August 10, 2013 |
Injuries to wide receivers have plagued the Eagles during training camp, but the team has a similar situation developing on the offensive line. As a result, Allen Barbre, a journeyman who was out of football last season, will start Friday's preseason opener at left tackle. Barbre's promotion came after Jason Peters, Dennis Kelly, and Ed Wang were sidelined throughout the week. Peters, the four-time Pro Bowl tackle, has a hamstring injury and the Eagles are being careful about his return.
August 9, 2013 |
Cole Hamels threw a seven-pitch scoreless first inning Wednesday and plopped down on the Phillies bench, where Roy Halladay sat at his right. The erstwhile ace did not disappear after May surgery on his prized right shoulder. He will board a plane Thursday bound for Florida, and a recovery that started in stadium bullpens around the country will intensify. Halladay will pitch in a simulated game Saturday in Clearwater, which could be the final progression before he appears in a minor-league game.
August 7, 2013 |
FOLLOWING yesterday's suspension, Antonio Bastardo will not pitch in another game for the Phillies this season. Mike Adams won't play again this season, either, while waiting for his right shoulder to heal from surgery. Roy Halladay will attempt to pitch again this season, only because he'd like a job next year, and his best marketing plan is to show off his surgically repaired right shoulder. But for non-contending teams, the final 8 weeks of the season are often spent more on looking toward starting the next year off right, rather than finishing the current year strong.
July 28, 2013 |
As I've recently realized from personal experience, tearing your ACL can be quite painful. There is the knee pain, along with the swelling, buckling, and reduced ability to walk. The pain, while unpleasant, usually lasts just a few weeks. What can be more problematic is the mental and emotional pain that comes with the injury. Why did this happen to me? Do I need surgery? Will I be able to work or play sports again? If so, when? Am I at risk for this happening again? These are just a few of the questions that people have when I am counseling them about treatment options for ACL injuries.
July 18, 2013
Brooklyn Nets coach Jason Kidd pleaded guilty Tuesday to a misdemeanor drunken-driving charge and was placed on interim probation a year after he smashed his Cadillac SUV into a utility pole on eastern Long Island. In exchange for the guilty plea, Kidd agreed to speak to Long Island high school students about the dangers of drunken driving. If he fulfills his community service, his plea will be reduced to a violation, driving while ability impaired, when he returns to court Sept.
July 17, 2013 |
NEW YORK - On Sunday, Ruben Amaro Jr. said it was likely going to be "a while" before Ben Revere was back patrolling centerfield. Yesterday, he got a better read on what "a while" meant. Revere will have surgery today on a broken right foot. He is expected to be sidelined for 6-to-8 weeks, which would encompass the majority of what remains in the 2013 regular season. Revere suffered the injury when he fouled a ball off the foot in the final inning of the first game of Saturday's doubleheader.
July 12, 2013 |
The timetable for Ryan Howard's return did not change after the first baseman underwent knee surgery Wednesday morning at the Rothman Institute, but the Phillies were optimistic about what team physician Michael Ciccotti found during the arthroscopic procedure. "It went very well," Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. ". . . It was not a repair. He [cleaned out] his menial meniscus, and it went really well. The arthritic things that we had seen in the MRI were even better when they looked in the scope, so that's a good sign.
July 11, 2013 |
Randy Travis remained in critical condition at an unidentified Dallas hospital on Tuesday, two days after he was admitted for viral cardiomyopathy, an infection of the heart muscle, NBC reports. "We are very thankful to the fans for their love and support during this time," Travis' reps said in a statement. Travis' people denied recent reports that the 54-year-old country superstar had undergone heart surgery. The reports cited his sister-in-law, Teresa Traywick , confirming Travis had surgery.
July 10, 2013 |
When the Phillies signed Ryan Howard to a five-year, $125 million deal a year and a half before he was eligible for free agency, Ruben Amaro Jr. bet on Howard's remaining healthy and productive well into his 30s. Less than two years into the mega-contract, a surgeon will cut into Howard's left leg for the second time. Howard tore a meniscus in his left knee, the team said Monday. He will miss six to eight weeks from the date of his surgery, which has yet to be determined. His season could be over, depending on how quickly he can recover and whether the Phillies are still in contention come September.
July 10, 2013 |
THERE ARE two ways to look at the news that Ryan Howard will undergo surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. The optimistic viewpoint is that the first baseman had a pretty good excuse for his mediocre performance during the first 3 months of the season. His diminished power - 26.0 at-bats per home run, the worst average of his career - and .266/.319/.465 batting line make a lot more sense when you consider that he was playing on a meniscus that went from "frayed" in May to torn in July.