: Dealt with a knee injury that sidelined him for a month during the season. Also dealt with a sore glute later in the year, but was day-to-day.2018: A back injury sent him to the disabled list.2017: Dealt with a strained pectoral muscle, landed on the DL.2015: Landed on the DL with a strained tendon on the middle finger of his throwing hand.2014: Had a lat strain that saw him spend time on the (then) disabled list.MORE: Gerrit Cole is safe, ‘special’ $324 million bet for YankeesYankees’ rotation without PaxtonAs it stands, the Yankees’ rotation is still solid even without Paxton. 1. Gerrit Cole2. Luis Severino3. Masahiro Tanaka4. J.A. Happ5. Open competitionBefore the injury, Paxton likely would have slotted as the No. 2 starter behind Cole, splitting up the righties at the top of the rotation. The Yankees have several in-house candidates to break camp with the team:— Deivi Garcia, top prospect who will make his major league debut at some point during 2020.— Jordan Montgomery, who returned from Tommy John surgery in 2019.— Michael King, a top prospect who also was injured in 2019.— Jonathan Loaisiga, formerly an MLB Top 100 prospect, could spend time in the bullpen this season.
UIW has one remaining league game Saturday at Central Arkansas, while most other Southland teams have two conference matchups left. Additionally, multiple three-loss teams are just behind the three league leaders. UIW’s final placement, with two or three losses, will be identical to other teams with the same number of losses, even though the other teams will have an additional win that reflects their nine-game schedule. In the Southland’s scheduling format, 10 of its 11 football teams play a nine-game schedule, while one team must play eight games. Since the schedule model was approved by the membership, Houston Baptist (2015 and 2016) and Incarnate Word (2017 and 2018) have served as the eight-game teams. HBU will return as the eight-game team in the 2019 and 2020 schedules. The clarification details Incarnate Word’s possible finish, and perhaps its opportunity to clinch at least a share of the Southland championship and its NCAA AQ, despite only playing eight conference games instead of nine like other teams do. UIW is currently tied for first place with McNeese and Nicholls, all 5-2 in the league standings. FRISCO, Texas – With two weeks remaining in its football regular season, the Southland Conference has clarified how the league may possibly determine its champion and NCAA automatic qualifier to the 2018 NCAA Division I Football Championship. Because all Southland teams do not play the same number of league games, the number of conference-game losses will be used to determine placement in its final standings. If Incarnate Word is the only remaining two-loss team at the end of the regular season, it shall be Conference champion and the recipient of the NCAA automatic berth. Further, UIW’s placement in the final standings shall be honored through any tie-breaking procedures necessary to determine the NCAA automatic qualifier.
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has extolled the government and people of Kenya for their selflessness in supporting Liberia in the fight of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).According to a dispatch from Nairobi, President Sirleaf was speaking at State House when she led a high-level delegation for bilateral talks between the two countries. President Sirleaf said Kenya indeed proved to be a true friend to Liberia when the East African nation sent medical staff to assist Liberia in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus disease. “You will always know your genuine friends when passing through tough times,” she told the Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and delegation, adding passionately, “Kenya stood with us when we were confronted. We will always remain indebted to you.”In his response, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said the State Visit by President Sirleaf provided an opportunity to rejuvenate the enormous potential between the two countries, build on a foundation of common values of mutual cooperation and interests.He said the level of engagement between Liberia and Kenya, particularly in trade, has been very low but holds much promise. As a manifestation of the two leaders’ commitment to forge closer cooperation, they signed an agreement for the establishment of a Joint Commission for Cooperation and a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Political Consultations.Acting Foreign Minister, Mr. Elias Shoniyin, signed on behalf of the government; while Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Amina Mohammed, signed for Kenya.Acknowledging the signing, President Uhuru Kenyatta said it will provide the necessary legal and political frameworks for enhancing mutual beneficial commercial, cultural and diplomatic exchanges. He challenged both countries and their delegations to “move with speed, identify potential sectors for cooperation and develop strong and sustainable frameworks in order to accrue tangible benefits for our citizens.”Meanwhile, both leaders also signed a Bilateral Air Services Agreement (BASA) to revitalize the air transport connectivity between the two countries. The Kenyan leader also singled out agriculture as one area where his country can share its experiences with Liberia. “Kenya,” President Kenyatta said, “can leverage its vast knowledge, particularly in the livestock sub-sector, to provide capacity building, share best practices in disease and pest control and cooperate in research and technology transfer.”President Kenyatta said Liberia, which is home to the second largest maritime registry in the world, has a wealth of experience in maritime affairs that Kenya could benefit from. He then thanked Liberia for its decision to join the World Trade Organization (WTO), the main decision-making body in the global trade system. “Kenya,” he said, “looks forward to working closely with Liberia and other African countries within the WTO to ensure that the needs of the continent are addressed.”Also making remarks during the bilateral talks, President Sirleaf said she was in Kenya to attend the WTO meeting and to make her country’s voice heard at that world body. She conceded that the time was ripe for Liberia and Kenya to explore new areas of engagements to benefit their citizens. Madam Sirleaf cited great strides Kenya has made especially in the education sector, adding that this is one area of cooperation Liberia was keen to develop. Kenya, she observed, has excelled in providing quality education to its young people and as such Liberia intends to borrow a leaf from Kenya.Later, President Kenyatta and First Lady Margaret Kenyatta hosted a luncheon in honor of the visiting Liberian Head of State and high-powered delegation at State House, Nairobi. In a related development, President Sirleaf and delegation were later taken on a guided tour of the flower farm at Karen on the outskirts of the capital, Nairobi, and the Kazuri Beads Project. The flower farm exports natural flower to several industrialized nations including the United States and Germany. The Kazuri Beads Project aims to empower women through sustainable employment opportunities. The project began as an initiative by Lady Susan Wood and two African women and soon discovered that there were many other women in villages around Nairobi, most of who were single mothers, who were in great need of regular employment. Driven by the desire to provide such opportunities, Kazuri has grown and today has a large workforce skilled in the manufacture of handmade jewelry. Kazuri Beads is specialized in the design and production of pottery ware, which reflects the culture and wildlife of Kenya.Meanwhile President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf was presented Kenya’s highest award – Chief of The Order of The Golden Heart of Kenya (CGH) – at a colorful ceremony held at State House in Nairobi, Kenya. She was given the topmost Kenyan award at an Investiture Ceremony following elaborate celebrations marking the East African country’s 52nd National Independence Anniversary, in ardent recognition of her enormous undertakings in both private and public life spanning over national and international careers.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)