June 18, 2014 |
ATLANTA - To Ryne Sandberg, he was a respected peer. To Larry Bowa, he was a manager's dream. To Tony Gwynn Jr., he was simply, "Dad. " The Phillies joined the baseball world in mourning the passing of Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn yesterday, while at the same time moving to fill an opening on their bench as Gwynn Jr. left the team to return home to San Diego and was placed on the bereavement list. The organization had been aware that the elder Gwynn was in grave condition. Bowa, who managed Gwynn for a year and a half with the Padres, said Gwynn Jr. told his teammates during a road trip last month that his father's cancer, which originated in his mouth, was not responding to treatment.
June 12, 2014 |
Too often, Mike Adams said, he has heard somber news from a doctor about his right shoulder. "I was already planning for the worst based on history and how my shoulder was feeling," Adams said. "But getting those results back . . . I'm optimistic again. " There is no damage to Adams' rotator cuff, the part of the shoulder that required surgery last July. Still, the Phillies righthander will require a cortisone injection later this week in an effort to strengthen the area around his labrum, which is fraying, according to an MRI examination.
June 6, 2014 |
Amid the chaos of Stacy Brandt's childhood, books were her only friends. "Harry Potter saved my life," the author, 23, says. "I read those first two Harry Potter books over and over. It's how I learned to write. " Her self-published memoir, Things I Learned (available through stacybrandt.com) is about a different magical 'friend' of the most sinister sort: Heroin. "It turned me into a person I never thought I would be," Brandt says from Millville, N.J., where she has been clean and sober since Feb. 20, 2013, after an overdose.
May 18, 2014 |
When Frank ONeill's heart was failing, what saved his life was a heart transplant. But what improved his quality of life and the strength of his peripheral muscles before his transplant was an individually tailored exercise program that he paid for out of pocket - $300 for six sessions - at Lankenau Heart Institute, part of Main Line Health. Now, for the first time, Medicare will cover cardiac rehabilitation programs for patients suffering from "stable, chronic heart failure," according to a February decision memo from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
May 11, 2014 |
She's already completed a half-dozen real estate development projects, and Sheila Dragon is just getting started. "Nicole Curtis, watch out!" Dragon said, referring to her television inspiration, the host of the DIY Network reality show Rehab Addict , who rescues historic houses. Dragon is one of a small but growing number of female developers in the Philadelphia area. Working for many years as a home stager through her West Chester-based company Dragon Design, she realized she was increasingly overseeing renovations and architects, completing the sales process from start to finish but not being paid for the end result.
April 18, 2014 |
Cole Hamels will pitch Thursday in Clearwater and is expected to join the Phillies rotation next week in Los Angeles. "I'm optimistic about that," manager Ryne Sandberg said. Hamels is recovering from left biceps tendinitis. It delayed his spring-training work and kept him sidelined since the start of the season. He last pitched in a rehab start Saturday in Clearwater, when he threw 67 pitches. Assistant general manager Scott Proefrock called Hamels' return against the Dodgers a "distinct possibility.
April 14, 2014 |
Ryne Sandberg said Phillies righthander A.J. Burnett, who left Friday night's game after 41/3 innings with soreness in his groin, will be tested on Monday. The manager did not specify the type of test. When asked before Saturday's win over the Miami Marlins how Burnett felt the day after the injury, Sandberg said: "Similar to last night. " Burnett threw 106 pitches and said the discomfort was off and on but was more constant in the fifth inning. Sandberg said that long reliever Jeff Manship and triple-A starter David Buchanan would be candidates to replace Burnett if he had to be placed on the disabled list.
April 14, 2014 |
Donna didn't expect that things would be easy after her husband Richard suffered the double whammy of a blood infection and a stroke a year ago. But it was a surprise that the emotional damage from the stroke was more disturbing than his physical disabilities. He could no longer plan his days and didn't fully understand his limitations. What hurt her most, though, was that her feelings seemed to mean nothing to him. "I think a 5-year-old probably had more empathy than he did," said Donna, 56, of Rosemont.
April 11, 2014 |
FROM blowing back-to-back games in Texas last week to the inability to keep games close in the middle innings this week in Philly, the Phillies' bullpen has been a trouble spot in 2014. The relief corps entered yesterday 0-3 with a 4.94 ERA through the first eight games of the season. Coming into yesterday: Only six major league bullpens have allowed more runs (16). Only the White Sox and A's have more blown saves (two). Only the A's, White Sox and Reds have a poorer strikeout-to-walk ratio (1.54)
April 10, 2014 |
BEFORE RYAN BRAUN played the role of the Grinch Who Stole the Home Opener, Cole Hamels shared encouraging news for Phillies fans: He could return to the rotation earlier than expected. Three hours before the Phillies and Milwaukee Brewers play in the first game at Citizens Bank Park in 2014, Hamels stood inside the home dugout and sounded confident he would be off the disabled list and on the mound in 2 weeks. Hamels made the first start of his official rehab assignment (and third game overall)