Two of the Phillies top pitching prospects in 2012, first round draft pick Shane Watson and left handed pitcher Adam Morgan, will be going under the knife for shoulder surgery. The Phillies struck another minor league deal with an invite to spring training as the club signed veteran Ronny Cedeno. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. answered fans criticism by saying, “I’m a human being and, yes it ticks me off because I know our players are better than the perception.”
Shortly after being fired in August, former manager Charlie Manuel has accepted a job with the club as the senior advisor to general manager Ruben Amaro Jr.
The Phillies kept pitcher Kyle Kendrick in the fold with the club as the team avoided arbitration with an agreement on a 1 year, $7.7 million deal. The Phillies also struck a deal and avoided arbitration with outfielder John Mayberry Jr. with a 1 year, $1,587,500 deal. Outfielder Ben Revere and left handed relief pitcher Antonio Bastardo also avoided arbitration with both players signing 1 year deals. The MLB made some huge news this week as instant replay will begin to be heavily used and managers will have one challenge to use in the game. If the manager gets the call right he gets another and after the seventh inning a crew chief can request a review by himself if the manager used his challenges. Commissioner Bud Selig simply said, “I tell you the fans will love it.”
DeSean Jackson failed to stay out of the news this week as his home was burglarized for $300,000 in cash, jewelry, and two semi-automatic handguns. Because his home was burglarized Jackson is offering $50,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest and Jackson’s agent has released a statement. “DeSean is clearly upset that his home was burglarized while he was out on vacation. He has always felt very safe in his community, and it concerns him someone would victimize his place of residence.”
Running back LeSean McCoy, offensive lineman Jason Peters, and Evan Mathis were named to the Professional Football Writers Association All-NFL team. Wide receiver Jeremy Maclin commented this week on being a free agent recovering his ACL, “Give me a one year deal, that’s cool.” Quarterback Nick Foles, offensive lineman Evan Mathis, and wide receiver DeSean Jackson have made the Pro Bowl.
Ealges quarterbacks coach Bill Lazor will be leaving the team to accept a higher position on the Miami Dolphins as offensive coordinator. Shady McCoy has received yet another award, being named NFC Offensive Player of the Year by NFL 101 Awards.
The Flyers have sent Tye McGinn back to the Adirondack Phantoms in wake of Matt Read returning after missing 6 games with a concussion. In Matt Read’s return the Flyers picked up a 4-3 victory over the Buffalo Sabres. Vinny Lecavalier came up huge in waning moments of the game as he scored the game winning goal with 14.8 seconds left in the third period to give the team two points.
Matt Read showed little to no rust as he tallied the game winning assist. The Flyers return home was spoiled by the Nashville Predators 4-3 in shootout fashion. Steve Downie returned to the lineup after missing two games as a healthy scratch and played on the fourth line with Chris VandeVelde and Adam Hall. Andrej Mesxaros didn’t play particularly well defensively but did make up for it on the offensive end as he scored a goal and put it in majority of the work that led to Schenn’s goal. Goaltender Steve Mason took the blame for the loss as he said. “The guys gave me two opportunities to win the game, and I couldn’t do it; So I let them down tonight .”
Second year forward Arnett Moultrie said this week that leans towards him return from injury, “My ankle is fully healed. I did a hop test today, which I passed, and I felt good today in practice and now it is up to me to get the offense and defensive schemes and down and all the different calls.” The Sixers signed big man Dewayne Dedmon to a 10 day contract. General manager Sam Hinkie said this about Nerlens Noel status, “Noel is now able to participate in limited on court work.” The Sixers picked up the 95-92 home win against the Charlotte Bobcats in thrilling fashion. Thad Young hit the game winning three pointer after missing his first 2 attempts from 3 point range. Evan Turner scored 23 points, Spencer Hawes recorded his 13th double double as he scored 17 points and 14 rebounds while adding 7 assists, and MCW had 19 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 assists. LeBron James praised MCW as he said this, “He has been playing great basketball. Obviously he has his ups and downs like any ol’ rookie, but he has been playing steady basketball for his team, so they got a good one.”The Sixers fell to the Miami Heat in a 101-86 home loss. Forward Lavoy Allen missed his 4th straight game with a sore left knee. Guard Tony Wroten had 13 points, Spencer Hawes got his 14th double double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.