Hincapie has quite a few personal achievements

MILWAUKEE — Toronto right-hander Kyle Drabek will undergo Tommy John surgery Tuesday and miss the remainder of the season. Patrick Willis Camo Jersey . Drabek felt a “popping sensation” in his elbow last week during an outing against the Washington Nationals. Preliminary tests showed Drabek suffered a torn ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) and a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews confirmed the diagnosis. The 24-year-old underwent the same procedure four years ago while a member of the Phillies farm system and required 13 months recovery and rehab before returning to the major leagues. In 13 starts this season, Drabek was 4-7 with a 4.67 ERA. Hes one of three Toronto starters dealing with injuries this season. “Based on the multiple evaluations, I think this was the only option,” Jays manager John Farrell said prior to Mondays game against the Brewers in Milwaukee. “In some ways, because of the extent of the injury, it was pretty much taken out of his hands and the proper road and the best course of action is to have the surgery done.” Drabek is only one of Torontos three ailing starters. Right-hander Drew Hutchinson will get a second opinion on his ailing elbow this week by Dr. Tim Kremcheck in Cincinnati. A third starter, right-hander Brandon Morrow, is on the disabled list with a strained rib cage muscle. Dwight Clark Jersey . The 21-year-old forward had 71 points (26 goals, 45 assists) and 106 penalty minutes in 62 games with the Ontario Hockey Leagues Niagara IceDogs this season. Frank Gore White Jersey . Suddenly, San Francisco is right back in the chase, and well before the All-Star break. Pablo Sandoval hit a two-run double and sacrifice fly to help Barry Zito end a three-start losing streak, and the Giants beat NL West-leading Los Angeles 8-0 on Monday night. http://www.sf49erssportsshop.com/patrick-willis-jersey/. The 30-year-old Calgary native has appeared in 136 career NHL games with Phoenix, Edmonton and Minnesota, recording 20 goals, 41 points and a plus-1 rating. Through 34 games with Abbotsford this year, Kolanos leads the club with 40 points (18G, 22A) and was chosen to participate in the AHL All-Star game this past weekend. Justin Smith Jersey . Matt Kemp has been out since May 30. Ethiers move was retroactive to June 28. The right fielder was batting .291 with 23 doubles, 10 home runs and 55 RBIs in 75 games this season. Kemp, who plays centre field, has been bothered by a recurring left hamstring problem. Carlos Rogers Super bowl Jersey . Knowing such good fortune was unlikely to last, Goodes put it out of his mind and finished Fridays opening round of the Principal Charity Classic nearly as well as he started it. LIEGE, Belgium — George Hincapie is the last American to wear the yellow jersey, and is about to accomplish something that no other rider has: start his 17th Tour de France. The 39-year-old rider has played a key role in nine Tours during 19-year career, including in all the seven races Lance Armstrong had won. On Saturday, when this years race starts in Belgium, the six-foot-three New Yorker will start the campaign to help defending champion Cadel Evans of Australia keep the yellow jersey they won together last year with the BMC Racing team. If he rides into Paris July 22 when the race ends, Hincapie will have finished 16 Tours, levelling the record, set by Dutchman Joop Zoetemelk, who finished the last of his 16 Tours in 1986. To put that into perspective, the 16 Tours plus the 14 stages Hincapie finished in 1996, amount to nearly 60,000 kilometres (37,282 miles) of cycling around France — or one-and-a-half times around the Earth. While riding onto the Paris Champs Elysees after three weeks of mountain climbs and speedy dissents around France, and beyond, is one Hincapies favourite career memories, he said finishing the Tour is never easy. “Its such a hard race. People dont understand what riders go through in three weeks of the Tour de France,” Hincapie said. “Theres so much suffering and pain involved that getting to the Champs is always a special moment.” The five-time Olympian will not compete in the London Games next month, but will likely ridee the USA Pro Cycling Challenge in August before retiring from the sport in autumn. Donte Whitner Womens Jersey. “I came to the conclusion that I want to go out while I can still contribute and make a difference,” Hincapie said earlier this month when he talked about his plans to retire. Hincapie became professional rider in 1994. He has raced his first Tour in 1996 — the only time he failed to complete the race. Its the first stage of his eighth Tour, in 2003, that is special for Hincapie because he met his wife, a Tour de France podium girl at the time. “The Tours brought me everything, my wife, my kids, my name, everything,” Hincapie said. Hincapie was Armstrongs longtime aide during the mountain stages of the Tour, helping him win each of his seven titles. He also helped Alberto Contador win the Tour in 2007 and was key in Cadel Evans win last summer. While hes most well known for being a faithful servant to other riders — in cycling, the term is gregario — Hincapie has quite a few personal achievements. He wore the yellow jersey for one stage during the 2006 Tour, making him the last American to have that honour. Hes won a stage in the Tour de France, and has been a constant threat in cyclings spring classics, winning Gent-Wevelgem in 2001 and finishing second at Paris-Roubaix in 2005. Hes also won Three Days of De Panne and the Tour of Missouri during nearly two decades of racing. Hincapie won national road race titles in 1998, 2006 and 2009. ‘ ‘ ‘

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