David Herndon Claimed by Toronto

David Herndon Claimed by Toronto

And just like that, the David Herndon era is over in Philadelphia. According to reports, the right-handed reliever was claimed off waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday.

Herndon's 2012 was cut short by a flexor pronator strain that required Tommy John surgery in June. He will not be ready in time for Opening Day next year.

Prior to the injury, Herndon was 0-1 with a 4.70 ERA in five appearances this season. In three years with the Phillies, the 27 year old was 2-8 with a 3.85 ERA in 97 games. His best numbers were in'11, when he posted a 3.32 and 8.5 hits per nine over 57 innings pitched.

While he is mostly unremarkable, the loss of Herndon was one of the overlooked reasons why the Phillies' relief pitching was so terrible this year. He was often the target of fans' scorn, but no one ever asked him to be Cy Young. He was the type of serviceable, back-end-of-the-bullpen arm every team has, and that the Phils lacked for almost an entire season.

6 months later, Cubs' Kyle Schwarber returns for World Series Game 1

6 months later, Cubs' Kyle Schwarber returns for World Series Game 1

CLEVELAND — Chicago Cubs slugger Kyle Schwarber's rehab finished just in time for the World Series.

Schwarber will bat fifth and be the designated hitter for the National League champions in Game 1 on Tuesday night against Cleveland's Corey Kluber. Schwarber hasn't played in the majors since tearing ligaments in his left knee on April 7 in a collision with teammate Dexter Fowler.

Dallas Cowboys orthopedic surgeon Dr. Daniel Cooper operated 12 days later to repair torn anterior cruciate and lateral collateral ligaments. He was expected to miss the rest of the season but was cleared to return on Oct. 17.

Schwarber played a pair of games in the Arizona Fall League, going 1 for 6 with a double and two walks, and flew to Cleveland on Monday.

Nerlens Noel undergoes surgery on sore left knee

Nerlens Noel undergoes surgery on sore left knee

Nerlens Noel has had surgery on his sore left knee, and the Sixers have not disclosed a timetable for the disgruntled center's return.

Noel has been out since the team's first preseason game. He initially had a left groin strain before experiencing soreness in the knee during rehab, and it was discovered he had an inflamed plica. 

The team is calling the surgery a "minor elective arthroscopic procedure." It was performed in New York by Dr. Riley J. Williams at the Hospital for Special Surgery.

Noel eventually will travel to Birmingham, Ala. to rehab with associate clinical director Kevin Wilk at Champion Sports Medicine.

The Sixers expect to have a timetable for his return once Noel returns to Philadelphia. According to Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer, Noel is expected to miss three to five weeks. 

This has been a rough preseason for Noel, who hasn't hidden his displeasure with his role on the Sixers' jammed frontcourt. The team has until Oct. 31 to extend his rookie contract but, per a report in the Inquirer earlier this month, the two sides have yet to discuss it.