August 22, 2016 |
On Friday, Hector Neris appeared in his 62nd game. It was his easiest yet. He threw five pitches, four of them splitters, and retired the Cardinals in order. The 27-year-old Dominican, who could not carve out a regular role in a big-league bullpen before 2016 and was one of the last additions to the roster when spring training concluded, leads the league in appearances. When informed of that Saturday, his eyes widened. "I did not know that," Neris said. "That is surprising. " Neris, known as one of the happiest men in the room, laughed.
August 5, 2016 |
VINNY CURRY still doesn't want to declare victory. "I'll let you know next week, after the first game," Curry said Thursday, when asked how it feels to finally have an established role, as he prepares for his fifth season as a defensive end with the Eagles, his first under the terms of the five-year, $47.25 million contract he signed early in the offseason. But it feels different, right? "Once we get that first preseason game under my belt, we can answer that question," Curry said.
June 9, 2016 |
Fletcher Cox returned to practice for the first time under new coach Doug Pederson on Tuesday, although the star defensive tackle spent a significant part of the session as an observer. Pederson limited Cox's workload on the first day of mandatory minicamp after Cox missed two months of voluntary workouts and practices. The coach said that did not come at the directive of Cox's agent or the player while they are in negotiations with the team on a new contract. "He's coming back and we want him to be in the meetings, we want him to go through the walk-throughs, and we want him to get as many mental reps this week as [he]
May 5, 2016 |
The city's Department of Human Services is paying high overtime costs to keep up with hotline calls and investigations as it deals with staff vacancies and a growing number of children in its system, its acting commissioner said Tuesday. Jessica Shapiro, in charge since January while Mayor Kenney continues a nationwide search for the next commissioner, testified at a City Council hearing that the department will pay $12 million in overtime in 2016. Most of the money goes to keeping the child-abuse hotline staffed, she said.
December 23, 2015 |
Three weeks into DeMarco Murray's demotion, it's no longer surprising when he is not the Eagles' leading ballcarrier. But his role has never been as minimal as it was in the 40-17 loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, when Murray played only eight of 64 offensive snaps and touched the ball twice. This is not what Murray expected when he signed a five-year, $40 million contract in March. It's not what the Eagles expected, either. It's the situation they are in, though, because coach Chip Kelly has made clear that he won't try to placate the high-priced running back.
November 7, 2015 |
The increasing questions over how Chip Kelly - no, Duce Staley - plans to distribute snaps at running back may be moot this Sunday, in particular at the top if Ryan Mathews is sidelined with a groin injury. Mathews didn't practice on Thursday. He has taken a curious route to being questionable for the Cowboys after having perhaps his best game of the season in the Eagles' loss to the Panthers on Oct. 25. On Tuesday after a light practice, Mathews told reporters that he would play in Dallas.
October 28, 2015 |
Chip Kelly said Monday that Ryan Mathews suffered a groin injury in the Eagles' 27-16 loss to the Carolina Panthers, which affected the running back's playing time. Mathews had six carries for 97 yards, including a 63-yard touchdown rush during which he apparently ran with the injury. That was Kelly's explanation for running backs coach Duce Staley limiting Mathews' workload. "Ryan was hurt yesterday," Kelly said. "When I talked to Duce about it, and we talk about it all the time, Ryan hurt his groin on a 22-yard run before he broke the long run and really couldn't go. Duce was monitoring him on the sideline, what he could do and what he couldn't do. So I think Duce does a great job with those guys.
August 16, 2015
Kelly: Murray not hurt The coach says he is trying to manage the running back's workload. C2
August 16, 2015 |
DeMarco Murray's on-again, off-again practice schedule is not his decision. It's Chip Kelly's decision. Kelly made that clear on Friday, when he said he's trying to manage Murray's workload after the high-priced running back led the NFL in carries last season. Kelly said Murray is not injured. "He's coming along," Kelly said. "He's done a lot of different things. We're trying to get him acclimated. He also carried the ball more than anybody in the National Football League last year, so we are trying to integrate him into what we are doing.
August 12, 2015 |
PHOENIX - While he was with the Phillies and publicly pleading for a new home, Jonathan Papelbon maintained that he didn't check other teams' box scores to monitor closers around the majors. But if he did so over the last two weeks, he might have come away a tad jealous of a former teammate. The resurgent Phillies have kept Papelbon's successor busy. In only his first 12 games as the team's closer, Ken Giles was afforded six save opportunities. Papelbon, conversely, entered in save situations a mere 17 times over 100 games before he was traded to the Washington Nationals on July 28. Given the second-place Nationals' recent struggles - they entered Monday's series opener at Dodger Stadium with three wins in their last 10 games and six in their previous 17 - Papelbon came into the week with only two save opportunities with his new team.