Bob Hunter commentary | Rumblings: Ex-Jacket Dorsett might be on way out with Rangers

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Derek Dorsett, a former Blue Jacket, may be on thin ice in New York, where the Rangers apparently have tired of the ill-advised penalties he has taken.

Dorsett might have a little time, however, because New York has several forwards injured and the team waived forward Aaron Asham on Monday. Dorsett had a “bounce-back” game Wednesday in a win over Washington after a forgettable performance Saturday at St. Louis, where he took three penalties without registering a hit.

Dorsett, 26, who came to the Rangers in a seven-player deal in April, has one goal and a team-high 32 penalty minutes this season. If New York moves him, his sandpaper style would doubtless be welcome on several teams, possibly even the Blue Jackets.

Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer seems to have as much distaste for the term redshirt as he does for Michigan.

Meyer and his coaches don’t recruit with the thought that a player will sit out his first season. Six games into this season, he has refused to declare that the freshmen from the 2013 class who have yet to play will redshirt, though he did say he won’t waste a year by throwing in a player for mop-up duty.

So far, the 11 freshmen who have played are running backs Dontre Wilson and Ezekiel Elliott; defensive linemen Joey Bosa and Michael Hill; defensive backs Vonn Bell, Gareon Conley, Darren Lee and Cam Burrows; linebacker Trey Johnson; punter Cameron Johnston; and receiver James Clark, who likely will gain a medical redshirt year after suffering a broken leg in his third game.

Several other big names in the ’13 class — linebacker Mike Mitchell, cornerback Eli Apple, quarterback J.T. Barrett, tight end Marcus Baugh and defensive end Tyquan Lewis — may be headed for redshirt seasons.

Former Ohio State receiver Doug Donley suffered “a mild heart attack” last weekend and is recovering in a Dallas hospital. Donley, 54, is owner and president of Advantage Golf Tournament Services in Addison, Texas. He played for the Dallas Cowboys from 1981 to ’84.

Donley’s mother, Grace, told The Daily Jeffersonian of Cambridge, Ohio, that her son “was very fortunate he didn’t suffer any damage to his heart.”

U.S. soccer forward Jozy Altidore planned to wear cleats honoring late Crew player Kirk Urso during the USA-Mexico game at Crew Stadium in September, but the striker didn’t play because of injury. He wore the cleats Friday, though, and scored a goal in the U.S.’s 2-0 win against Panama.

He wrote about wearing the cleats on ESPN.com: “I was able to wear my custom adidas boots that paid tribute to Kirk Urso, my old friend and former youth teammate,” Altidore wrote. “And the fact I was able to score our second goal of the match in a pair of boots I will never wear again made it even more memorable.”

Urso suffered cardiac arrest in 2012 and died at age 22.

After a 43-40 overtime loss to Penn State, Michigan coach Brady Hoke was peppered with questions about the poor performance of the offensive line and the conservative play-calling by coordinator Al Borges.

Michigan’s running backs carried 30 times for 28 yards. Of those 30 carries, 17 went for zero or negative yardage as Penn State totaled 11 tackles for loss for minus-44 yards. Hoke insisted he would not be spending more time with the offensive line in practice this week.

“I don’t need to do that,” he said. “I don’t need to do that. That’s some coach trying to think he’s a hero. That ain’t it.”

He also denied that Borges’ play-calling was conservative or that moving to a spread-option offense highlighting quarterback Devin Gardner’s running ability might solve the problem. Hoke didn’t think it would be a good idea to expose Gardner to more hits.

“Who’s going to play quarterback if he takes all these hits?” Hoke asked.

Like most of the Cleveland Indians’ potential free agents, pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez appears to be pointing toward voiding the club option of $8 million and testing the market. Given a relatively weak market for free-agent starters, it makes sense.

Hiroki Kuroda, Matt Garza and Jimenez would be among the best available, although Ervin Santana, A.J. Burnett, Tim Lincecum and Bronson Arroyo also could be available.

With Jimenez and Scott Kazmir both expected to walk — general manager Chris Antonetti told The Plain Dealer “we’d like to bring all our free agents back, but it sounds like they’re going to see what’s available out there” — the Indians will likely be in the market for at least one starter.

Justin Masterson, Corey Kluber, Zach McAllister and Danny Salazar are expected to fill four of the five spots in the rotation. If Cleveland loses Jimenez and Kazmir and doesn’t sign anybody, Josh Tomlin, Carlos Carrasco and Trevor Bauer are the top candidates for the fifth spot.

Former St. Louis manager Tony La Russa told the New York Post last week that he isn’t coming out of retirement to manage the Cincinnati Reds or any other team. “The managing thing is over,” said La Russa, 69.

Yahoo Sports columnist Pat Forde created a stir this week by noting that “Louisville tried to get Ohio State on the 2013 schedule and OSU’s choice to add San Diego State may haunt both of them,” a comment he eventually retracted.

Officials from both schools denied talking about a game this season, but Louisville apparently would like to talk.

“I talked to (Louisville athletic director) Tom Jurich,” school spokesman Rocco Gasparro told The Dispatch. “He said he hadn’t had any discussions with OSU, but he did say he would like to play Ohio State in the future.”

There are open dates on the 2017, 2018 and 2019 schedules released this week by Ohio State.

Bob Hunter is a sports columnist for The Dispatch.

bhunter@dispatch.com

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