August 6, 2015 |
TRENTON - The hardest part of the rehabilitation process, Chase Utley said, is staying patient. The 36-year-old second baseman has been on the disabled list since June 23. "Obviously, you want to be out there," Utley said Tuesday night after playing in a rehab game with double-A Reading. Utley played in the field for six innings. It was his first action at second base since June 20. His right ankle, which sent him to the DL after becoming inflamed, did not appear to be a hindrance.
August 4, 2015 |
In his first rehab outing, Phillies second baseman Chase Utley went 2 for 3 with a walk as a designated hitter for the triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs in a 4-0 loss Sunday to visiting Norfolk. Both hits were singles. Utley, who is hitting .179, was placed on the disabled list June 23 with right ankle inflammation. Over his last five games he was 2 for 20. "Overall, the ankle is feeling the best that it has felt all year," Utley said in statements distributed by the IronPigs. Utley thought he fared well at the plate.
August 4, 2015 |
JUST DAYS after being dealt to the Phillies from the Rangers in the Cole Hamels trade, Matt Harrison seems to be settling in with his new ballclub. The 29-year-old veteran lefthander could be seen chatting intently in the clubhouse yesterday with outfielder Jeff Francoeur, catcher Cameron Rupp, starting pitcher Aaron Harang, and even former slugger Pat Burrell, who was in town for Phillies Alumni Weekend. However, Harrison's relationships with his new teammates will be strictly off the field for the foreseeable future, as he has been placed on the disabled list due to lower-back inflammation.
August 1, 2015 |
Aaron Harang was supposed to drive the Pennsylvania Turnpike's Northeast Extension on Thursday morning and pitch in Allentown. The plan called for Harang to make a rehab start with triple-A Lehigh Valley before joining the Phillies. But the team's plans were expedited. Harang was in the majors - not the minors - Thursday. The righthander's opposition was not the triple-A Yankees, but the major-league Braves, whom he stymied for five innings in a 4-1 win. Despite no rehab start, he looked fit as he allowed one run. Harang had been sidelined since July 1 with plantar fasciitis, which caused a stabbing pain in the bottom of his left foot.
July 24, 2015 |
CHASE UTLEY is not a candidate to move to a new team before Major League Baseball's trade deadline, which arrives a week from tomorrow, on July 31. He hasn't played in a game in a month while rehabbing from a right ankle injury, and he's been mired in a funk at the plate for more than a year. But during his current hiatus, Utley might have found a flaw in his swing that was related to his injury. If he returns within the next couple of weeks, and shows something offensively, Utley could potentially move to a new team before Sept.
July 22, 2015 |
Eli Kulp, one of America's most promising chefs, stepped into the quiet car of Amtrak Train 188 on May 12 and saw a new text message on his phone - a photograph. Kulp, who reinvented Fork and created High Street on Market in Philadelphia, has a 3-year-old son, Dylan, who loves trains. The boy loves Thomas the Tank Engine in particular, and Eli, like so many fathers, can name most of the Thomas & Friends characters. His favorite is Gordon, the big engine, since Eli is 6-foot-4, weighs 220 pounds, and is known in his Old City restaurants as "the Viking.
July 17, 2015 |
LAS VEGAS - If you look at the highs and lows of Pierre Jackson's short NBA life too quickly, you might get the bends. He was selected 42nd overall by the 76ers two years ago, only to be traded to the New Orleans Pelicans in the deal that got the Sixers Nerlens Noel. He spent the season in the NBA Development League, averaging 29.1 points a game. He then was brought back by the Sixers after his lone season and joined their Orlando Summer League team. Seven minutes into his first game, he ruptured his Achilles' tendon on a non-contact play.
July 7, 2015 |
ATLANTA - Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said he thinks injured righthanders Jerome Williams (hamstring) and Aaron Harang (plantar fasciitis) could go on rehab assignments just after the All-Star break and might pitch again in the majors before the July 31 trade deadline. Harang is still able to throw, Amaro said, so his comeback could require less pitching rehab. Amaro said veteran starter Chad Billingsley's struggles are predictable as the righthander figures out how to get big-league hitters out with altered weapons.
June 16, 2015
PITTSBURGH - Lehigh Valley manager Dave Brundage called Domonic Brown into his office Saturday afternoon. He asked the outfielder how he was feeling. Brundage told Brown he was out of that night's IronPigs lineup. The manager wanted Brown to get better mentally and physically. The triple-A manager left his office. Brown was left a bit confused. The team's strength and conditioning coach then told Brown that the manager wanted to see him again. "Then I knew something was up," Brown said.
June 11, 2015 |
Whatever the disconnect between Earl Wolff and Chip Kelly over the safety's recovery from knee surgery, the only opinion that counts in terms of the player's future with the Eagles is the coach's. And right now, Kelly has made it quite clear that he believes Wolff should be practicing. "He's been cleared from Dr. [James] Andrews a couple weeks ago," Kelly said on Tuesday, "but it's what he can tolerate. " Wolff had a different interpretation. "He didn't clear me to come out here and be 100 percent," Wolff said of Andrews, the orthopedic surgeon who has been the go-to guy for pro athletes' injuries.