Injury report: Fresno

The Dickies Bullfighters come to the aid of Ty Pozzobon on Friday night. Photo by Andy Watson /


  • Ty Pozzobon was one of three riders who did not compete on Saturday night due to injuries suffered in Round 1 of the Table Mountain Table Casino Invitational.
  • J.B. Mauney is scheduled to undergo a MRI this week on his left hand.
  • Mauney is not expected to compete in next week's Built Ford Tough Series event in Nampa, Idaho.

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FRESNO, Calif. ― Ty Pozzobon was one of three riders, including Sean Willingham and Billy Robinson, who were unable to compete on Saturday in Fresno, Calif., because of injuries sustained a night earlier during the opening round of the Table Mountain Casino Invitational.

Pozzobon was involved in a vicious wreck with a long-round bull named Coyote 20.

The 22-year-old from Merritt, Canada, said he was stepped on several times – helmet, facemask, collarbone and chest – and knocked unconscious. After being carried from the arena on a backboard he was soon sitting up in the sports medicine room and never needed to be transported to a local medical facility.

On Saturday, he was “a little tired” and complained of a sore rib on his back left side.

Pozzobon said it’s made him nervous knowing how concerned his friends, family and fellow riders were following the wreck.

“The head is the only thing I worry about,” he said. “A broken arm or something like that will heal on its own.”

He’s officially listed as questionable for next week’s event in Nampa, Idaho.

However, when asked what he thought his chances of competing next week were, he replied, “I’ll be ready, for sure.”

Unlike Pozzobon, Brent Chaffin was transported to a local hospital for further evaluation.

Chaffin sustained a concussion when his head collided with the horn of BIG TEX “ROCKS” in the second round on Saturday night at Save Mart Center.

Dr. Tandy Freeman, who is traveling back to Dallas on Sunday, spent all night with Chaffin.

However, an official medical update from Freeman has not yet been released.

Gage Gay aggravated a left shoulder (free arm) injury he sustained in Albuquerque, N.M., during his second-round ride on Slap Happy. Gay scored 86.5 points, but was unable to compete in the Built Ford Tough Championship Round.

Gay said he was fine when he kept his free arm down, but the pain became unbearable once he needed to lift it up above his shoulder in Round 2.

He is questionable for Nampa.

Reigning World Champion J.B. Mauney said his days of switching to his right hand are effectively over.

“Nope, never again,” he said, after bucking off Cool Moe Dee in Round 2 on Saturday night. Mauney injured his left hand Friday night and will have an MRI this week before consulting with Freeman.

Mauney is not expected to compete in Nampa while Freeman determines the extent of his injury.

The 27-year-old had previously made a switch to his right hand a few years ago and successfully made the whistle on two short-round caliber bulls – Gunpowder & Lead and Bad Blake – but said he’s “retiring from riding right-handed.”

Saturday night, he borrowed Willingham’s rope and couldn’t get his hand out.

Mauney joked afterward that he failed to ask Willingham for the combination to the lock. After winding up underneath Cool Moe Dee, Mauney said he had no choice but to “play dead.”

The Mooresville, N.C., native was returning to competition in Fresno after being out one week with a sprained ankle sustained in Tacoma, Wash.

Chase Outlaw sprained his pelvis (pubic symphysis) and right SI joint along with straining his right groin (adductor brevis) during the second round. Outlaw said he might have caught a knot, which stretched out his right leg, and he immediately felt a pop.

He is doubtful for Nampa.

Robinson did not compete in Round 2 after aggravating a left groin (hip adductor) strain sustained a week earlier, while Willingham opted out of the 15/15 Bucking Battle after aggravating a jaw injury that he suffered in Albuquerque.

Both of them are questionable for Nampa.

Willingham said he’ll have his jaw re-examined by Freeman this coming week. A local physician, in Georgia, originally said there were no breaks or fractures.

Brady Sims sustained a concussion when his head collided with Western Hauler in the championship round. He is probable for Nampa.

Keith Roquemore, a late addition to the draw after Jory Markiss was injured when he was hit in the chest with a horn at a practice pen in Texas, sustained a concussion when his head hit the ground as he was thrown from Attitude Adjustment in the second round.

