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Phillies lose reliever Dalier Hinojosa to the disabled list

The Phillies saw their pitching depth further disrupted on Saturday afternoon, when they announced that reliever Dalier Hinojosa has been placed on the 15-day disabled list.   Hinojosa took a sharp liner to his pitching hand on Thursday evening against the Washington Nationals and was relieved by Elvis Araujo.   While postgame x-rays showed that Hinojosa did not break a bone, a contusion (a deep bruise) will keep Hinojosa from pitching.

Hinojosa will be replaced on the 25-man roster by Colton Murray.  The move is somewhat of a surprise, since right-handed reliever Luis Garcia was with the team until Friday.  While rules would have kept Garcia in the minors 10 days, placing a player on the disabled list would given the Phillies the ability to recall Garcia sooner.  Murray has struggled at Lehigh Valley in the early going, pitching to an 0-1 record and 6.10 earned run average.  Garcia pitched one and two-thirds innings yesterday, whereas Murray has not pitched since Wednesday, so the Phillies may have wanted a fresher arm after pitching extra innings Friday night.

Hinojosa was 0-1 with a 3.27 earned run average for the Phillies in 2016.  Of the seven players in the Phillies bullpen on Opening Day at the beginning of April, the Phillies have just four remaining of the initial bullpen on the last day of the first month: Jeanmar Gomez, David Hernandez, Hector Neris and Brett Oberholtzer.

Eagles Scouting Report: RB Wendell Smallwood

The Eagles addressed another team need in the fifth round of the Draft, selecting running back Wendell Smallwood from West Virginia.

The 5’10”, 208-pound back from Wilmington, DE comes in as a bit of an unknown, but has some tools that could make him a solid selection down the road.

Here’s a scouting report on the newest Eagles running back.

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Eagles Select RB Wendell Smallwood with 153rd Overall Pick

It took over two hours, but the Eagles were finally on the clock in Day 3. They used their first pick of the day to address a need at running back.

With the 153rd pick in the NFL Draft, the Eagles selected running back Wendell Smallwood of West Virginia.

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Eagles Deliver on Carson Wentz's Message at end of Meeting

Before they were able to officially make their selection with the second overall pick, Carson Wentz was brought into Philadelphia for an official visit.

One week later, he officially joined the Eagles as their first-round selection.

At his introductory press conference, where he made his first impression for Eagles fans, he seemed to say all the right things. Apparently, he said all the right things at his meeting with the Eagles too, including the final message he left with the team that ultimately landed the quarterback prospect.

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Eagles Day 3 Draft Preview: Filling out the Final 5

The first two days of the Draft have been about a single pick for the Eagles. Their first-round pick, while exciting, was rather anticlimactic, as for an entire week it was evident the Eagles were going quarterback with the second overall pick, and they did, selecting Carson Wentz.

Day 2 featured more of a guessing game about where the Eagles would go, but they had just one pick over the next two rounds of the Draft. So while other teams were very busy on Day 2, the Eagles were a one-and-done team, selecting offensive lineman Isaac Seumalo.

Both picks made sense given the situation. The Eagles clearly have wanted the quarterback prospect for some time and in the third, they really needed to address a position of need. The offensive line certainly qualifies.

So with one day remaining in the NFL Draft, the Eagles turn their focus to filling out the roster. They have needs at other positions and can look to select a player with high potential in a later round that could become a solid depth prospect or a potential steal.

Here’s a look at the positions the Eagles could address and the options available on the board as we enter Day 3.

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Phillies vie for 5th straight win against Bauer, Indians

By: Matt Rappa, managing editor

PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Phillies (13-10) will look for their third consecutive series victory and fifth straight win overall as they oppose right-hander Trevor Bauer and the Cleveland Indians (10-10) Saturday evening at Citizens Bank Park.

Bauer will make his first start of the season in replacement of former Phillies prospect Carlos Carrasco, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list on April 25 and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks with a left hamstring strain. He will oppose fellow 2011 amateur draft selection right-hander Jerad Eickoff of the Phillies, who seeks to bounce back from allowing a career-high seven earned runs in his most recent start against the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday.

Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard was the hero in the series opener on Friday, as he hit his sixth career walk-off home run in the 4-3, 11-inning victory. He is now four home runs shy of tying longtime Houston Astro Lance Berkman for 80th place on the all-time list.

The Phillies have won seven of their last eight games.

Starting Pitching Matchup:

Cleveland Indians (10-10) Philadelphia Phillies (13-10)
RHP Trevor Bauer RHP Jerad Eickhoff
(1-0, 4.76 ERA) (1-3, 4.07 ERA)

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Eagles scouting report: offensive lineman Isaac Seumalo

The Eagles made Oregon State offensive lineman Isaac Seumalo the 79th pick in the 2016 NFL Draft Friday evening. 

