Game Chat: Somebody Already Used the 'Chase Utley Deathwatch' Headline

Game Chat: Somebody Already Used the 'Chase Utley Deathwatch' Headline

Kudos to the folks over at the Good Phight for already using the "Chase Utley Deathwatch 2013 Begins" headline. I'm just bummed they beat us to it. Yes, the bad news of the day is that Chase Utley will not be in the lineup this evening and will be in Philadelphia tomorrow to get an MRI done on his right side/ribs.

This is what Charlie said about Utley following last night's game:

“When he took a swing, he felt a little burn, a pain in his rib cage,” manager Charlie Manuel said of Utley after Tuesday's game. “Sometimes if you keep playing that can get more serious and you lose time. I’ve had those things. It’s hard to breathe, really hard to swing. We’ll see. Hopefully we don’t lose him for very long.”

I suppose the silver lining in the Utley situation is that the team has Freddy Galvis ready to step in and play second. Obviously, Galvis doesn't have the pop Utley has and it leaves their bench rather thin.

If ever there were a time for Ben Revere, Michael Young, and Delmon Young to step up their production at the plate, now would seem as good as ever with Utley's bat not in the lineup. Revere and Delmon had strong showings on Tuesday night and hopefully they can continue to see the ball well.

As we mentioned earlier in the day, a Phillies win and Nationals loss tonight would set the two teams up for a weekend series where both teams enter with the same record. That has to be somewhat encouraging given the way the season has been somewhat disappointing, yes?

And the Phillies have Cliff Lee throwing against the Marlins tonight. If that doesn't get you hopeful for at least a win this evening, there is no hope for this team.

Lee (4-2, 2.83) will go up against Marlins right-hander Kevin Slowey (1-4, 3.44) tonight.

I believe, per the telecast last night, that tonight's game marks the 9th time the Phillies will attempt to bring their record to one game below .500 this season and they've failed to do so eighth previous times. HERE'S TO CLIFF TO CHANGE THAT!

7:10 start from Miami before an off-day tomorrow. Gotta win this one.

Here's Ruben Amaro earlier in the day on the team's injuries:

Cameron Rupp leaves game vs. Pirates after getting hit in head by pitch

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Cameron Rupp leaves game vs. Pirates after getting hit in head by pitch

Updated - 5:55 p.m.

PITTSBURGH -- Phillies catcher Cameron Rupp left the game in the third inning after being struck on the left ear flap of his batting helmet by a pitch from Pirates rookie right-hander Tyler Glasnow.

Rupp walked off the field under his own power and backup catcher Carlos Ruiz pinch ran for him and stayed in the game to catch starter Aaron Nola.

The Phillies later announced Rupp was removed from the game as a precaution and that he showed no symptoms of a concussion.

Less than 24 hours before, Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco was hit in the wrist by a pitch thrown by Pirates starter Gerrit Cole in Friday's 4-0 victory at PNC Park. Franco left the game and did not start on Saturday afternoon. He's listed as day to day (see story).

In the first inning on Saturday, Rupp hit into an inning-ending ground out. He is hitting .276 with 10 home runs in 63 games.

Maikel Franco day to day with sore wrist

Maikel Franco day to day with sore wrist

PITTSBURGH -- Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco, who was hit on the left wrist by a pitch on Friday night, is not in the starting lineup for Saturday’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates (see lineup).

Franco was hit by a pitch from the Pirates’ Gerrit Cole in the first inning of the Phillies’ 4-0 victory then was removed after hitting a single in the third inning (see story).

“He’s still sore,” Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said Saturday. “He’s day to day. Maybe he will be back in the lineup (Sunday).

Franco suffered a fracture of the same wrist last August when he was hit by a pitch.

Andres Blanco is taking Franco’s place in the lineup after having two hits Friday night when he replaced the third baseman. Blanco is hitting .264 with three home runs in 73 games this season and is reportedly drawing some interest from contending teams looking to add bench help.

“I could see why he would be a desirable player,” Mackanin said. “We’re not going to give him away, though, if we do trade him. He’s played very well for us.”

Source: Brayden Schenn spurns Flyers' 2-year offer, wants $5.5 million

Source: Brayden Schenn spurns Flyers' 2-year offer, wants $5.5 million

It looks like the Flyers and Brayden Schenn are heading towards arbitration. 

A source tells Flyers Insider Tim Panaccio that the Flyers and Schenn's camp are at odds over the salary of Schenn's next contract.

Schenn turned down a two-year deal worth $4.25 million in the first year and $4.369 million in the second, according to the source, noting that Schenn is looking for a deal that would pay him $5.5 million this upcoming season.

Schenn is coming off a career year, setting career highs in goals (26) and points (59), and is now looking to cash in on his best season. Last season, Schenn earned $2.75 million.

General manager Ron Hextall has repeatedly said he believes a deal will get done, but at the moment nothing looks imminent.

Schenn's arbitration hearing is scheduled for Monday.