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Seranthony Dominguez Could Be Headed For Tommy John Surgery

The Phillies were hoping for good news surrounding relief pitcher Seranthony Dominguez.  The right-handed bullpen-ace reliever pitched two scoreless innings in Grapefruit League action before play was suspended.  But then he was shut down. And it appears that the news is not good.

According to Scott Lauber of the Philadelphia Inquirer, the recommendations from the doctor is "Tommy John" surgery:

It has been suggested to Dominguez that he undergo a reconstruction of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, a source close to the Phillies reliever said Monday evening.

The usual recovery time is a calendar year at least, so if Dominguez goes that route, he should do so sooner than later to mitigate some playing time loss of 2021.

In recent weeks, both Chris Sale of the Boston Red Sox and Noah Syndergaard of the New York Mets have undergone the procedure.  While that is a harrowing concept, many have recovered from the surgery to have very successful careers.  For some, however, they never regained their previous form.

As Dominguez noted a couple of weeks ago, he feared for his career.  That is a legitimate concern, but great promise remains.  The disappointing part, however, it appears to be a lock that he will not pitch for the Phillies in 2020.

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Flyers GM Chuck Fletcher Remains Busy During Time of ‘Uncertainty’

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

Just because there have not been any games on the schedule for nearly three weeks now does not mean that Flyers GM Chuck Fletcher hasn’t been active in keeping up with his team and trying to build his future. For one, he continues to remain in contact with members of the organization over the course of the suspension from game play and other activity at team facilities, speaking regularly with the team’s player rep James van Riemsdyk and head coach Alain Vigneault and connecting daily with assistant GMs Brent Flahr and Barry Hanrahan

Fletcher also was busy in helping to lock up part of the franchise’s future. Last Monday, the Flyers signed college prospect Tanner Laczynski and closed the week by signing another college prospect, Wade Allison, on Friday.

“I don’t know if they need a year or two of seasoning,” Fletcher said on Monday via a conference call. “These are players that will be 23 years old next season. They both have put a lot of time in it at the collegiate level. They both have size and strength attributes that typically takes a 19 and 20 year old kids a lot longer to acquire. They’re men. They are good hockey players. I expect that they’ll challenge for spots right away. Whether they can make it, time will tell. They’re players that are very close to being able to step in and play.”

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YWT: The Philadelphia Flyers Podcast - YWT #74 - Quarantine Brackets

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As we wait for hockey to return, the You Would Think Podcast turned to Flyers fans to help determine the "Best Flyer of All Time." This week, the guys respond to the early results that have led to the Final Four with sparked several debates. The guys also look at the current roster and wonder which Flyers could become part of the discussion in the future.

Join Kyle Collington, Mike Giletto Sr. and Kevin Durso as they discuss the bracket and discuss some other topics relating to Flyers history. 

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Ronald Darby Signs With Redskins

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

Another Eagles free agent has left the team with Ronald Darby reportedly agreeing to a new deal.

ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports that the cornerback will be heading to the Redskins on a one-year, $4 million deal.

Darby was a solid corner for the team in both 2017 and 2018 (when he wasn't injured), but recency bias takes it's affect and Darby was awful all of 2019, finding himself ranked among the worst in the game.

In 2019, he allowed 17 yards per reception and gave up a 117.9 passer rating when targeted.

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Phillies Rewind: March 28th

By Kevin McCormick, Sports Talk Philly Editor

With no baseball going on right now there is only one thing for fans to do to get their fix, look back on previous seasons. Let’s take a trip back just one year to opening day 2019. 

The Phillies kicked off the year against the Braves at home. Citizens Bank Park was sold out for the debut of the new-look Phillies. Fans got their money’s worth in this one as the Phillies routed the Braves 10-4 in an electrifying opening day win. 

This was the first time that the Philly faithful got to see new additions J.T. Realmuto, Andrew McCutchen, Jean Segura, and Bryce Harper take the field for the first time. 

