Update on the latest sports
Home run champ activated for season debut
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Major league home run champion Luke Voit was activated from the 10-day injured list by the New York Yankees and was set to make his season debut against the AL champion Tampa Bay Rays.
The 30-year-old had surgery March 29 to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee and hit .389 with two doubles and three homers during an injury rehabilitation assignment. Voit batted .277 last season with 22 homers and 52 RBIs in 213 at-bats over 56 games.
New York first basemen hit .153 in his absence with three homers, 10 RBIs, 36 strikeouts and 17 walks.
Elsewhere in baseball:
—Mets ace Jacob deGrom resumed playing catch and plans to evaluate his mechanics after New York placed him on the 10-day injured list Tuesday with tightness in his right side. The two-time NL Cy Young Award winner was pulled from a game Sunday against Arizona, his first appearance after skipping a start due to discomfort in his right lat muscle. The 32-year-old got an MRI on Sunday night that showed no structural damage. Mets manager Luis Rojas said the team was unsure how the issue arose for deGrom, who is 3-2 with a major league-best 0.68 ERA along with 65 strikeouts in 40 innings.
— The Chicago Cubs have placed outfielder Jake Marisnick on the 10-day injured list and recalled reliever Brad Wieck from Triple-A Iowa. Marisnick is dealing with a right hamstring strain. He got hurt in the first inning of Sunday’s 6-5 loss to Pittsburgh. The 30-year-old Marisnick is hitting .264 with four homers and 14 RBIs in 27 games in his first season with the Cubs. He agreed to a $1.5 million, one-year contract in February.
Jordan Zimmerman retires
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Jordan Zimmermann has retired in his 13th season in the majors. The 34-year-old right-hander went 95-91 with a 4.07 ERA during a career that included two All-Star Game appearances with the Washington Nationals. He threw the first no-hitter in Nationals’ history in 2014.
Zimmermann was a key part of Washington’s rotation when the Nationals won NL East titles in 2012 and 2014. He finished seventh in the Cy Young Award balloting in 2013 and fifth in 2014.
Zimmermann made two relief appearances for the Brewers this season. He previously played for the Detroit Tigers.
Brewers, Bucks go to 50 percent
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers and Milwaukee Bucks are increasing the seating capacity at their home games to 50%.
The changes will take effect on different dates for each team.
Brewers officials say they’ll start filling half the seats at American Family Field on Saturday when the they host the Atlanta Braves. The Bucks won’t start allowing fans to fill half the seats at Fiserv Forum until the start of the NBA playoffs.
The Brewers had been allowing fans to fill 25% of the seats at American Family Field. The team’s home stadium, which was known as Miller Park until this year, has a seating capacity of 41,900.
The Bucks didn’t allow any fans into home games until mid-February. They worked their way up to 10% of the seating capacity and then increased the total to 18% on March 20.
Fiserv Forum going to 50% of capacity means the Bucks should have about 9,000 fans for each home playoff game.
MLB tells Athletics to explore relocation if no new ballpark
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Major League Baseball has instructed the Athletics to explore relocation options as the team tries to secure the new ballpark it hopes for to stay in Oakland.
MLB released a statement expressing its longtime concern that the current Coliseum site is “not a viable option for the future vision of baseball.”
A’s owner John Fisher said in a statement he will honor MLB’s instructions but remains committed to continuing to pursue the waterfront ballpark proposed for construction in the city’s Howard Terminal location, close to the popular Jack London Square neighborhood.
Famed Hawaii quarterback Colt Brennan dead at age 37
HONOLULU (AP) — Former University of Hawaii star quarterback Colt Brennan has died. His father Terry Brennan says his son died early Tuesday at a California hospital. He was 37.
Colt Brennan finished third in the 2007 Heisman Trophy balloting. He also had public struggles with alcohol.
Terry Brennan says he took his son to an emergency room over the weekend because he had been drinking and wasn’t doing well. But unbeknownst to his family, the hospital released him because the detox facility was full. His father says the former football star was unconscious when he was taken back to the hospital, where he died.
UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN-DOCTOR-SEXUAL ABUSE
Report: U. of Michigan missed chances to stop doctor’s abuse
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A report says staff at the University of Michigan missed many opportunities to stop a doctor who committed sexual misconduct against hundreds of patients over decades at the school.
The report released Tuesday by the WilmerHale firm comes more than a year after former students publicly accused the late Robert Anderson of molesting them. The university has acknowledged Anderson’s abuse but hired the law firm for a comprehensive review. Some university officials at the time took no action despite being aware of complaints. The report confirmed that, especially in the athletic department.
Anderson died in 2008.
HORSE RACING-MEDINA SPIRIT-BAFFERT
Baffert says ointment may have caused positive test
BALTIMORE (AP) — Trainer Bob Baffert says Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit was treated with an antifungal ointment containing the steroid betamethasone that may have caused the horse to fail a postrace drug test.
Baffert says Medina Spirit was treated with the ointment for dermatitis once a day leading up to the race and that experts have told him this could explain the test results. Baffert says the horse tested positive for 21 picograms of the substance, which would lead to a disqualification if upheld with another test.
Lawyer Craig Robertson says the plan is still for Medina Spirit to run in the Preakness on Saturday.