Sports Briefs

Posted: Friday, March 16, 2001

Seward spikers take borough title

Seward defeated Kenai to take the championship game of the 2001 Kenai Peninsula Borough Volleyball Tournament this past weekend at Nikiski Middle School.

In other action, Chapman topped Soldotna Silver for third place.

North Road wrestlers place well in Anchorage

The North Road Wrestling Club turned in some solid performances in a tournament hosted by the Anchorage Freestyle Wrestling Club Saturday at West High School.

Lincoln Johnson picked up a first place for North Road in pre-Bantam at 55 pounds. Getting seconds were Brando Wik in Midget at 65 pounds, Steven Hyatt in Schoolboy at 85 pounds and A.J. Duvall in Schoolboy at 100 pounds.

Finally, locking up thirds were Bo Riley in Bantam at 55 pounds, Richard Morgan in Novice at 75 pounds, Jason Moore in Novice at 100 pounds and Ronny Miller in Schoolboy at 75 pounds.

Fryman sent back to Cleveland for more tests

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. -- Travis Fryman's right elbow may be worse than the Cleveland Indians feared.

The All-Star third baseman has been sent back to Cleveland for further medical tests on the elbow, which has been hurting Fryman since the end of last season.

Fryman, coming off his most productive year, missed his second straight exhibition game and was in good spirits while working out on Thursday as he awaited results of an MRI taken Wednesday.

But after examining the MRI's findings, the Indians want Fryman to have a second exam on Friday at Cleveland's Lutheran Hospital.

''We can say it might be this, it might be that,'' Indians manager Charlie Manuel said. ''We don't want any mights, that's why we're getting a second opinion.''

Initially, the Indians said Fryman would be kept from throwing for a week and that his anti-inflammatory medication would be increased. On Wednesday, Fryman said he was concerned about his elbow but doubted he would need surgery.

However, the team's insistence he get more testing seems to indicate surgery is a possibility.

''I can't be any more disappointed because we don't know,'' Manuel said. ''There is no need to panic over anything unless they find something and then we've got to make some decisions. They (doctors) did tell us they think there is a problem, but they don't know what it is.''

Indians general manager John Hart said the first MRI didn't give the doctors a clear picture of Fryman's elbow.

''We couldn't get anything out of it at all,'' Hart said. ''Travis is down for 7-10 days and believe me, Travis wants to play now. But I just want to make sure.''

Fryman was one of the few Indians players who managed to stay healthy last season. He batted .321 with 22 homers and 106 RBIs and won his first career Gold Glove.

Fryman thought he had traced the elbow trouble to using a weighted bat during offseason workouts which may have strained a ligament. Fryman had been wearing a wrap on his elbow and didn't think there was much of a problem until he started bouncing throws to first base in the dirt during training camp.

''I'm a little concerned,'' Fryman said. ''The pain is on the inside of the elbow and that's where pitchers who have ''Tommy John'' surgery have pain.''

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