Ben Martin to play in Web.com tournament
Greenwood native Ben Martin will play today in the Web.com Tour’s BMW Charity Classic at Thornblade Club in Greer. Martin tees off on Hole No. 1 at 12:10 p.m. at Thornblade. He will play today and Friday at Thornblade and Saturday and Sunday at The Cliffs Valley in Travelers Rest.
The tournament marks Martin’s return after rehabbing a back injury that has previously kept him out since January. This weekend’s tournament is the first of five Web.com Tour rehab starts for Martin.
Panthers’ new facility coming to SC
ROCK HILL — David Tepper has promised to build a “world class” NFL practice facility in Rock Hill, South Carolina.
However, the Carolina Panthers owner offered no new details Wednesday on when or where construction will begin.
Tepper was in Rock Hill with several South Carolina politicians, including Gov. Henry McMaster, for the ceremonial signing of the Professional Sports Team Incentive Act of 2019, which provided a $115 million tax break for the Panthers to move their headquarters to the area.
Tepper has not yet purchased land in Rock Hill, but says “this is going to be showcase down here and bring people to the region.”
Giants place Posey on injured list
NEW YORK — The San Francisco Giants have placed All-Star catcher Buster Posey on the 10-day injured list with a right hamstring strain.
The team announced the move before a game Wednesday night against the New York Mets.
Posey injured his hamstring running out a grounder Saturday, and his IL stint is retroactive to then. San Francisco called up catcher Aramis Garcia to back up Stephen Vogt on Sunday and had carried three catchers this week hoping Posey could return soon.
Mets activate Canó from IR
NEW YORK — The Mets have activated All-Star second baseman Robinson Canó from the injured list.
Canó was set to bat third for New York against the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday night. He’s been out since May 22 with a strained left quadriceps.
Canó said Sunday he hoped to be active for the series opener Tuesday, but he was held back an extra day.
Acquired last offseason from Seattle, Canó is hitting .241 with three homers and 13 RBIs for New York. He has been criticized for failing to hustle on a few groundball outs this season, then was injured running hard on a groundout.
Carrasco out with blood condition
CLEVELAND — Indians starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco will be sidelined indefinitely because of a recently diagnosed blood condition.
Cleveland said Carrasco had been feeling lethargic for weeks, and he is taking a leave of absence to “explore the optimal treatment and recovery options.” Carrasco had been scheduled to start Wednesday’s game against Minnesota before he was placed on the injured list.
Carrasco is the third Indians starter sidelined this season. Corey Kluber has been out for more than month with a broken right arm, and Mike Clevinger is nearing a return after being out since early April with a strained back muscle.
Browns release left tackle Harrison
BEREA, Ohio — The Browns released left tackle Desmond Harrison, who started eight games as a rookie last season.
Harrison was let go Wednesday, a day after coach Freddie Kitchens said the 25-year-old “missed a flight or something” and wasn’t at mandatory minicamp. Harrison was signed as an undrafted free agent last year from tiny West Georgia. He became a surprise starter for the Browns, who had to fill a major hole on the left side following the retirement of perennial Pro Bowler Joe Thomas.
Harrison started the first half of the season before he was replaced by Greg Robinson, a former No. 2 overall pick. Robinson kept the job and did a nice job protecting quarterback Baker Mayfield. He’s expected to start for Cleveland again this season.
Blue Jays select Halladay’s son in draft
NEW YORK — Toronto has selected Florida high school pitcher Braden Halladay, a son of the late Roy Halladay, in the 32nd round of the Major League Baseball draft — the round matching his father’s Blue Jays uniform number.
The younger Halladay is a right-hander like his famous father, who will be posthumously inducted into the Hall of Fame next month. Roy Halladay won 203 games and two Cy Young Awards over 16 big league seasons with the Blue Jays from 1998-09 and Philadelphia Phillies from 2010-13.