February 27, 2014 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Two pitchers once projected to be in the top three spots of the Phillies' rotation had their schedules bumped back yesterday. Cole Hamels, who entered camp behind schedule after battling biceps soreness in November, had his bullpen day moved from yesterday to today. Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, originally on tap to make his Phils debut tomorrow in Dunedin, was pushed back to Saturday after missing camp Monday with an illness. The rookie was back in camp yesterday.
February 19, 2014 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Larry Bowa is one of the best fielding infielders in Phillies history. With a tireless work ethic, Bowa made himself into a five-time All-Star, a two-time Gold Glove winner and a shortstop who led the National League in fielding percentage in six seasons. Bowa was stationed at shortstop late yesterday afternoon on the infield practice field at the Carpenter Complex. But instead of a glove, the former manager and current bench coach and infield drill sergeant was wielding a fungo bat. Bowa blasted short hops - and other ground balls that simulated low throws - at first base, where Ryan Howard and Darin Ruf were on the receiving end. Howard was getting the brunt of the work, with four or five repetitions to every one or two for Ruf. "I thought he was looking good," Bowa said afterward of Howard, who has been criticized for his fielding.
February 14, 2014 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - On the first day of official workouts for pitchers and catchers, a contingent of front-office members, coaches and media gathered between two of the four fields named after Phillies Hall of Famers at the Carpenter Complex. At least a dozen pitchers were scheduled to throw off several mounds, but the man who summoned the largest collection of the assorted eyeballs was a 27-year-old who has never pitched in a game in the United States. Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, the Cuban righthander the Phillies nabbed as a free agent in August, threw a bullpen session.
January 24, 2014 |
MOBILE, Ala. - It's difficult for DaQuan Jones to get lost in a crowd. But the Penn State defensive tackle said he did just that during the first day of Senior Bowl practices with the North squad. "I started out kind of slow on Monday learning a couple of new plays," Jones said after Wednesday's session. "But I think two days in I picked it up a little bit. I had a couple of bad plays today, but that's football. " The 6-foot-3, 323-pound Jones had a strong senior season after playing in Jordan Hill's shadow as a junior.
January 5, 2014 |
After his freshman year, Christian Stackhouse tried with his coach, Kevin Landolt, to get the Riverside wrestling team together for summer workouts. Stackhouse and Landolt were the only ones who showed up. They still went ahead with their conditioning training and continued to do so two or three times every week throughout that summer and the next two. Every so often, one or two others would join them, but it was often just the two of them. Coming from Riverside, not a traditionally strong wrestling program, Stackhouse knew he needed those extra workouts to compete with wrestlers from some of the established powers in the area.
October 2, 2013 |
Tony Wroten wants to bring energy and a fast tempo to the 76ers. "I came from a team that almost went to the finals," said the second-year guard who was acquired Aug. 22 in a trade with the Memphis Grizzlies. "So I've seen the hard work that you have to put in and the dedication. " That hard work, energy, and tempo were on display during Monday's practice at St. Joseph's Hagan Arena. The 6-foot-6, 205-pounder was a step quicker than every other Sixer. He made crisp passes and converted transition baskets during the end-of-practice scrimmage.
August 1, 2013
D ARLA JACKSON, 32, of Fishtown, is owner and general manager of the Philadelphia Sculpture Gym. Jackson, a Moore College of Art & Design grad and a sculptor, won a $20,000 Knight Arts Challenge grant in 2011 to raise money to open the facility on Frankford Avenue near Berks Street. It provides 7,500 square feet of space where dues-paying members have access to band saws, drill presses and welding equipment. Q: How'd the biz idea originate? A: I thought it would be great if we had space where everybody shared equipment and paid monthly memberships.
June 19, 2013 |
Reinforcements could be on the way soon for the Phillies. Before Monday's game at Citizens Bank Park against the Washington Nationals, Phillies general manger Ruben Amaro Jr. spoke optimistically about the progress of injured catcher Carlos Ruiz and second baseman Chase Utley. Ruiz, on the disabled list since May 21 with a right hamstring strain, played two minor-league games for Lehigh Valley over the weekend. He was expected to play in Reading on Tuesday and Wednesday. "There is a possibility we can move [his timetable]
June 16, 2013 |
By now, most 76ers fans know Khalif Wyatt worked out on Saturday for the Sixers staff at PCOM. But he wasn't alone. The former Temple guard said he was joined by Shane Larkin, DeShaun Thomas and Glen Rice Jr. in the workout. The Inquirer orginially reported Wednesday that Wyatt was scheduled to participate in the workout. The Sixers have a first-round pick (11th overall) and two second-round selections (35th and 42d). Larkin, a former University of Miami point guard, is projected as a late first-round or early second-round draft pick.