Syracuse center Paschal Chukwu out indefinitely following surgery to repair torn retina

first_imgUPDATED: Dec. 17, 2016 at 3:29 p.m.Paschal Chukwu missed Syracuse’s game against Georgetown after undergoing surgery to repair a torn retina in his right eye. After Syracuse’s 78-71 loss to Georgetown, Jim Boeheim said Chukwu will be sidelined for “definitely a long time.”Against Holy Cross on Nov. 15, an errant pass from Syracuse point guard John Gillon hit Chukwu in the eye and the center wore sport goggles against Monmouth three days later as a preventative measure.The 7-foot-2 Chukwu has played in seven games this season, averaging 1.7 points and 4.1 rebounds per game. Jim Boeheim has repeatedly stressed that the Providence transfer is a work in progress, especially on offense, but his ability to alter shots is what has earned him playing time in his first year eligible for the Orange.After a scoreless seven minutes against Wisconsin on Nov. 29, Chukwu didn’t play against North Florida or Connecticut. He returned to the rotation against Boston University last Saturday, scoring four points, grabbing three rebounds and blocking three shots in SU’s 99-77 win.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSU will honor the late Syracuse great Pearl Washington during Saturday’s game against the Hoyas, with Washington’s fiancée, mother and a handful of former teammates in attendance. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 17, 2016 at 10:50 am Contact Matt: mcschnei@syr.edu | @matt_schneidmanlast_img read more

Angels’ Tyler Skaggs enjoying healthy, successful start to season

first_imgANAHEIM — At the intersection of health and experience, Tyler Skaggs is enjoying the best extended stretch of work in his career.Heading into his ninth start of the season, on Thursday, Skaggs has posted a 3.07 ERA and he’s pitched 44 innings, tops on the team.“It feels good,” he said. “If you look at my career before I got over here and had Tommy John, I didn’t miss a start ever. It feels good and normal. It feels like what I’ve always done.”Since the Angels acquired Skaggs in the winter before the 2014 season – reacquiring a player they drafted and then traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks – Skaggs has enjoyed a few good months. Mostly, his successes have been interrupted by injuries or ineffectiveness. Clippers, Mavericks brace for the unknown in Game 4 Skaggs had had a good start to his season while pitching in a rotation that has been in flux, with the order often jumbled as they try to give the starters extra rest and work in Shohei Ohtani, who is on a different schedule.“It would be nice to have a set schedule, but there’s nothing I can do about it,” he said. “The team is pitching well right now. That’s all that matters.”Sign up for Home Turf and get 3 exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here. Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros With the injuries behind him, he’s working on a run of consistently strong performances. He said part of his success is attributable to the development of his changeup – a new pitch this year – and a two-seam fastball.“The curve and the four-seamer have always been there,” he said. “If you’re two-dimensional, they have a 50-percent chance of being right. I think once I started throwing the changeup, it’s opened up a lot of avenues for me.”Skaggs has thrown his changeup 10 percent of the time, but hitters are batting .143 against it. They are hitting .177 against his two-seamer, which he’s thrown 15 percent of the time. Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros center_img He missed almost two entire years – from August 2014 to July 2016 – rehabbing from Tommy John surgery and a subsequent shoulder injury.Skaggs, 26, hasn’t had an arm injury since, having missed time last year with an oblique injury.Related Articles Mike Trout, with bat and glove, helps Angels end losing streak Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more