March 12, 2015
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Nine months elapsed between days on which Chad Billingsley pitched to live hitters, a time frame that probably seems like an eternity for the veteran major-leaguer. But there the 30-year-old righthander was Tuesday morning at the Phillies' spring training complex, directing a series of 25 pitches to non-roster invitees Chris McGuiness and Darin Mastroianni. Pitching coach Bob McClure said afterward that Billingsley threw as if he never underwent surgery. "From an arm strength [aspect]
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 12, 2015 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Cliff Lee will attempt to pitch through the tendon tear in his elbow that limited him to 13 starts last season. Despite months of rest and rehabilitation, the problem resurfaced Friday. Lee is 36 and pitching on maybe the final contract of an accomplished career. "It's hard to find a problem with going out there and just continuing to try to do it just to see what happens," he said. Surgery would sideline the lefthander for six to eight months, ending his season and perhaps his playing days.
March 11, 2015 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - About an hour before the Phillies took the field in Sarasota yesterday afternoon, and about 24 hours before he was originally scheduled to be warming up in the bullpen at Bright House Field, in preparation for his second spring training game, Cliff Lee wore street clothes as he walked out of the clubhouse. Lee was finished for the day. His work was limited. For the second straight day, he did not throw a baseball. "Tomorrow," he said before getting in his car and calling it a day. Lee can only hope to receive some good news when he returns to the Carpenter Complex this morning.
March 10, 2015 |
The 76ers can increase the likelihood that they will have a successful future with one simple move: General manager Sam Hinkie must re-sign Jason Richardson to a one- or two-year deal. I'm not saying that the 34-year-old should retain his starting shooting-guard spot. Instead, the Sixers (14-49) need to give that to a draft pick or someone younger than Richardson to see if that person fits into their long-term plans. But Richardson needs to stay. Now that the 6-foot-6, 225-pounder is healthy again, his work ethic alone will make the Sixers a harder-working team.
March 4, 2015 |
A Philadelphia police officer described the controlled chaos in the crowded aisle of a Feltonville grocery as he and two other officers tried to subdue a struggling suspect. For him, Edward Davies told a Philadelphia jury Monday, the struggle ended in a gunshot. "I just heard a bang, and when I stood up, I felt up in my chest it was getting real hot, and my stomach got real hot, and when I looked down, I saw a hole in my shirt," Davies said. Davies, 42, took the witness stand as the prosecution began the fourth day in the trial of Eric Torres on charges of attempted murder and aggravated assault in the 2013 incident.
March 3, 2015 |
Until Sam Hinkie decided to trade Michael Carter-Williams and K.J. McDaniels, the 76ers' most intriguing activity at the trade deadline took place after practice early that afternoon. At one of the six baskets ringing the court at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Joel Embiid rolled through a succession of post moves with assistant coach Billy Lange. There was Embiid, spinning left to set up a baseline fadeaway. There was Embiid, pivoting right for a short hook shot. There was Embiid, nimble and fluid and on the move within full view of a contingent of media members standing a few feet away.
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.
February 26, 2015 |
RALEIGH, N.C. - Goalie Steve Mason took another step Tuesday toward returning to the lineup. For the first time since he had arthroscopic knee surgery on Feb. 10, Mason practiced with the Flyers during their morning skate Tuesday at PNC Arena. Afterward, Mason didn't close the door on returning Thursday in Toronto, but said Saturday against the visiting New York Rangers was a "more realistic" goal. "That was good. I pushed myself as hard as I could today," Mason said after practicing for more than an hour.
February 25, 2015 |
MIAMI - Jason Richardson is amazed that he's back on the floor with the 76ers. "Two major surgeries. A foot fracture," he said. "I didn't think I was going to play basketball ever again. " Yet, the 34-year-old is doing just that. Richardson returned to the court Friday for the first time in more than two years after suffering a cartilage tear the size of a quarter on the right side of his left kneecap in January 2013. And he was handed his old spot, as the starting shooting guard.