Rougned Odor Wasnt Surprised By Demotion - RealGM Wiretap
Rougned Odor wasn't surprised that the Texas Rangers sent him to Triple-A Round Rock earlier this week.
"I was swinging at a lot of bad pitches Sinan Kurt Bayern Munich Jersey , I know that," said Odor, who was hitting .144 at the time of the demotion. "I was not like me. I didn't feel like me. I wasn't hitting good. I kind of knew they might [demote him]. They sent me down and now I'm going to work. I don't want to get mad because if I do, I'll block myself from getting better."
Jon Daniels and the Rangers expect Odor to once again become the confident player who "played with an edge" last season.
Odor, 21, hit .259.297.402 in 417 plate appearances in 2014.
Joe Girardi CC Sabathia Is Staying In Rotation - RealGM Wiretap
CC Sabathia insists that he is healthy, but his 5.65 ERA has raised questions about his future with the New York Yankees.
Joe Girardi tried to downplay any doubts, stating that Sabathia will remain in the rotation.
"You are asking me a question, I just walked in here from two minutes ago, we played the game," Girardi said. "He is a starter for us. That's what he is and that's what we are paying him to do and that is what he is going to do."
Right-handed hitters have a .924 OPS against the left-hander this season.
"It comes down to mistakes," Girardi said. "It comes down to there has to be consistency in pitches and, right now, he is missing location."
Sabathia, who turns 35 next month, is owed $25 million for next season.
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Visger said his memory began fading in 1982. During his brief Sebastian Rode Bayern Munich Jersey , injury-shortened career playing for the 49ers, he said, a jarring tackle caused a concussion.
It was the culmination of a life using his head -- to tackle -- that almost killed Visger. His is one of several cases of ex-NFL athletes struggling with memory loss, depression and sudden, frightening bouts of rage. Experts believe the reason for the brain damage is concussion.
Visger said he believes he had hundreds, maybe even thousands, of concussions from Pop Warner to the pros. Scientists have spent years explaining the symptoms Visger and others suffer by examining the brains of athletes after they die, but methods for detecting concussion in living athletes are becoming more sophisticated.
At the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Kevin Guskiewicz is leading a study of 3,000 ex-NFL players. A small fraction of those players have undergone imaging technology to peer deep into the brain, down to the nerve cells, to try to explain their cognitive problems.
The technique is called diffusion tensor imaging. It is a measurement of how well neurons, the brain's information messengers, are connected to one another in the brain. If the neurons travel unfettered, it indicates a healthy brain. When the flow is disrupted, it may indicate damage.
"We look for regions where there may be deranged or disrupted fibers," said Guskiewicz, the research director at the Center for the Study of Retired Athletes at UNC Chapel Hill. "We are led to believe that in regions where that are occurring Robert Lewandowski Bayern Munich Jersey , there may be swelling, there may be scar tissue. That piece we don't know yet, but what we're finding in these retired pro football players, especially those with high concussion history, is they tend to have these problems of connectivity."
The regions that appear to be most disrupted in the 41 retired players studied thus far are the same regions that are damaged in early Alzheimer's disease patients.
In a previous study, Guskiewicz and colleagues found that retired NFL players with a history of three or more concussions are more likely to experience clinical depression and mild cognitive impairment, which is an early hallmark of Alzheimer's disease. Visger is afraid of more than mild cognitive impairment. He fears that he is on the same grim path traveled by several other ex-NFL athletes.
"I have felt myself slipping, getting worse year to year," said Visger, who has had nine brain surgeries since his concussion in 1982. "I'm terrified. Guys are committing suicide left and right and I am starting to go down the same path some of these guys are going down. [Former Pittsburgh Steelers player] Mike Webster was living homeless in car. He died a horrible death."
Webster is one of the several ex-players whose demise is believed to be related to concussion. He died of heart failure after several long bouts with depression. Late NFL player Andre Waters committed suicide in 2006 at age 44, while former players like Justin Strzelczyk and Terry Long also died young after long bouts with depression.
A growing chorus of ex-players has said they believe that the NFL is not doing enough to address concussion, and during recent hearings, Congress joined that chorus.
Ex-players' anger -- and fear -- is bolstered by evidence emerging from posthumous studies of athletes' brains. They reveal brown tangles peppered throughout the brain tissue of former NFL players. Experts say the tangles, called chronic traumatic encephalopathy or CTE and found in players as young as in the 30s or 40s, resemble what might be found in the brain of an 80-year-old with dementia.
The NFL has refuted scientific studies revealing brain damage in ex-players, until recently."One rose does not make a summer," said Dr. Joseph Maroon, neurosurgeon for the Pittsburgh Steelers and a longtime member of the NFL's medical committee on concussions. "Initially there were a couple of isolated case reports suggesting this may be a significant problem for football akin to b.