April 5, 2015 |
Last August, on the next-to-last day of the tryouts for USA Baseball's under-18 national team in Houston, John Aiello's brief pitching stint abruptly went bad. "I threw a curveball and, basically, my elbow popped out," the Germantown Academy standout said. Tests revealed a tear to the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, an injury that required Tommy John surgery. It was performed a month later by Phillies physician Michael Ciccotti at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.
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]
January 31, 2015 |
Many of the Phillies' offseason moves, via trade and free agency, have addressed starting pitching. They added another arm to the mix Thursday when they signed veteran righthander Chad Billingsley to a one-year, $1.5 million contract. Billingsley, 30, has not pitched since 2013 after undergoing Tommy John surgery in April of that year. He also underwent right flexor tendon surgery in June 2014. His deal includes performance bonuses. Lefthanded reliever Cesar Jimenez was designated for assignment to make room for Billingsley on the Phillies' 40-man roster.
September 5, 2014 |
THE NFL PRESEASON was a yellow mess. Flags, flags everywhere as the league decided that it was time to crack down on the all of the mean and awful things that linebackers and defensive backs were doing to the league's receivers. Never mind that they did this following a season in which the league set all sorts of new scoring records. In the first 3 weeks of the preseason, the zebras threw 902 flags in 49 games. That's 18.5 penalties a game, or 5.1 a game more than they called in the 2013 regular-season.
August 9, 2014 |
When Cliff Lee consulted with two doctors, there was never a mention of surgery for his troublesome left elbow. The parties agreed that Lee suffered a reoccurrence of the strained flexor pronator muscle, an injury that sidelined him for two months earlier this season. The Phillies will adopt another conservative approach with Lee, who may not throw again until October or November. But another elongated period of rest will not quell doubt about Lee's availability for 2015. He is, for now, expected to be ready for spring training.
August 4, 2014 |
LAKEWOOD, N.J. - It wasn't the plan going into the season, but Lakewood, the Phillies' low-A affiliate, is employing a six-man rotation. Lefthanders Matt Imhof, who had a heavy college load, and Yoel Mecias, who is coming off Tommy John surgery, were recently promoted, and the Phillies want both 20-year-olds to have extra rest between starts. Plus, 19-year-old righthander Tyler Viza is in his first full professional season. Righthander Ranfi Casimiro, 22, like Viza, hasn't missed a start, so the Phillies organization thought the two could also benefit from extra rest.
May 19, 2014 |
The Marlins, manager Mike Redmond said, protected Jose Fernandez. They restricted his innings while in the minors. They did not permit him to pitch in the ninth inning of any major-league game. They shut him down in September last season. The 21-year-old Cuban with a dynamic right arm threw 100 or more pitches in just 11 of his first 36 starts, yet he fell to Tommy John surgery last week. "I wish we could find a reason for it, because it's sad," Redmond told reporters. "I wish we could figure out a way to keep these guys on the field.
April 13, 2014 |
Was it dirt? was it pine tar? Whatever the brownish substance was on N.Y. Yankees starter Michael Pineda's right hand in the early innings of Thursday's game against Boston in the Bronx, it was gone by the fifth. That's why Boston manager John Farrell didn't point it out to the umps, he said after the Yankees' 4-1 win. Maybe the fact that two of his starters, Clay Buchholz and Jon Lester, have been accused of using a foreign substance swayed him, too. Pineda, who allowed one run in six innings while striking out seven, said afterward it was only dirt, moistened by sweat.
August 28, 2013 |
NEW YORK - The five TVs in the visitors' clubhouse at Citi Field showed a news conference happening in a room down the hallway, and many Phillies paused to watch this cruel game seize another promising arm. There is a torn ligament in Matt Harvey's right elbow. One of baseball's best pitchers may require Tommy John surgery. Michael Young clutched a bat, glanced at one TV, and sighed. Weeks earlier, from the same spot, the Phillies infielder shook his head while contemplating how one is supposed to hit a 93-m.p.h.
May 29, 2013 |
LOS ANGELES - Renowned orthopedic surgeon Lewis Yocum, 65, who extended the careers of many big-leaguers by repairing injuries that once would have ended their playing days, has died. Dr. Yocum had been the team orthopedist of the Los Angeles Angels for 36 years. Team spokesman Tim Mead said Tuesday that Dr. Yocum died Saturday in Manhattan Beach, Calif. A protege of Frank Jobe, who pioneered the elbow ligament replacement surgery popularly known as Tommy John surgery in 1974, Dr. Yocum worked on the Nationals' Stephen Strasburg and Jordan Zimmerman, the Twins' Francisco Liriano, the Mets Billy Wagner, and the Rangers' C.J. Wilson, among others.