L.J. Jenkins and Kody Lostroh competed throughout the weekend, but are considered questionable for Nampa.

On Sunday, Jenkins was leaning towards taking a week off to allow his shoulder an opportunity to heal after separating it a week earlier during a hang up in Albuquerque. Jenkins only committed to riding in Fresno after learning he had drawn Bushwacker in Friday night’s 15/15 Bucking Battle.

Lostroh has missed nine of 13 events with two fractures in his riding hand and went 0-for-2 this weekend.

When asked if he would be in Nampa, the 2010 World Champion replied, “I guess so.”

He bucked off Harlem Shuffle on Friday night, and while he feels confident in his new tape job – designed to keep his wrist from bending all the way back – he said he wasn’t prepared for the sudden pain felt when the bull lunged from the chute.

He said he will work to mentally train himself not to react to the pain, but, unfortunately, Saturday’s result was much the same as Friday’s.

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FORT WORTH, Texas ― Throughout his professional career, Kody Lostroh is known for being one of the most fundamentally sound bull riders when it comes to the mechanics of riding the rankest bulls in the world.

Of course, he’s also wildly regarded for having won the 2009 world title.

The 28-year-old can also be described as being quite inventive.

Just as he did five years ago when he battle through a right elbow injury that wound up hurting his shoulder on the same arm, the Colorado native has been at home working on developing a new taping technique that will allow him to compete this weekend despite two fractured bones where his right hand meets his wrist.

“I’ve been trying different ways of taping it that would keep it from bending back all the way, but would still let it bend back far enough to ride," he wrote in a text message. 

Lostroh has missed nine of 12 events this year because of the injury.

The 10-year veteran said he was “getting tired of watching,” so he took matters into his own hand—literally. 

He’s visited two different doctors and the factures were not even diagnosed for several weeks. After being told the injury would not require surgery and would only need six weeks to heal, last week, Lostroh said it didn’t feel any better than it did six weeks earlier.

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In addition to the new taping, he’s also been undergoing an ultrasound treatment.

“Found a way that felt like it would work, so I got on a bull," he wrote. "Still hurt quite a bit, but not so bad that I couldn’t ride. Figured I might as well go try it out.”

Unfortunately, hand injuries have proved problematic for riders.

Several riders including J.W. Hart, Ross Coleman and Brendon Clark and others have had their careers affected by various hand injuries.

Lostroh is currently ranked 46th in the world standings. He’s never finished outside the Top 30 and never actually finished outside of the Top 20 when competing for a full season.

He previously had no known return date before he was surprisingly added to this week’s draw in Fresno, Calif.

The year he won the gold buckle and the $1 million bonus, Lostroh developed his own unique way of taping his elbow when, in fact, the injury ultimately required surgery the following season. 

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FORT WORTH, Texas ― Two World Champions – reigning titleholder J.B. Mauney and Kody Lostroh (2009) – are set to return to competition this weekend in Fresno, Calif., along with a pair of invitees — J.W. Harris and Guytin Tsosie.

Robson Palermo will also be returning to the Built Ford Tough Series.

Mauney missed last week’s event with an injured right ankle.

He said the swelling has gone down and that he’s looking forward to competing in the BFTS event as well as the 15/15 Bucking Battle, where he drew Meat Hook. Lostroh is a surprising addition to the draw a week after he indicated his injured riding hand hadn’t gotten any better in the past six weeks.

On Tuesday evening, Lostroh Tweeted, “Back in action this week at Fresno!”

Lostroh, who is using the first of five injury exemptions, has missed nine of 12 events this year and slipped to 43rd in the world standings. He would also have five World Champion exemptions if needed.

Mauney dropped back a couple spots after last weekend and is now ranked 6th, but with such a rank bull pen in Albuquerque, N.M., – the riders collectively covered 25 percent – he’s still only 1,187.81 points off the pace being set by Guilherme Marchi, who is vying for his first title since winning it all in 2008.

Palermo is returning after missing time due to a pulled left groin, which followed a left hamstring injury earlier this year.

Unfortunately, Stormy Wing is a late scratch from the draw.

The Dalhart, Texas, native has been dealing with a strained right groin in recent weeks, but was not specific when doctoring out with a right shoulder injury.

He would have been in the 15/15 Bucking Battle and is being replaced by Cody Nance.

