After a report last week that Wally Joyner turned down the Phillies to pursue becoming the head coach of other clubs, he returned to the club with the same role. Wally Joyner was brought back soon after the Los Angeles Angels named Don Baylor as hitting coach. Juan Samuel was brought back as the first base coach of the club after his return to the team was questioned.
The Phillies are still in the process of interviewing candidates to be the team’s new pitching coach. Bullpen coach Rod Nichols was let go and the Phillies still have not named a bullpen coach for the 2014 season. With all of the coaching transactions, it was almost easy to overlook player movement that happened, with the Phillies having four players clear waivers: outfielders Roger Bernadina and Casper Wells and pitchers J.C. Ramirez and Cesar Jimenez.
The Eagles are going into the possible biggest game of the season against rivals the Dallas Cowboys without Michael Vick as the starter, he announced earlier this week that he would not be playing due to a hamstring injury that was more serious than originally thought. This makes Foles the Eagles starter once again. Foles impressed in his start against Tampa Bay throwing three touchdowns and zero interceptions.
Safety Patrick Chung who aggravated a shoulder injury last week against Tampa Bay could be out for an indefinite amount of time. There is good news on the injury front: left tackle Jason Peters and tight end James Casey were full participants in Thursday’s practice The team’s bad news is with safety Patrick Chung, running back Chris Polk, quarterback Michael Vick, and punter Donnie Jones being limited at practice. The Eagles haven’t won a home game since a 19-17 win over the Giants on September 30,2012 and a win against the Eagles most bitter rival would make the victory even sweeter.
The Flyers dropped to 1-7 on the young season with two losses this week against the Vancouver Canucks and division rivals Pittsburgh Penguins. Rookie Tye Mcginn has not disappointed sine being called up to the Flyers as he had two goals in the game against the Canucks. McGin now has 6 goals in 20 career NHL games and is the Flyers leading goal scorer so far this season.
The Flyers loss to the Penguins brought them down to 1-7, the worst start in the franchise’s history. The Flyers were dominated in shots on goal 21-8 in the favor of the Penguins. Veteran defenseman Kimmo Timonen left the game with 14 minutes left in the second period and did not return. GM Paul Holmgren said that Scott Hartnell who is out with an upper body injury and Vinny Lecavalier who is out with a lower body injury will skate on Sunday.
Sixers great Allen Iverson will officially and finally retire as a member of the Sixers on the season opener on October 30th against the Miami Heat. Guard Vander Blue is in competition to make one of the final spots on the Sixers roster and coach Brett Brown said this about him, ” I like Vander because there is no back down and he has some dog in him and he has some athleticism.” The Sixers brought in center Daniel Orton and waived fellow center Tim Ohbrecht. Orton was the 29th overall pick by the Orlando Magic in the 2010 draft and has only player in 29 NBA games. Orton does bring in some much needed size as he 6 foot 10 inches and 255 pounds and the team’s frontcourt being depleted with injury.
- Change of plans: Wally Joyner is staying with the Phillies (hardballtalk.nbcsports.com)
- BREAKING: Flyers could use a win tonight (prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com)