Together, we so sad.
After clearing waivers, Carlos Ruiz (like Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley before him) has been traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers. In return for one of the greatest and most lovable Phillies of all time, the Phillies will get catcher A.J. Ellis and a prospect. Ellis is hitting .194 in 53 games this season.
With Utley and Chooch now reunited in LA (with Joe Blanton too), we can all officially be full-on Dodgers bandwagoners once the playoffs start.
The Phillies will be in attendance at Tim Tebow’s
desperate plea for attention baseball workout next week. According to Ryan Lawrence, “the Phillies will be among the 20-some teams that will reportedly watch Tebow’s baseball workout.” Whoever those ten-or-so teams not making the trek are, they’re the smart ones. Though honestly, if you want a way to sell Double-A or Single-A tickets and get some immediate PR, there’s no reason the Phils couldn’t take a flier on him. That’s exactly what Tebow is banking on. He’ll sell tickets, get headlines, and keep his name in the press. Such is the Tebow way.
And honestly, I wouldn’t mind writing a daily “Tim Tebow Double-A Strikeout Tracker” post, so let’s get him, Phils.
Two years ago, Awful Announcing named the Phillies’ broadcast crew the 26th best in baseball. It was harsh but accurate. T-Mac was cheesier than Wayne Brady covered in fondue, Jamie Moyer was mind-numbing, and Matt Stairs was just learning what to do. But a couple of seasons in, and sans Moyer, the crew has improved, bumping them all the way up to 17th. Here’s what Awful Announcing had to say:
Two years ago, the Phillies’ new broadcast team was still getting its feet wet. Since replacing Jamie Moyer with Ben Davis, the crew has taken strides forward, and as such, their overall rating and grade both improved, nearly pushing Philadelphia into the top half after they were in the bottom five in our previous rankings. The Phillies are also our first team to break the 20% mark in A votes.
I mean, anyone looks great after the disaster that was Jamie Moyer’s commentary – like listening to your boring Uncle who is trying to win a bet by putting you to sleep – but the fact that the Phils team is nowhere near the bottom just shows how bad the state of local baseball broadcasting is. Stairs is getting better, Ben Davis is a broken record sometimes, and T-Mac is still the corniest freshly-waxed bowling ball in the business. Mike Schmidt is awful and Murph is necessary nonsense. It’s hard to imagine that there are a dozen crews that are worse, but I’m glad I don’t have to find out how true that is.
Kyle: I actually agree that they’ve improved. I don’t mind Ben or Matt, and Tom McCarthy… is growing on me in small doses. It’s like, I’ve hated him for so long that he actually has become a necessary part of my fandom.
At last night’s Phillies game, the team evacuated sections 104 and 105, under the hanging right field mini-jumbotron.
Photo credit: Reddit user jeffrife
Though it looks like maybe the scoreboard is in danger of falling, a statement from the Phillies said this was not the case:
Before this season started, I used to always play this game in my mind. Even at the most under-attended games, it was hard to find a section that was completely devoid of fans. You’d see one straggler in 432, a school group in 301. This season, it hasn’t been a hard game, but it’s incredibly strange to see two full lower-level sections closed off and empty.
Again, that scoreboard will not fall, but if it did it’d be a pretty fitting analogy for the Phillies’ season. A new screen is installed, it looks better than we thought it would, then the appeal kinda wears off. It eventually catches fire and then falls apart as the season is ending: Your 2016 Phillies Video Yearbook.
Did you know that Dr. James Andrews is the only doctor in the world? It seems crazy, but it’s true. He’s the team doctor for Alabama, Auburn, the Yankees, and the Washington Redskins. He’s worked on Reggie Bush, Drew Brees, Barry Zito, Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte, Michael Jordan, Shaquille O’Neal, Allen Iverson, John Smoltz, Scottie Pippen, Paul Molitor, Pavel Bure, Dwyane Wade, Tiger Woods, Donovan McNabb, John Cena, Triple H, and Nerlens Noel. Literally he’s the only doctor. He’s worked on everybody. Now, Aaron Nola is added to that list.
Nola is done for the season – officially – but not yet going under the knife. Though he was diagnosed with “low-grade” sprains and strains, Andrews “examined Nola and prescribed a platelet-rich plasma injection and rest.” By avoiding going under the knife, the hope is Nola will have a shorter recovery time (and hopefully a lower-risk of re-injury). According to the New England Journal of Medicine, using a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial in 2014, injecting platelet-rich plasma injections for acute hamstring injuries had no discernible advantage over a placebo, with recovery time and re-injury rate being nearly identical. A study from the year before focusing on ligament damage said that PRP injections actually do help by “enhancing collagen gene expression, stimulating angiogenesis, [and] increasing cell migration,” (whatever any of that means) though clinical trials have had mixed results.
Andrews’ own site has this to say about PRP injections:
Patients can see a significant improvement in symptoms. This may eliminate the need for more aggressive treatments such as long term medication or surgery, as well as a remarkable return of function. In addition, PRP has been reported to accelerate tissue healing by as much as 50%… PRP therapy helps regenerate tendons and ligaments but it is not a quick fix. This therapy stimulates the growth and repair of tendons and ligaments, and requires time and rehabilitation. Through regular visits, your doctor will determine when you are able to resume regular physical activities. On average, patients return to sports between 8 to 12 weeks after the PRP injection.
It’s not a quick fix and Nola may still need surgery, but they’re going to try this out first. When the world’s only doctor suggests something, you do it.
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