L.J. Jenkins will headline the 15/15, which will be broadcast Saturday afternoon on CBS at 1 p.m. ET, in a matchup with Bushwacker.

The matchups include:

Guilherme Marchi vs. Maverick
Joao Ricardo Vieira
vs. Stone Sober
Fabiano Vieira vs. Hustle Up
Valdiron de Oliveira vs. Long John
Mauney vs. Meat Hook
Marco Eguchi vs. RMEF Team Elk
Emilio Resende vs. Hair Trigger
Sean Willingham vs. Shepherd Hills Tested
Nance vs. Tea Time
Gage Gay vs. I’m a Gangster Too
Silvano Alves vs. Rango
Palermo vs. Tarantino
Kasey Hayes vs. Deerango.

As expected, Willingham and Gay are competing despite being unable to finish last week’s event because of injuries.

Austin Meier and Brenton Chaffin are in the event draw after winning a pair of Touring Pro Division events last weekend.

Pistol Robinson, who missed last week with a wrist injury to his riding hand, is returning to action, while Harve Stewart, Jory Markiss, Lachlan Richardson, Jordan Hupp and Jay Miller are competing as alternates for the 13th event of the season.

Fresno marks the midway point of the 26-event season, which concludes in October with the annual World Finals, in Las Vegas.

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. ― Seven of the top bull riders in the world – Gage Gay, L.J. Jenkins, Billy Robinson, Ben Jones, Sean Willingham, Eduardo Aparecido and Justin Robards – were unable to finish the Ty Murray Invitational this weekend because of various injuries.

Gay bruised his neck and left shoulder (free arm) and also sprained his left shoulder(type 1 AC sprain) when he was hooked while being thrown from Corpus Red during the second round. He was originally listed as probable, but after going 0-for-2 in the first two long rounds he opted to sit out Sunday’s final long round and is probable for next week’s Built Ford Tough Series event in Fresno, Calif.

“I feel pretty bad right now,” Gay said. “I just feel like I’ve been beat all to heck.”

The 19-year-old also added that he’s never been hit as hard as he was Saturday night.

“Nothing’s broke and my shoulder has a slight separation in it, but not big enough to make a difference and I should be good for Fresno,” Gay said. “They just told me to let the swelling go down in my neck because that’s really what’s bothering me and they’ll work on me next week when I get to Fresno.”

The rookie called it a “crazy” weekend.

For the first time in his career, Gay hung a spur in his rope on Friday night, and he said that Saturday night he “about got (his) head knocked off.”

Jenkins and Robinson missed out on the Built Ford Tough Championship Round after being injured in Round 3.

Jenkins strained his right shoulder (riding arm) and rotator cuff when he got hung up on Fully Loaded, while Robinson strained his left groin attempting to ride American Hustle. Jenkins is questionable for next week and Robinson is probable.

Two others – Renato Nunes and Matt Triplett – were injured on Sunday as well.

Nunes strained his right hamstring when his spur hung in his bull rope as he was bucked off by Tea Time, and Triplett competed in the championship round despite sustaining a concussion when his head hit the ground while being thrown from Sucker Punch during Round 3.

Aparecido, who started the weekend with a bruised left elbow and shoulder (riding arm) along with a strained left hip adductor, was scratched from Sunday afternoon’s third round due to a left shoulder contusion/sprain sustained in Round 2 on Saturday night at The Pit. He is questionable for Fresno.

Jones and Willingham withdrew after the opening round on Friday night.

Jones sustained a sprained neck in Round 1 when he landed on his head after being thrown from his opening-round bull, Raven Flyer. He was transported to UNM Medical Center for diagnostic testing and was in attendance Saturday night. He remains questionable for Fresno, and he is scheduled for a follow-up appointment with Dr. Tandy Freeman on Wednesday.

Willingham is out with a series of injuries that include a broken right foot, possible broken jaw and a lacerated chin that was stitched in the training room after being struck by Spotted Velvet’s horn in Round 1. He is questionable for Fresno.

Justin Robards, who separated his lower left ribs during his Round 1 ride attempt on Dirt Devil, competed in Round 2 before withdrawing from Round 3 on Sunday afternoon. Josh Birks sustained a small laceration and a contusion of his nose when he was hit by Memphis Blues’ horn in Round 2 and was fortunate enough to finish the event.

