Chooch's Huge 2012 Derailed 4-6 Weeks on DL

Chooch's Huge 2012 Derailed 4-6 Weeks on DL

Already known to be battling plantar fasciaitis, Carlos Ruiz's bum wheel prognosis got worse on Saturday morning, as the Phillies announced the All-Star catcher has been placed on the DL with a partial tear in his foot. He is expected to miss 4-6 weeks, with an evaluation in 2 weeks. In related news, the next 4-6 weeks just slid down the bearability scale in a huge way. 
With little left to play for in a disastrous 2012, shutting Chooch down is a no-brainer. Unfortunately, the DL stint thwarts one of the few things we had to look forward to on a nightly basis this season. Already long established as a fan favorite, Ruiz found ways to improve in 2012, flirting with batting title aspirations for a time and leading the way at the plate rather than just behind it. With the normal big guns on the DL to start the season, Chooch carried the team offensively as best he could. 
Ruiz heads to the DL carrying a slash line of .335/.399/.559/.959, with career-highs at 14 homers and 58 RBI and two months left on the schedule. 
Now, like the rest of us, Chooch has to watch helplessly as this show plays out.  
The tandem of Brian Schneider and Erik Kratz are expected to shoulder the catching duties the rest of the way, and Hector Luna has been recalled to take Chooch's roster spot. 

Report: Eagles expected to hire Mike Groh as receivers coach

Report: Eagles expected to hire Mike Groh as receivers coach

It look like the Eagles have found their replacement for Greg Lewis.

According to ESPN's Adam Caplan, the Eagles are expected to hire Rams receivers/passing game coordinator Mike Groh.

The news that the Eagles fired Lewis came out on Jan. 9 and the team has been looking for a replacement. They reportedly interviewed Groh and Bills receivers coach Sanjay Lal.

Groh, 45, spent the 2016 season with the Rams after three years as the Bears' receivers coach. Groh is available because the Rams switched head coaches, bringing in Sean McVay.

Before coming to the NFL, Groh was a longtime coach at the college level. He is the son of former Virginia head coach Al Groh and eventually became an offensive coordinator under his father before bouncing from Alabama to Louisville and then back to Alabama before heading to the NFL. 

Groh was actually the quarterback at Virginia in the 90s before his father ever coached there. Groh's first coaching job was under his father as assistant coach with the Jets in 2000, when Al Groh was named their head coach for the season. 

If the Eagles are looking to sign a big-name free agent at wide receiver, there could be a reunion of sorts in Philly. During his four seasons as an NFL receivers coach, Groh has worked with Alshon Jeffery and Kenny Britt, who are two of the top receivers who will be available.

The Eagles started their season with a first-round pick, two second-round picks and a third-round pick at wide receiver, but their unit was one of the worst in the NFL. Jordan Matthews was consistent, but tight end Zach Ertz was the team's leading receiver.

It's unlikely Groh will have the same unit to work with as Lewis did in 2016, but it is likely Groh will be expected to get more out of his group in 2017.