Black Stars duo; Rabiu Mohammed and Jonathan Mensah will delay their arrival to the Ghana camp due to club commitments.The Ghana duo are expected to feature for Evian Thonon-Gaillard in the finals of the French FA Cup against Bordeaux on May 31.This means Mensah and Rabiu will be unable to join the Black Stars team until after the final game of the French season.Reports from the Ghana News Agency however say the players have notified Ghana FA officials of this situation and are now expected to join the Black Stars camp on June 3.The players will travel first to Ghana after the French Cup final to connect to a flight to the Black Stars’ training camp in Ethiopia.This also means the duo will not train with the side until four days to Ghana’s crucial World Cup qualifier against Sudan in Khartoum. Rabiu is expected to play a key role for the Roses as he has all-season-long in the finals of the French FA Cup to be played in Paris.Same can however not be said of Mensah who has missed most part of Evian’s campaign in Ligue 1 through injury.
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Urias has thrown a total of 5 2/3 innings in two Cactus League appearances.“I’ve said since the beginning of spring, I’m fighting for a spot in the rotation,” Urias said through an interpreter Monday morning. “It seems this is the way they are managing me and I have to respect that.”The fact that he hasn’t been able to build his pitch count this spring or get many innings in games does not deter Urias.“This is baseball. You don’t know what is going to happen,” he said. “There are still three or four starts to go (in spring). You hope everyone stays healthy, first and foremost, but you really don’t know what can happen. I’m going to try to win a spot in the rotation.”Roberts is doing nothing to dissuade Urias, although the Dodgers seem to be lined up to open the season with a rotation of Clayton Kershaw, Kenta Maeda, Rich Hill, Brandon McCarthy and Alex Wood, with Hyun-Jin Ryu, like Urias, waiting in the wings. GLENDALE, Ariz. — Dodgers manager Dave Roberts will not close the door on Julio Urias opening the season with the Dodgers.But the calendar is doing it for him.Urias returned to camp Monday morning after fighting strep throat the previous three days. The 20-year-old left-hander said he felt weak for a couple days because the soreness and swelling in his throat made it difficult to eat. But antibiotics and his mother’s prescription — gargling with a mixture of apple cider vinegar, salt water and lime — have him feeling better.Urias was scheduled to go through a light workout Monday and throw a bullpen Tuesday with the Dodgers off Wednesday. Before falling ill, Urias was scheduled to throw three innings in a minor-league game Tuesday. That gets pushed back now, putting Urias even farther behind the rest of the candidates for the season-opening rotation — most of whom have stretched out to five innings in their most recent starts. “I think it would be unrealistic to say he’d start the season built up completely,” Roberts said Monday. “So the door’s not closed. But to say he would be built up to 100 pitches is probably unrealistic.“It just kind of goes to — which we’ve told Julio — there’s a certain amount of innings and we’re just trying to figure out a way to get those innings when it matters most. All the games matter, I get that. But we’re still trying to navigate it with Julio.”The Dodgers have not specified Urias’ innings limit this season, but a target of around 150 seems reasonable – he threw 127 2/3 last year between the majors and Triple-A, postseason included. In order for this year’s 150 to include a postseason run, though, the Dodgers need to put the brakes on Urias early.“Fair or unfair, right or wrong, that’s a luxury we do have,” Roberts said. “When McCarthy’s healthy, Alex (Wood) is throwing the ball the way he is and Kenta’s healthy and Kersh and Rich – we have the depth in our starting staff. So to curtail or monitor Julio’s innings as we’ve done is obviously prudent.“But we don’t want to make a decision right now because we all know things change on a daily basis when a guy takes the ball. We’re trying to keep that window open. Julio has bought in and there’s a trust there. It’s not easy, but there’s really no right or wrong way to handle this. He’s a special player.”Ethier examOutfielder Andre Ethier was scheduled to undergo an MRI to try to identify the cause of persistent stiffness in his lower back. Ethier was limited for most of two weeks before playing Friday and Saturday. But his back tightened up again Sunday morning and he was scratched from the lineup that afternoon.Ethier said he is not concerned about what the MRI might show, calling it a “precautionary” step to help the Dodgers’ training staff put together a treatment plan.“We’ve taken steps as far as we can and we just need to find out where we are and what we can do to give me relief for more than just a day or two,” Ethier said. “It’s a thing where if it’s the season I’d keep playing and find a way to get through it. But we’re not there.”