Zane Lambert returned to competition after being out for multiple events due to a right ankle sprain sustained in Kansas City, Mo.

Other top riders atop the ever-growing list of riders that are dealing with injuries on the BFTS  includes J.B. Mauney (sprained right ankle), Robson Palermo (left groin) and Pistol Robinson (sprained wrist and riding hand). All three missed the Ty Murray Invitational and are probable for Fresno.

Mauney confirmed on Sunday via text message that he’ll be in Fresno.

“Swelling is going down,” wrote the defending World Champion.

Mike Lee was out this weekend with a torn meniscus in his right knee. He is scheduled for surgery on Tuesday and is expected to return to competition in Nampa, Idaho.

Claudio Crisostomo is out with a left clavicle fracture for which he underwent surgery last week. He is expected to return to competition in six weeks.

There is no timetable for a return for Kody Lostroh. The 2009 World Champion remains out with a strained extensor tendon of his left thumb (riding hand) and sprained left wrist that he suffered in Chicago. He is also dealing with two small fractures.

Nathan Schaper is out three to six months with a broken left leg he suffered after being stepped on by Bushwacker in Anaheim, Calif., which required surgery and the placement of a rod in his tibia.

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Reese Cates is out for six months with a right shoulder dislocation that required surgical stabilization last week. 

Shane Proctor has been out of competition following surgical reconstruction of an unstable left shoulder in January.

Like Schaper, Proctor is expected to return to competition in time for the stretch run of the BFTS following the fast-approaching summer break.

A number of riders continue to compete with injuries that are regularly treated in the training room prior to and throughout each BFTS event.

Among the riders being treated are Stormy Wing (strained right groin), Ty Pozzobon (strained right hip adductor and a sprained right wrist), Ryan Dirteater (torn posterior cruciate ligament graft in his reconstructed left knee and a bruised right forearm/elbow), Jory Markiss (torn posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee), Marco Eguchi (bruised right elbow and right shoulder), Silvano Alves (right shoulder separation), Chase Outlaw (torn ligament in his left elbow and a right shoulder sprain/strain), Douglas Duncan (sprained left hand) and Nunes (unstable right shoulder).

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FORT WORTH, Texas ― Four riders from the Top 25 – Mike Lee, J.B. Mauney, Claudio Crisostomo and Nathan Schaper – will be missing from this week’s Built Ford Tough Series event in Albuquerque, N.M., and another trio – Justin Robards, Josh Burks and Brant Atwood – will be in the draw after winning Touring Pro Division events last weekend.

The draw for the Ty Murray Invitational will be made official Wednesday when it’s posted at

Lee, currently ranked second in the world standings, is out after injuring his leg while preparing to attempt a practice bull earlier this week.

Mauney, ranked fourth in the world, is out after spraining his right ankle and is expected to return to competition next week in Fresno, Calif., while Crisostomo, currently 15th, is hoping for a return in Nampa, Idaho, after undergoing a surgical procedure today to repair a left clavicle fracture. Schaper is out with a broken left leg sustained in Anaheim, Calif., that required surgery with placement of a rod in the tibia.

Robson Palermo is currently listed in the draw for this weekend’s event. Early Tuesday, he said his injured groin is doing well. However, he is expected to get on a practice bull later Wednesday or early Thursday before confirming his place.

Palermo, who is currently ranked 13th, said his leg is sore and a bruise is still visible, but indicated he felt no pain. He said if everything goes well with the practice bull he would be in Albuquerque or otherwise would wait another week before returning in Fresno.

UPDATE: Robson Palermo not to compete at Ty Murray Invitational

He added that he had been working with a physical therapist Monday through Friday and also said, “I’ve been using my leg.”

This week’s draw will feature one invite – Guytin Tsosie – in addition to the Top 35 riders in the world.

Tsosie, who is from Farmington, N.M., is the reigning International Indian Finals Rodeo champion and previously competed at the BFTS in 2010 and again in 2011. He has ridden a bull in each of his two previous appearances.

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PHOENIX ― Andrew Cashner is the projected opening day starter for the San Diego Padres when they host the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday, March 30.

