The Phillies freefall since the All-Star break continued with another series loss to the Atlanta Braves. The bad news just kept piling on as John Lannan left in the 2nd inning Wednesday with a knee injury and will likely be placed on the DL. Some good news did come out of this week as Charlie Manuel gained his 1000th managerial win in Monday’s 5-1 win. Roy Halladay’s comeback to the big leagues began on Thursday when he gave three runs, six hits, three walks, and striking out four over six innings in his first rehab game. Phillies fans rejoiced when they heard the news of right fielder Delmon Young being released which means that we will no longer see a free swinging, slow outfielder in a Phillies uniform.
The Eagles won their first preseason game Thursday night. Thursday’s game against the Panthers added to the QB competition. Michael Vick went 9 for 10 in completions with 105 yards and one interception but nonetheless looked focused and played stellar. Nick Foles didn’t play bad with 6 for 8 in completions with 53 yards with 1 interception himself, but Foles didn’t seem to be playing at the same level as Vick which may mean an upper hand for Vick. The defense came out to prove that they could play better than they did in the first preseason game. Patrick Chung set the tone by getting some big hits early and Mychal Kendricks lit up the A gaps and pressured Cam Newton into hurried throws. LeSean McCoy looked like he didn’t miss a beat as he went for eight carries for 47 yards with one touchdown. On the down side after a great game defensive lineman Philip Hunt underwent surgery to fix a partially torn ACL in his left knee which further depletes the Eagles roster.
Claude Giroux suffered an injury to his index finger while golfing and will need surgery. His recovery will take about 5-6 weeks. It is expected that Giroux will be ready to play late into the preseason not affecting his regular season readiness
The Sixers have finally hired a head coach after a three month wait. New coach Brett Brown was an assistant of Gregg Popovich and brings a winning pedigree to the team. Sixers’ owner Josh Harris made some waves this week by buying the NHL’s New Jersey Devils and the team’s lease to the Prudential Center with business partner David Blitzer for $320 million. The sale to Harris led to speculation that the Sixers will be moved to Jersey, but Harris said, “The Sixers are staying in Philly.” Also Scott O’Neil, Sixers CEO, will also be the CEO of the Devils.