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BALTIMORE -- Johan Santanas comeback bid with the Baltimore Orioles ended Friday when the two-time Cy Young Award winner tore his Achilles tendon. The injury occurred in Florida while Santana was pitching in extended spring training. He was struck by a line drive before stumbling in pursuit of the ball. An MRI revealed a torn tendon. "The tendon is severed, and it will in effect end his season," Orioles vice-president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said. "I know the rehab is significant for these tendon injuries. Well have to get with him and speak to him. But he wont be able to pitch for the Orioles this season." The 35-year-old Santana has not pitched in the majors since 2012 with the New York Mets. The left-hander missed last season after undergoing his second major shoulder surgery, then signed a minor league contract with Baltimore in March. Santanas return appeared on course when the Orioles purchased his contract from Triple-A Norfolk on Monday and placed him on the major league disabled list. "He was pitching well," Duquette said. "The last time out he had his velocity and he was able to back-door his slider. I think he had eight strikeouts and no walks, so he was right on schedule. After (Friday), he was going to come up and join the major league team, and we were going to continue the rehab in (Double-A) Bowie." Now, however, Santanas future is up in the air. "The skills are there," Duquette said. "Hes been able to rehab his arm, but now hes got another challenge." Santana broke into the majors with Minnesota in 2000. He won both his Cy Young Awards with the Twins, going 20-6 in 2004 and 19-6 in 2006. He was traded to New York before the 2008 season and signed a $137.5 million, six-year contract. But injuries limited him to less than four full seasons on the mound with the Mets, and his record got progressively worse -- 16-7, 13-9, 11-9, 6-9. It was uncertain if Santana could return after his second shoulder surgery, but Duquette thought it was worth taking a chance. Now he and the Orioles are left looking for a Plan B. "Its unfortunate," Duquette said. "We were looking for Johans leadership and also his pedigree from being a winning pitcher. Now well have to look for that capability somewhere else. "I was looking at it like a midseason acquisition or trade. We invested in the rehab and we invested in the salary, and of course we wouldnt have had to trade a player. Unfortunately it didnt work. Sometimes you can plan and do things right, and they just dont work out." Nuova Maglia Juve Chiellini .com) - The Eastern Conference-leading Toronto Raptors are back in the great white north for a brief moment and will host the Dallas Mavericks Friday night from Air Canada Centre. Nuova Maglia Juve Ronaldo . They were expecting him there all along. The Pacers announced Friday night that George has been cleared "to return to normal basketball activity," a decision made three days after he was concussed in Game 2 of the Indiana-Miami series. http://www.magliajuvestore.it/maglia-ju ... kic.html.Y. - Alex Smith and the Kansas City Chiefs didnt flinch in the face of adversity. Maglia Juve Mario Mandzukic . "He came up to me and said, I want to train," said Toronto coach Ryan Nelsen. The 26-year-old midfielder is expected to play Saturday night when Toronto hosts D.C. United, returning to his Major League Soccer squad with mixed feelings about the Americans World Cup run -- sad that it ended when it did but proud of his teams performance. Maglia Chiellini Bambino . We wonder if the price of a Roberts rookie card has at least gone up a few cents? Tribute Tweets #Padres Tony Gwynn had 287 career plate appearances against #Braves trio of Maddux, Glavine, & Smoltz, he hit .FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith said after practice Saturday that he was pleased about the teams offence getting untracked Thursday night a 27-23 preseason loss at Baltimore, and just as happy about what -- or who -- is coming next. Pro Bowl tight end Tony Gonzalez is expected to participate Sunday morning in the Falcons final training camp practice, and play next week at Tennessee after missing the first two preseason contests and most of training camp with the permission of team officials. The 37-year-old Gonzalez participated in the first three days of camp after team officials coaxed him out of a brief retirement. "Tony will be participating as we stated earlier in training camp that he was going to play in the third preseason game," Smith said after the Falcons practiced for two hours in light right. "Were excited to have himm back on the practice field.dddddddddddd." The Falcons jumped out to a 23-7 lead against the Ravens before Baltimore won the battle of subs. Both the rushing and passing attacks were dramatically improved compared with their work in a 34-10 loss to the Bengals in their preseason opener. "I thought that the areas we needed to improve in we did. We wanted to improve our running game, and I thought we did that," Smith said. "Our offensive line did a nice job, the backs were outstanding in terms of making the right decisions . . . for that half anyway, it was good." Notes: Four-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Roddy White sustained an ankle injury in Baltimore, and Smith confirmed that White will not play at Tennessee. Hes not likely to play in the Aug. 29 preseason finale against Jacksonville as Smith typically does not play starters. ' ' '
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