Cubs strike two-year deal with outfielder Scott Hairston
January 23, 2013 11:37PM
Updated: February 25, 2013 12:46PM
Multiple sources reported Wednesday that the Cubs agreed to terms with free-agent outfielder Scott Hairston on a two-year contract, pending a physical. Financial terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.
Hairston, a right-handed hitter, figures to platoon with left-handed-hitting Nate Schierholtz in right field. David DeJesus is expected to play center and Alfonso Soriano left.
Hairston, 32, hit .263 with a career-high 20 home runs and 57 RBI last season for the New York Mets.
Seau’s family sues league
The family of longtime NFL linebacker Junior Seau sued the league, claiming his suicide was the result of brain disease caused by violent hits he suffered playing football.
The lawsuit, which was filed in San Diego, blames the NFL for its ‘‘acts or omissions’’ that hid the dangers of repetitive blows to the head. It says Seau developed chronic traumatic encephalopathy from those hits and accuses the NFL of deliberately ignoring and concealing evidence of the risks associated with traumatic brain injuries.
Seau died at 43 of a self-inflicted gunshot in May. He was diagnosed with CTE, based on posthumous tests, this month.
Wolves blanked in Peoria
The visiting Wolves (19-14-3-2) were shut out for the first time this season in a 2-0 loss to the Peoria
Rivermen. Jake Allen made 27 saves, and Andrew Murray and Brett Sonne scored for the Rivermen.
Illinois hires OL coach
Illinois coach Tim Beckman hired Jim Bridge as offensive line coach. Bridge had spent the last six seasons at North Carolina State.