October 6, 2015 |
Jesse Biddle, the Phillies' former first-round draft pick from Germantown Friends School, will undergo Tommy John surgery to repair to a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow, interim general manager Scott Proefrock said Sunday. Team physician Michael Ciccotti will perform the operation on Oct. 14 in Philadelphia. The typical recovery time for Tommy John surgery is 12 to 18 months. Biddle recently went for a second opinion, which confirmed Ciccotti's diagnosis. The 23-year-old lefthander finished his season with triple-A Lehigh Valley on the disabled list with a shoulder strain.
September 18, 2015 |
IN NEW YORK this month, the Mets are attempting to lock down their first division title in nine years while also trying to avoid overextending their best pitcher, Matt Harvey, who had Tommy John surgery two years ago and has an agent very cognizant of his workload. In Washington three years ago, the Nationals faced a similar situation with Stephen Strasburg. They decided to shut him down altogether and it has backfired: the Nats were bounced out of the playoffs in the first round that season, haven't won a postseason series since, and face the very real possibility of sitting out October this year, the second-to-last year that Strasburg is under team control.
August 31, 2015 |
ALLENTOWN - The 19 red seams inked on the inside of Alec Asher's right elbow take the shape of a baseball each time he flexes the arm. Asher had the tattoo done when he was 16. It is the lasting reminder of a promising career that almost ended before it really began. Asher, who will take the mound for the Phillies in his major-league debut on Sunday, had Tommy John surgery when he was 14. The baseball seams cover a surgeon's scar that was once an ugly shade of purple. Asher's elbow burned out at a young age from overuse.
June 26, 2015 |
NEW YORK - It really had all the makings of the perfect showcase start for Cole Hamels and, instead, it spiraled into one of the many games that actually left the lefthander with his arms raised in the air in disbelief. After three games when everything broke right for the Phillies, Hamels took the mound and the worst team in baseball reared its ugly head behind him. It culminated in a routine ground ball to second base that began the fifth inning. Second baseman Cesar Hernandez was positioned far closer to second base than Hamels would have liked, and it resulted in a single.
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.
May 6, 2015 |
ATLANTA - While he rehabilitated from the Tommy John surgery that ended his 2013 season after just two starts, Chad Billingsley said he could somewhat envision the day of his return to the mound. But when he tore his flexor tendon while he was on the comeback trail, Billingsley questioned whether he would ever get back. "And here I am right now," he said with a big smile Monday afternoon at Turner Field, "taking the field [Tuesday] and pitching on a big-league mound. " More than two years since his last major-league start, Billingsley will officially complete his long road back from consecutive elbow surgeries Tuesday night against the Braves.
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.