December 12, 2013 |
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Barring a blockbuster trade in the next 2 months, the Phillies already have the eight pieces in place that will represent their regular, everyday lineup. If all of those pieces stay on the field - and are producing - you should see a familiar name in the middle of the lineup: Ryan Howard. Although current manager Ryne Sandberg said he likes his lineup's flexibility and that he isn't set with any particular order, he continues to see Howard batting cleanup.
October 30, 2013 |
VILLANOVA redshirt sophomore receiver Jamal Abdur-Rahman will undergo right knee surgery later this week and be out for the remainder of the regular season. But with an expected recovery period of 3 to 6 weeks, it's possible he could be back if the Wildcats (4-4, 3-2 CAA) make it to the FCS playoffs, which begin the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The speedy La Salle High product has carried 30 times for 186 yards and a touchdown, caught 18 balls for 225 yards and a TD and returned four kickoffs 114 yards.
September 29, 2013 |
LAST YEAR'S 76ers media day began with word that center Andrew Bynum had suffered a bone bruise in his knee and would be out for the foreseeable future. That turned out to be a whole season after both knees bothered the 7-footer, ultimately leading to a wasted acquisition and a separation between player and team. Yesterday's media day again brought bad news concerning a big man, as it was announced that second-year forward Arnett Moultrie had ankle surgery yesterday morning after suffering an injury during a pickup game last week.
September 27, 2013 |
ATLANTA - Ryan Howard walked out of the visitors' dugout at Turner Field, reached into the basket of baseballs and walked out onto the field to play catch with Jimmy Rollins. Howard, who hadn't worked out with his teammates in more than 2 months, rejoined the Phillies yesterday in Atlanta. Howard won't play in any of the final four games that remain in the 2013 schedule, but he will continue to take pregame hitting and fielding work with his teammates. After spending the majority of the 11 weeks since knee surgery rehabbing in Clearwater, Fla., Howard decided he wanted to finish the 2013 season "with the fellas.
September 26, 2013 |
Roy Halladay will get another job in the major leagues. A pitcher with more than 200 career wins and a Cy Young Award on his resumé gets plenty of chances to prove he is no longer that same guy. Someone will sign Halladay as a free agent this offseason, because a talent like his is hard to find and, for many baseball franchises, money isn't. Even though Halladay stood on the mound in Miami on Monday night, flushed and tired after throwing 16 pitches, sweating like a condemned man, he will work again.
September 18, 2013 |
In an ideal world for these Phillies, every fifth day in September would be dedicated to the education of Adam Morgan. This team is in search of fortification for its starting rotation in 2014. The lefthanded pitching prospect looked impressive last spring and earned an aggressive promotion to triple-A Lehigh Valley in April. But Morgan's season was derailed by lingering shoulder problems, and the team feared rotator-cuff surgery was possible. No surgery is required, however, after an MRI exam last week did not reveal changes in Morgan's shoulder.
September 14, 2013 |
Flyers captain Claude Giroux, who underwent surgery Aug. 15 to repair tendon damage in his right index finger, seems to be progressing ahead of schedule. Giroux was able to pass the puck gingerly - but not shoot it - during the opening of training camp Thursday at the Wells Fargo Center. "It felt better than I thought it would," said Giroux, who said he hurt his finger on the golf course when his club shattered. "I wasn't even sure I'd be able to touch the puck," he added. Giroux continues to ice his finger and hopes to play in some preseason contests "to get the feel for the game" again.
August 25, 2013 |
It was by a Philadelphia art museum or maybe a London pub that two orthopedic surgeons resolved to draft medical guidelines in an unprecedented way. A few drinks deep, Javad Parvizi, 47, and Thorsten Gehrke, 50, shared remorse over the lack of a consensus in their field of joint replacements. Ten months later, their efforts culminated at the International Consensus Meeting on Periprosthetic Joint Infection, held on July 31 and Aug. 1 at Jefferson University. Orthopedic surgeons, infectious disease specialists, and pathologists were among 300 experts who voted with game-show-style buzzers on how to best prevent, diagnose, and treat infections after joint replacement surgery.
August 17, 2013 |
When he was pulled over by police Tuesday for a broken taillight, Eric Torres was carrying a stolen handgun and driving a car packed with heroin. Packets of the drug were stuffed in the center console, stashed inside the glove box and tucked under the seats. So, when an officer asked him for his driver's license, Torres handed it over and sped off, setting in motion a chain of events that ended with the shooting of Police Officer Edward Davies in a Feltonville mini-mart. That account, detailed in police reports obtained by The Inquirer, forms the basis of prosecutors' case against Torres, who was arraigned Thursday on attempted murder, assault on a law enforcement officer, aggravated assault, and other charges.