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The Journal Gazette

Thursday, May 18, 2017 1:00 am


Man dies after fall at Wrigley

Associated Press

CHICAGO — A man who struck his head after tumbling over a railing at Chicago's Wrigley Field has died.

The Cook County medical examiner's office says 42-year-old Richard E. Garrity of Wheaton was pronounced dead Wednesday at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center.

Authorities say Garrity fell over a railing after Tuesday night's game between the Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds. Police say he suffered head trauma from the fall.

The medical examiner has scheduled an autopsy for Thursday to determine the cause of death.

Yankees owner open to dealing

Given his team's fast start after jettisoning veterans last summer, Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner will consider adding players as the trade deadline approaches in July.

Steinbrenner said New York will not trade top prospects. In hindsight, he said he should have agreed to start the team's retooling earlier than last summer to open roster spots for catcher Gary Sanchez and right fielder Aaron Judge.

Speaking at the baseball owners' meeting, Steinbrenner said starting pitching has been a “pleasant surprise.” He cited rookie Jordan Montgomery, Michael Pineda and CC Sabathia.

Around the leagues

The Chicago Cubs have recalled right-hander Pierce Johnson from Triple-A Iowa and optioned infielder Jeimer Candelario to their top farm club. ... Indians outfielder Abraham Almonte will be out for at least three weeks with a strained right biceps. The club said an MRI revealed “a high grade” strain.