Harper was greeted to a sea of red and a standing ovation as he made his first trot to right field in Phillies’ pinstripes. 

Aaron Nola took the hill in this game and kicked off his 2019 campaign in dominant fashion. Nola went six innings while only allowing one run one two hits, and struck out eight Braves’ hitters. It was everything you wanted to see from the ace on opening day. 

Andrew McCutchen couldn’t have had a better first impression on the Philadelphia crowd if he wanted to. He stepped into the box for his first at-bat as a Phillie and hit a shot to left-center field for a leadoff homerun to kick off the season. 

The Phillies weren’t done though. Maikel Franco stepped up in the sixth inning and blasted a three-run homerun for his first homer of the season. It would start his streak of being one of the deadliest eight-hole hitters in baseball. 

Rhys Hoskins got in on the fun in the next inning. The Braves intentionally walked Bryce Harper and loaded the bases for Hoskins, a decision they would soon regret. Hoskins proceeded to drive a ball to left field for his first career grand slam, sending the Philly crowd into hysteria. 

This was an all-around great first win for the Phillies, who would go on to sweep the opening series with the Braves and start the season 4-0. 

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Flyers Sign F Wade Allison to Entry-Level Deal

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

At the start of the week, the Flyers signed college prospect forward Tanner Laczynski to an entry-level deal and they capped off an otherwise slow week in the NHL with another college signing.

On Friday, the Flyers signed forward Wade Allison to an entry-level deal, GM Chuck Fletcher announced.

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Eagles Exercise 2021 Option On Zach Ertz's Contract

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

The Eagles have had a pretty great free agency and while some fans may still be upset that the Eagles didn't overpay in a weak free agent market for receivers, the team is greatly improved everywhere on defense and hasn't lost too much other than offensive line depth on the other side of the ball.

The Eagles may only be looking for bargain deals at this point and they had one in-house to shore up.

The NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports that the Eagles have exercised tight end Zach Ertz's 2021 option.

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Phillies Make Roster Moves on What Would Have Been Opening Day

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Thursday should have been the start of the 2020 season.  But instead of heading to Miami to play the Marlins, Phillies players are at home practicing social distancing like the rest of us.  But even with the Phillies and the rest of MLB suspended for the time being, the Phillies made several moves.

The Phillies announced (via a Todd Zolecki retweet) that the optioned the following players to Triple-A Lehigh Valley:

  • Outfielder Nick Williams
  • Outfielder Kyle Garlick
  • Starting pitcher Cole Irvin
  • Relief pitcher Edgar Garcia
  • Relief pitcher Austin Davis
  • Relief pitcher Reggie McClain

Over on MLB.com Zolecki had some additional news:

The Phillies have made no decisions on non-roster invitees like Francisco Liriano, Neil Walker, Josh Harrison, Logan Forsythe, Phil Gosselin and others that had March opt-out clauses. Each player has opted to remain with the team and postpone their opt-out opportunities until camp reconvenes.

In other words, players are being flexible as the wait continues.

Major League Baseball is also being flexible.  The Phillies will be able to recall any of the following players before the Opening Day roster, without it counting as an option, Zolecki notes.  So, the Phillies move forward with the option to undo the move later, should the team have a need.

Does this mean camp will indeed resume? A source tells 97.3 ESPN that while a truck made the trip from Clearwater, Florida to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the truck mostly contained luggage for team executives.  The lockers of players remain full, unless players have removed personal items for their personal workouts at home.

No decision has been made about the resumption of play.


Eagles Add Nickell Robey-Coleman To Roster

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

Last week, the Eagles made a blockbuster move to acquire cornerback Darius Slay from the Lions.

On Wednesday, the team added yet another corner.

ESPN's Josina Anderson reports that the Eagles are signing slot corner Nickell Robey-Coleman on a one-year deal.

The move adds another body to an already crowded cornerback room.

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