Iguodala On His and Chase Utley's Chondromalacia

Iguodala On His and Chase Utley's Chondromalacia

As if the Sixers recent struggles as of late weren't enough to deal with, Andre Iguodala's knees that bothered him so much last season have started to pester him again, forcing him to sit out Sunday in an ugly loss to the Spurs.

In a weird coincidence of words that are challenging to spell, Dre shares the same knee injury, known as chondromalacia, with Phillies second baseman Chase Utley. Utley's knees have not been responding well to early spring fielding drills, forcing him to sit out and even visit a specialist in Arizona last week. Chase will miss the start of the regular season.

Like Utley for much of last season, Iguodala has been trying to play through the pain, noting that it's been bothering him for the past month or so.

Dre was asked today about Chase's injury, and just kind of laughed it off, according to Martin Frank of Delaware Online.

So he understands Utley’s pain, although he responded with a laugh about Utley’s injury, which kept him out of the first seven weeks last
season and could do the same this season: “He [doesn’t] get off the
ground, though.”

Well, that's not entirely accurate. While Chase certainly doesn't lift on a nightly basis like Dre and other NBA players do, No. 26 is certainly known to get airborne when the situation calls for it.

For what it's worth, Dre also told reporters that he hopes to be back tomorrow against Cleveland. Chase Utley told reporters they'll have to wait and see.

Thanks guys.

Exhibit A: not touching the ground.

Exhibit B: hops!

Exhibit C: Superman!

Former Flyers defenseman Luke Schenn signs 2-year deal with Coyotes

Former Flyers defenseman Luke Schenn signs 2-year deal with Coyotes

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Arizona Coyotes have signed former Flyers defenseman Luke Schenn to a two-year contract.

The 26-year-old defenseman had four goals and 12 assists in 72 games with the Flyers and Los Angeles Kings last season. Schenn and Vinny Lecavalier were traded by the Flyers to the Kings last January in exchange for Jordan Weal and a third-round draft pick in last month's entry draft.

In his career, Schenn has 28 goals and 100 assists in 566 games with the Kings, Flyers and Toronto Maple Leafs. In three-plus seasons with the Flyers, Schenn scored 12 goals and added 30 assists.

Schenn was the first-round draft pick - fifth selection overall - by the Maple Leafs in 2008.

Coyotes general manager John Chayka called Schenn "a good, young defenseman" who will be "a solid addition" to the Arizona blue line.

- CSNPhilly.com contributed to this story.

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.”