From Comcast SportsNetNASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Detroit center Darren Helm will miss the rest of the playoffs after surgery to repair tendon damage in his right arm after being hurt in Game 1 against the Nashville Predators.The Red Wings announced Thursday that Helm had successful surgery Wednesday night to repair the tendons.Helm's right arm was sliced by the left skate of Nashville forward Alexander Radulov with more than 8 minutes left in the first period with the Red Wings on the penalty kill. Helm dropped his glove and skated immediately to the bench before being taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center.The center missed the last 10 games of the regular season after hurting a ligament in his left knee. He is a key player on Detroit's penalty kill unit.
CLEVELAND — “No, not right now,” Kyle Schwarber said without hesitation when asked if playing the outfield would be a possibility. The Cubs had just lost their first World Series game in 71 years, with Schwarber showing a minimal amount of rust for someone who hadn’t seen big-league action in more than six months.
Hitting with a brace wrapped around his surgically repaired left knee, Schwarber blasted a double off Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber and split his matchups against nasty lefty reliever Andrew Miller (walk/strikeout) during Tuesday’s 6-0 loss to the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field.
Schwarber keeps smashing all expectations, returning from a gruesome outfield collision that was supposed to keep him sidelined until winter ball — and then a return to the 2017 Opening Day lineup if everything went smoothly.
Manager Joe Maddon promised reporters that they would be surprised by how well Schwarber runs now. Schwarber estimated that video from his Arizona Fall League tune-up represented “about 50 percent” of what he could actually do.
So when the World Series shifts on Friday to Wrigley Field — where the designated hitter will no longer be an option — could the Cubs start Schwarber in the outfield?
“I have no idea,” Maddon said before Wednesday’s Game 2. “I just want to keep an open mind. But I could keep as open of a mind as I possibly can — it’s up to the doctors to say what he can and cannot do. I would imagine that him playing and coming in today feeling normal is a positive.
“(With) his play tonight — and then we have a day off tomorrow — we can probably reevaluate. I have no proprietary information regarding what a doctor really thinks about this.
“So if it’s brought up to us, and the doc thinks he can ... but I’ve not even asked that question yet to the doctor. We were just trying to get one thing done at a time.”
The Cubs will at least have Schwarber looming as a dangerous pinch-hitter who generated five home runs and a 1.308 OPS during last year’s playoffs. Everything from that clutch performance to his middle-linebacker build to his show-choir video from high school endeared him to Cubs fans.
Just showing Schwarber’s face on the Wrigley Field video board would get a reaction during a random game in the regular season, when he essentially acted like a cheerleader in the dugout. Now imagine him walking up to home plate in the World Series.
“The fans are going to go berserk,” Maddon said. “Our fans really appreciate how hard he worked to get back for this moment. Not everybody would have done that. That’s a tough injury to come back from — really tough — and to accelerate his recovery as much as he (did) speaks to him and the training staff. And I think our fans will appreciate that.”
The Illini are going back to the islands.
The Maui Invitational announced Wednesday the field for the 2018 edition of the annual college hoops event, and Illinois will be a part of the eight-team group, joining Arizona, Auburn, Duke, Gonzaga, Iowa State, San Diego State and Xavier.
The Illini will be playing in the event for the fifth time, previously playing in 1987, 2000, 2007 and 2012. Last time they were there in 2012 — John Groce's first season — they won the tournament. Three of the other teams in the field (Arizona, Duke and Gonzaga) are also past tournament winners.
In 2018, games will be played on Nov. 19, 20 and 21.
The 2018 edition of the Maui Invitational will also mark a first, with all eight participating teams being Division-I programs. Chaminade, the traditional host of the tournament, will only play in Maui in odd years moving forward, playing in preliminary games in even years.
The Big Ten has sent a representative to Maui every season but six since the event began in 1984. Wisconsin will be a part of the event this November, with Michigan State participating in 2017.