Lil Roy vs. Dodgers, Plus Charlie's Watching Tom Gordon's Kid

Lil Roy vs. Dodgers, Plus Charlie's Watching Tom Gordon's Kid

CBP -- It's a hot one tonight in South Philly as the Phillies will try to beat the Dodgers for the second straight evening. Roy Oswalt (3-3, 2.70) will take on young right-handed L.A. prospect Rubby De La Rosa (1-0, 1.80). Charlie Manuel's scouting report on the righty, "He's got a good fastball and he's got a curve/changeup. He throws hard and he's supposed to be a good prospect. That's what I know about him."

The other interesting note from the Dodgers lineup today is their leadoff man getting his first career start, Dee Gordon, son of former Phillie Tom Gordon. Charlie Manuel loves the super speedy 23-year old who went first-to-third last night in an amazing clip.

"I want to trade for him. I do," Manuel said. "I want him."

Utley Off Day Tomorrow?

Another guy Manuel wanted in his lineup for the majority of the first two months of the season, Chase Utley, will make his fifth straight start tonight at second base. But look for Chase to get one of those off-days tomorrow they talked about so much when Utley first returned. Charlie just can't seem to put Utley on the bench.

"More than likely stay away from Chase tomorrow," Charlie said. "There's a good chance of that."

J-Roll Could See DL

Don't look for Jimmy Rollins back in the next few days, an MRI showed a deep bone bruise. "He was doing better yesterday, hopefully he was doing better today too," Manuel said.

That was before Ruben Amaro Jr. informed us that Rollins will be reevaluated in the next 24-48 hours and could possibly land on the DL.

Oswalt Against the Dodgers

Lil Roy wasn't thrilled to be pulled from his last start early against the Nationals, but the Phillies desperately needed some offense. He'll look to continue his solid post-DL work against a Dodgers team he's fared well against -- 5-0, 1.49 ERA in 42.1 IP over his last 6 starts against the Dodgers.

The Phils Lineup this evening: Vic, Polly, Utley, Howard, Raul, Chooch, Dom, Wilson, Oswalt.

First pitch scheduled for 7:05 from CBP.

Phillies' rookie Zach Eflin has surgery on left knee

Phillies' rookie Zach Eflin has surgery on left knee

Six weeks after undergoing surgery to repair the patella tendon in his right knee, Phillies rookie Zach Eflin went under the knife again Friday.

As expected, Eflin had the same surgery - performed by Dr. Steve Cohen - done on his left knee.

According to the Phillies, Eflin will be immobilized for six weeks and is expected to make a full recovery.

Eflin, 22, has been dealing with knee problems since he was about 11 years old. The issues caused him to make just 11 starts in his rookie campaign. 

“You know this is an issue he’s been fighting since he was a kid,” general manager Matt Klentak said on the day of Eflin’s first surgery in August. “I think he told me since he was 11 years old, he first started battling knee problems. The hope here is that it’s going to alleviate the problem. And that he’s not going to have to deal with it. And in just talking candidly with Zach last night, while not excited to undergo the knife today, he was pretty excited about the possibility of coming to spring training next year pain-free for the first time in his life.”

That is still the expectation.

Eflin finished his rookie year 3-5 with a 5.54 ERA in 63 ⅓ innings pitched. He was 5-2 with a 2.90 ERA in 68 ⅓ innings at Triple A Lehigh Valley.

Temple's Trey Lowe to redshirt as recovery from car accident continues

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Temple's Trey Lowe to redshirt as recovery from car accident continues

Temple head coach Fran Dunphy had a feeling some bad news would come regarding guard Trey Lowe's status for the coming season. On Friday, it was made official.

Lowe, a freshman who suffered serious upper-body injuries in a single-car crash in his native New Jersey last February, will miss all of the 2016-17 season and take a medical redshirt as he continues to recover, Dunphy announced on Friday.

"We all feel that this is in the best interest for Trey, as a person, a basketball player and a student," Dunphy said in a statement released by the university. "We feel at this time that concentrating on his rehabilitation this year will give him the best chance to come back strong and healthy for 2017-18. Trey will still be a big part of the team during this redshirt year, while continuing to work with our medical and strength team in preparation for his full return to action.”

Lowe was just starting to come into his own at the collegiate level around the time of the unfortunate accident. In a Feb. 17 game at the Liacouras Center against then-No.1 and eventual national champion Villanova, Lowe dropped a career-high 21 points. Though the Owls lost, 83-67, Lowe had made an impact and earned the trust of Dunphy, which isn't easy to do as a freshman.

A three-star recruit, Lowe played in all 28 games, including five starts, prior to his injury and averaged 4.8 points and 1.8 assists in 12.3 minutes per game. He would be a redshirt sophomore if he's ready to return for the 2017-18 season.

The absence of Lowe will leave the Owls particularly thin at guard this year. You may recall senior point guard Josh Brown, who was to be counted on as the Owls' leader this season, tore his Achilles tendon during an offseason workout. His status for this season is still unknown as he continues to rehab from his injury.

Junior forward Obi Enechionyia, who averaged 11 points per game last season, is Temple's leading returning scorer.

The onus to produce at guard will be placed on redshirt senior Daniel Dingle and sophomore Shizz Alston, Jr. True freshmen Quinton Rose and Alani Moore will also likely have to chip in.

They have just over a month to get ready. Temple hosts La Salle in both schools' season opener on Friday, Nov. 11 at the Liacouras Center.