The former first-round pick of the Chicago Cubs has been spectacular in two appearances in spring training, including a scoreless four innings Monday afternoon against the Colorado Rockies—which came just 36 hours after he left a downtown hospital in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Cashner, who met seventh-year Built Ford Tough Series veteran Reese Cates just three days earlier, was at the event Saturday night when Cates landed awkwardly on his elbow. The 25-year-old from El Dorardo, Ark., dislocated his right shoulder – the second time it’s happened – and in the process broke a few bone fragments as well.

Cates was transported to a local hospital in order to have his shoulder reduced. The process took nearly three hours and physicians needed Chase Outlaw to lie across his chest in the emergency room as they maneuvered one last time to get his shoulder in place.

Upon being released, he was surprised to find Cashner in the waiting room three hours later at 1:30 a.m.

“I tell you what,” Cates said, “I sure am a San Diego Padres fan.”

Cashner, a Texas native and longtime fan of the PBR, befriended Cates last week when the 2008 PBR Rookie of the Year threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

Cashner and a few teammates attended the opening round of this past weekend’s event with the idea that they were going to spend time with Cates and Outlaw afterward. No one imagined it would be in the waiting room of a hospital.

While the rookie players needed to return to their housing complex prior to curfew, Cashner waited.

He and a couple of the other players were not the only Padres on hand Saturday night.

Omar Minaya, senior VP of baseball operations for the Padres, was also at US Airways Center and said that he brought “10 new PBR fans” with him that night.

Minaya first discovered the PBR in 2008 when he attended a BFTS event in New York at Madison Square Garden with his children while he was then the general manager of the New York Mets.

In Phoenix, Minaya watched the Bass Pro Chute Out from above the chute area with his players.

“First of all, this is just good family fun,” Minaya said. “As a general manager of a team, at times, you look for toughness and these guys are the ultimate tough guy—a lot of courage.”

Cates plans to watch Cashner in-person this coming season.

He said his pre-op appointment with Dr. Tandy Freeman is scheduled for this coming Monday afternoon and indicated the surgical procedure will take place that Tuesday or Wednesday.

Cates is expected to miss six months before returning to competition in September.

In the meantime, he’ll probably read a book Cashner, who rehabbed from 2011 rotator cuff surgery, recommended called “The Secret,” by Rhonda Byrne. The book’s overview states it is an “incredible revelation that will be life-transforming for all who experience it.”

When pressed for more info, Cashner said he couldn’t reveal the secret and that “it’s different for everyone. You just have to read it.”

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FORT WORTH, Texas ― Less than a year after giving away five homes to wounded military veterans, and just three months shy of when they hope to give away two more at the annual J.W. Hart PBR Challenge in Decatur, Texas, J.W. Hart and his Touring Pro Division committee members – Andrew Rottner, Calvin Jackson and Wendell Berry – were in nearby Arlington this past Sunday, where they gave away yet another home.

This time the recipient was Quentin Gallow, who was at THE AMERICAN along with his wife Brittany and two children Jaden, 1, and Leilani, 3 months.

Gallow is a Purple Heart recipient after being shot in the chest by a sniper. He and his family live outside of Houston in Beaumont.

Hart and his fellow committee members have been working closely with retired Lt. Gen. Leroy Sisco, who is the CEO of Military Warriors Support Foundation, which buys foreclosed homes from local banks throughout the country and then donates them to wounded veterans after they return home.

According to Sisco, the foundation purchases the homes valued in upwards of $250,000 for $25,000, which the J.W. Hart PBR Challenge raises through various ongoing fundraisers throughout the year.

Berry has been the catalyst for the Hart event with his 1,000 Miles Til Home fundraiser. He’s already run more than 670 miles since September 2013 and one difference from a year ago is that he’s recruited more than 120 teams to do the same.

Unlike Berry, most people run far less than 1,000 a year, but the avid fitness guru, who also happens to train several of the Brazilian bull riders at Wise County Fitness, said that shouldn’t stop groups of potential runners from teaming up to combine for 1,000 miles in a calendar year.

Hart’s annual event has raised more than $500,000 in the past decade, which they’ve donated to various charities in Wise County. This year’s J.W. Hart PBR Challenge is scheduled for May 31, 2014.

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