Even though the trade deadline came and went without so much as Ruben Amaro rolling out of bed and checking his phone, the Phillies still could’ve moved Cliff Lee before the end of the season if he were to clear waivers (probable). In fact, you could argue that it was likely he would get dealt. But nope. Not anymore. Whatever remaining value he had is gone. Urinated away into the D.C. night.
He hurt himself in the third inning tonight. After throwing his first pitch to Denard Span, he walked off the mound, pointed toward his elbow, and basically took himself out of the game. Here, watch:
I’m not a doctor, but I play one on this blog, and that to me looks like the sort of reaction pitchers have before they need Tommy John surgery. It’s once again Lee’s flexor-pronator in his left elbow. Jim Salisbury explains:
The official word from the Phillies was that Lee suffered a recurrence of the flexor-pronator tendon strain that had sent him to the disabled list on May 20. Given that Lee missed two months with that injury and now has a similar problem, it’s not a stretch to believe that his season is over.
Lee, who turns 36 in August, is owed the remainder of $25 million for this season and is guaranteed $37.5 million after this season. How this injury impacts next season is unclear, but if Lee were to require surgery, he could miss time in 2015, as well.
That’s just great. Well done, Rube. Well done.
CONTINUE. The Phillies will CONTINUE to compete? The Phillies are on pace for a 70-win season. Four closers in the National League have more saves than Papelbon has save opportunities. And not only am I supposed to believe Ruben said these things to Papelbon, but I’m supposed to believe he was cool with it and totally didn’t flip his shit? That’s the second most ridiculous thing to happen with the Phillies today. The first, of course, is that nothing happened.
UPDATE: Ruben was also surprised people weren’t banging down his door for aging players with terrible contracts:
Michael Irvin was at Eagles camp today. He kissed Riley Cooper on the forehead on this, the one-year anniversary of Cooper’s N-word coming out. And before Irvin could taint the outer layers of LeSean McCoy, Shady stopped to remind some fans that he does, indeed, possess the Dallas Cowboys.
A comprehensive breakdown of the Phillies’ trade deadline transactions:
So, if you haven’t been staring at Twitter all day just begging for something to happen, you may not know that ESPN’s Jim Bowden done goofed. Here’s what happened: A false trade was reported by a fake account for another writer, Joel Sherman. A quick glance at the account that tweeted the original trade shows that it’s not real (number of tweets, followers, etc. are dead giveaways). Sure, fans and people who are staring at twitter all day hoping Ruben will do something may be fooled, but an ESPN baseball insider like Jim Bowden knows better. Or not. Jim Bowden didn’t know better. And then he panicked.
The original tweet said that Marlon Byrd has been traded to the Yankees for a player who does not actually exist in their farm system. Bowden saw this, and without crediting or retweeting, took the info (curiously dropped the Yankee prospect’s name), and reported it as fact. Others credited Bowden’s on the report (not naming names, Kyle). Of course, it wasn’t true, or even real. Sherman quickly denied the fake report. As we waited to see if Bowden would delete the tweet (reasonable) or just apologize for being wrong (more reasonable), he changed his avatar to one of those blank eggs. Then he changed his handle from @JimBowdenESPNxm to @JimBowdiv (taking all his followers with him) in a fit of what I can only assume was shaky-hands panic-typing. He still did not delete the tweet. Some enterprising troll then hopped on @JimBowdenESPNxm and, with only two Tweets, has already amassed nearly 500 followers. And now, Bowden has disappeared after briefly changing his name to Ralph:
Screen grab: Deadspin
He’s successfully done the internet equivalent of slinking from room to room, evading capture. He’s now as incommunicado as Ruben has been all day, so our fun is over again. And I know it’s all online, but I’d really find it hard to believe if you told me Bowden wasn’t hiding under his desk right now. In one hour, he went from active trade deadline reporter to a guy with two non-existent Twitter accounts. That’s impressive.
Two C’s? Two C’s.
And yes, DeSean did just refer to his coach’s son in gang spelling.
AND WE HAVE LIFE.
Jim Bowden of ESPN is reporting that the Phillies have traded Marlon Byrd to the Yankees. Updates coming.
UPDATE: Nope. Jim Bowden – and therefore the rest of Earth – was duped by a fake Joel Sherman account:
UPDATE 2: Bowden’s Tweet was real. The fun part is, he didn’t credit Joel Sherman or the fake Joel Sherman. Double bad look. Something goofy’s going on with his account now:
THE DANGERS OF DEADLINE DAY
UPDATE 3: It looks as though Bowden has changed his handle from (@JimBowdenESPNxm) to (@JimBowdiv). Maybe no one will notice.
UPDATE 4: Bowden has freaked out.
SORTA LIKE THE PHILLIES ON DEADLINE DAY, AMIRITE?!?!!! Continue reading