With several other offensive lineman and running backs on the board the selection of Seumalo, who could amount to a player to provide depth along the front for his rookie season, is a bit of a head-scratcher. Nevertheless, there are areas of Seumalo's prospect makeup that would endear him to an NFL team. There's also the possibility that the Eagles front office wanted to lock up the future center for Carson Wentz for when he takes over. Especially in a pro-style offense that Philadelphia will figure to run with Wentz at the helm, the quarterback/center relationship is crucial to being able to execute and change on the fly like many expect the Eagles to do.


(h/t to Joe Marino for this Vine of Seumalo going up against 49ers 7th overall pick DeForest Buckner

As far as a more in-depth look at the Oregon State product, the NFL's draft profile of him paints a more clearer picture. Here is somewhat of a synopsis based off of what they gathered

Seumalo was highly rated coming out of high school and was a five-star player at his position, which at the time was offensive guard. His Oregon State career got off to an impressive start, as Seumalo garnered conference honors in both his freshman and sophomore years. A postseason injury to his foot at the end of his sophomore season cost him the Beavers 2014 campaign. He wrapped up his career at Oregon State starting all 12 games at multiple spots along the line before moving on to the NFL. At the combine, Seumalo measured in at 6'4" and 303 pounds.

At his post-pick media availability, Howie Roseman said that the team will have Semualo start his career playing guard. 

(h/t to Jeff McLane for the transcribed quote) 

Another sticking point revealed during Roseman's press conference was the versatility displayed by Seumalo. 

(h/t to Eliot Shorr-Parks for the transcribed quote)

Given the lack of depth that has plagued the line for the last few seasons, finding a player wit Seumalo's versatility was clearly a priority for the new Eagles regime. There's no doubting the fact that there were several intriguing prospects left on the board when they took Seumalo with the 79th pick, but the Eagles seemed eager to pull the trigger on him without leaving anything to risk.

From a physical standpoint, here's how Seumalo stacks up:  

(h/t to for Seumalo's spider chart

As you can see, while Seumalo's physical traits are underwhelming, he excelled in many of the drills at the combine. If Seumalo should end up playing center at some point in his career, it will help that it is the position along the offensive line that can deal with shortcomings in areas such as arm length and height (just ask Jason Kelce ).'s Lance Zierlein echoed that sentiment with his scouting report on Seumalo's profile

 Seumalo proved that he was back from a foot injury that sidelined him for all of 2014 with the same foot quickness and technical talent that he had before his injury. Seumalo can play anywhere on the interior, but his best position might be at center thanks to his core strength and overall anchor.

While there were other areas of concern for the Eagles to address in this draft, there was no way they were going to draft a potential franchise quarterback without trying to build up the line that will be in charge of blocking for him in the future. While there may have been prospects rated higher than Seumalo available with the 79th pick, the Oregon State product clearly had a profile that the team coveted and would not let get away. The fastest way to send a prospect like Wentz down the path to becoming a bust is to stick him behind a line incapable of providing adequate protection. Time will tell whether or not Seumalo is a piece of that line going forward, or another misstep by Roseman in his return to personnel power. Either way, it's evident that the Eagles are doing everything they can to try and build up their offensive line and re-establish it as part of their identity.

Somers Price is a contributor for and can be followed on Twitter @somersprice.

Phillies defeat Indians in extras on Ryan Howard's 6th career walk-off home run

By: Matt Rappa, managing editor

Final: Phillies 4, Indians 3  ❖  Attendance: 18,677

PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Phillies (13-10) have won their fourth consecutive game, thanks to an 11th inning walk-off home run by first baseman Ryan Howard, the sixth of his 13-year career and his first since May 28, 2014.

In defeating the Cleveland Indians (10-10), the Phillies have now won seven of their last eight games and each of their three extra-inning games this season. They are three games over the .500 mark for the first time since Sept. 21, 2012.

Making his season debut, left-hander Adam Morgan received a no-decision after tossing five innings of three-run baseball. The Phillies bullpen combined for six shutout innings on one hit, two walks and 11 strikeouts in the victory.

WP: David Hernandez (1-1, 3.97 ERA)  ❖  LP: Cody Allen (0-3, 6.97 ERA)

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NFL Draft: Eagles select center Isaac Seumalo with 79th overall pick

After selecting North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz with the No. 2 overall pick, the Philadelphia Eagles didn't get a chance to make another selection until the 79th overall pick in the third-round. 

With that pick, the Eagles continued building offensive line depth, something they've slowly done this off-season, by selecting center Isaac Seumalo from Oregon State. 

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