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Realmuto Hits the IL; Howard Starts for Phillies Saturday

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The Phillies have been without catcher J.T. Realmuto since Saturday, when he took a pitch to his knee.  Since then, Realmuto has been listed day-to-day and the Phillies have carrying a third catcher in Rafael Marchan in hopes of Realmuto re-joining the lineup soon.  Despite their best efforts, the Phillies will place Realmuto on the 10-day injured list.

During a Zoom call with reporters, including Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Phillies manager Joe Girardi announced the injured list stint.  

Taking Realmuto's place on the roster is outfielder Matt Joyce.  Joyce has been on the 10-day injured list since May 5 with a calf strain.

Last night, Chase Anderson was seen in the Phillies bullpen.  It was not just for protection from a team that scratched starter Vince Velasquez at the last minute and needed innings.  It apparently was because he has lost his spot in the starting rotation.

Girardi also announced that Spencer Howard, the team's top prospect, would be called up to start on Saturday. 

No corresponding move for Howard has been announced yet.  Should Velasquez need to be removed from the starting rotation, beyond missing Thursday's start, he could be moved to the Injured List and Matt Moore or Anderson get to start.  If not, then the Phillies will have to make another move.


Eagles Add Even More Tackle Depth

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

On Wednesday afternoon, the Eagles officially signed another veteran to the team, this time to bolster the offensive line.

Clark, who played the last five seasons (though he had 0 snaps in 2019) with Siriani in Indianapolis, has experience at both tackle spots as both depth and as a spot starter. He could be thought of in the same vein as Big V, only he didn't get the massive contract (or start in a Super Bowl).

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Phillies Reliever Jojo Romero to Undergo "Tommy John" Surgery

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The Phillies announced that they placed reliever Jojo Romero on the 60-day Injured List on Tuesday afternoon.  Romero had been placed on the 10-day Injured List with a strained left elbow.  Such an injury is always rather worrisome; the end result is often what is now commonly known as "Tommy John Surgery" - a procedure that will keep a player out over a year's time.  Unfortunately, that will be what happens to Romero.

The Phillies announced that Romero will undergo the "Tommy John" procedure, which replaces the ulnar collateral ligament with a ligament from another part of the body, often the leg. 

What does this mean?  For most pitchers the recovery time exceeds a year from the moment of the surgery.  That means if Romero is able to help the Phillies, it will not be until late next summer.

Romero was 0-0 with a 7.00 earned run average in 11 games for the Phillies in 2020.


Phillies Activate Bradley, Torreyes as Gregorius Hits IL

The banged-up Philadelphia Phillies are set to get some relief.   The big free agent the club signed outside of their own players was reliever Archie Bradley.   After appearing in just four games, Bradley hit the injured list with a left oblique strain.  The Phillies are getting some relief from Bradley and others as they announced a few moves.

The Phillies announced the following transactions:

  • Bradley has been reactivated from the 10-day Injured List
  • Infielder Ronald Torreyes has been activated from the COVID Injured List
  • Scott Kingery has been placed on the 7-day Concussion Injured List
  • Shortstop Didi Gregorius has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a sore elbow
  • Reliever Jojo Romero has been transferred to the 60-day Injured List

Kingery's stint was somewhat expected.  Playing right field, Kingery hit the wall on a ball hit to the fence and hit his head.  He had to be replaced in the game by injured outfielder Bryce Harper, as the Phillies had no additional available position players.

In normal circumstances, the Phillies might have held out for Gregorius to heal.  But with a small bench, the Phillies had to be careful.  The bench remains small as the Phillies have added a pitcher in what would normally be a bench player spot, and there are three catchers currently on the roster in J.T. Realmuto and Andrew Knapp (both dealing with minor injuries themselves) and Rafael Marchan.

The Phillies placed Romero on the Injured List initially with an elbow strain.  Those injuries tend to be a big deal; some result in "Tommy John" surgery.  Placing Romero on the 60-day Injured List gives the Phillies a 40-man roster spot to use.

The Phillies might need more help, depending on how Realmuto continues to respond.  Both Knapp and Harper are in the Phillies lineup Tuesday night.

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Eagles Acquire CB From Jaguars

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

In a move on Tuesday, the Eagles acquired a new corner for their defense, though the Eagles did give up one of their existing corners.

Houston was a guy the Eagles had brought in last year when they were missing essentially all of their corners that started out on the 53-man roster.

The Eagles do include an additional sixth-round pick in the move for the 2023 draft (not the 2022), but gain a corner with three years left on his rookie contract.

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Flyers, Phantoms Head Coach Gordon Mutually Part Ways

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

It is sure to be an offseason that involves changes for the Flyers, but their first change certainly came out of left field.

The Flyers announced on Tuesday that they have mutually agreed to part ways with Lehigh Valley Phantoms head coach Scott Gordon. In addition, Phantoms assistant coach Kerry Huffman stepped down from his position.

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Eagles Sign Ryan Kerrigan

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

In a bit of a shocking move, the Eagles announced on Monday that they had signed Ryan Kerrigan, a player who has spent 10 seasons in Washington D.C. and has been a thorn in the side for Philadelphia all throughout that time.

Kerrigan is the all-time sacks leader for Washington with 95.5

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Week 6 Recap: Red Bull Gives You Wins

By Siobhan Nolan, Contributing Writer

The Union finally get a break after playing nine games in 22 days, securing their first home win of the season against the New York Red Bulls. The 1-0 scoreline wasn’t all that exciting, but the heated rivalry between the Union and the Red Bulls always guarantees an entertaining game. Let’s recap.

The Union opened up the scoring early on, with Cory Burke scoring quite the bottom-corner goal in the ninth minute of play. A result of some beautiful linkup play in the midfield between Leon Flach and Jamiro Monteiro, Burke was able to score from a difficult angle to put the Union ahead 1-0.

Despite being able to notch an early lead, cracks in the offense definitely started to show. The Boys In Blue had no problem getting the ball forward, but mistimed runs, too many extra touches in the box, misplaced passes, and an overall inability to finish in the final third cost them any hope of getting an insurance goal.

That being said, it needs to be highlighted that the Union’s defense is immensely underrated. Andre Blake was excellent, as always, and the back four had a significant part in keeping the narrow lead. Olivier Mbaizo controlled the entire right side, while Kai Wagner quite literally put his body on the line to protect the Union’s lead and clean sheet. It was a hard-fought clean sheet, but one that was definitely deserved.

Now, because it’s a game between the Union and the Red Bulls, the night wasn’t without chippiness. Plenty of players on both sides went down, and while there wasn’t a flurry of cards from referee Allan Chapman, the Red Bulls’ Dru Yearwood was issued a red card (second yellow) in stoppage time during a shoving match that involved several players from both teams.

Man of the Match: This game had multiple players that deserve this title, but Burke will take it. His goal was superb, the passion and loyalty towards the badge displayed in his goal celebration was admirable, and he never stopped searching for another goal the entire game.

The Main Takeaway: The Union offense have all of the right pieces, and they do find cohesiveness enough to secure a fair share of wins/draws, but they’re still not consistent enough to be considered a true threat in MLS. Huge credit to Burke for his goal, but the defense won this game for the Union.

A More Secondary Takeaway: It was great to see Jim Curtin substitute homegrowns Matthew Real and Quinn Sullivan onto the field, but he’s making these substitutions way too late in the game. The young guys need minutes, and if they’re not going to be featured as starters, they at least deserve a chance to have more of an impact on the game when they’re subbed on—which means putting them on with more than 5-10 minutes left in the game.


Schedule Release and Draft Reaction

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