May 2, 2016 |
The Phillies hoped that Adam Morgan would be able to recover the velocity on his fastball after shoulder surgery two years ago sapped the pitch of its speed. Friday night - Morgan's first major-league start this season - was an indication that the fastball is turning a corner. Morgan threw 51 of his retooled fastballs in five innings of a 4-3 win over Cleveland. The pitch, according to PITCHf/x data, zipped at an average speed of 90.8 mph. Morgan's fastball hovered in the low 90s before he had surgery in January 2014 to close a gap in his left shoulder.
March 22, 2016 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - On the big-boy field, Ken Giles was struggling to find his All-Star form against the team that drafted him, developed him and turned him into the coveted trade chip that returned a slew of Houston prospects in December. Far beyond the leftfield wall, one of the men brought in to replace him, Andrew Bailey, was quietly getting in some rain-delayed work at the minor league complex. For Giles, it was one inning, three hits, two runs allowed, a couple of strikeouts - and no worries.
March 17, 2016 |
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - He was three more conquered batters closer to a goal that a 31-year-old survivor of shoulder surgery no longer considers paramount. Yes, Andrew Bailey said, everyone wants to be the closer. But surgery, which rendered the former rookie of the year and all-star reliever an afterthought, forces one to reassess his priorities. "I felt good," Bailey said Tuesday after striking out the side for his fourth scoreless outing of the spring. And, in the quest to find the next Phillies closer, that is an important step.
February 21, 2016 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Adam Morgan arrived in Florida in mid-January, just two years since shoulder surgery placed his career at risk. The lefthanded pitcher had never arrived that early to spring training. And it was his shoulder that sent him. Morgan spent the final three months of last season with the Phillies, finally getting a taste of major-league life. His arm was shut down for the season's final two weeks as the team wanted to be careful with his surgically-repaired shoulder.
May 12, 2015 |
EAGLES CENTER Mike Coccia is the biggest person in his family, but he's not the toughest, or the most determined, or even the best athlete. "That's my sister, Kristina," he said. Mike Coccia, a Bethlehem kid whose family has had season tickets for 15 years, realized a dream when he signed a rookie free-agent contract with the Eagles. He's got a good shot. The team needs depth on the offensive line. Coccia (pronounced KO-sha) played at New Hampshire, where they still run a version of Chip Kelly's offense.
April 24, 2015 |
VILLANOVA'S football team lost three times last season, by a total of five points. Quarterback John Robertson won the Walter Payton Award as the Outstanding Offensive Player in FCS. Linebacker Don Cherry finished second in the voting for the Buck Buchanan Award, which goes to the top defensive guy. Both are now seniors. If Robertson hadn't suffered a concussion in their first playoff game and missed the quarterfinals, which the Wildcats lost by three to Sam Houston State at home, they might have made a serious run at their second national title in 6 years.
March 12, 2015 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The look was remarkably familiar. Cliff Lee sat in front of his locker stall yesterday afternoon while his teammates took on the Detroit Tigers outside the clubhouse doors. He was in uniform, but in no position to help out. He spoke with an uncertain voice, looked ahead with eyes unsure of what the future held for him in the game he's played, in one way or another, for 3 decades. "It's not a good sign, obviously," Lee said of the same injury that limited him to 13 starts in 2014 returning before he even could begin 2015.
March 5, 2015 |
It was not love at first sight. In fact, when Evelyn looked at the 8-pound, 12-ounce infant clinging to her chest, her first thought was: I don't even know who this is. "She didn't look anything like how I had pictured. She looked so scared and little. It wasn't this angelic, biblical moment where the mother looks at her child and praises God. It was more like: Who the hell are you?" She'd been in labor for nearly 24 hours - first, in the cramped bathtub of the house she and Josh rented in Germantown, then at Einstein Medical Center Montgomery, with a Pitocin drip that made her contractions erratic and fierce.
March 1, 2015
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Chad Billingsley on Friday morning took another step toward once again starting major-league baseball games. After pitching what amounted to two simulated innings with a short break in between, the veteran righthander said his arm felt "great. " Before he is able to toe the rubber in Grapefruit League games, Billingsley, 30, will first need to pitch to live hitters in batting practice. That could happen in the next seven to 10 days. His next bullpen session is slated for Monday.
January 9, 2015 |
WASHINGTON Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth is scheduled to have surgery on his right shoulder today, a person familiar with the situation said yesterday. The source, who spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because no announcement about the operation had been made, said Werth is expected to be ready by the start of the regular season in April. The 35-year-old Werth was troubled by his right shoulder in early August, when he sat out a week for the NL East champions.