One Anonymous NL Coach Isn't too Bullish on Ryan Howard's Legs

One Anonymous NL Coach Isn't too Bullish on Ryan Howard's Legs

Do you worry about Ryan Howard every time you watch him run?

Apparently there's a coach in the National League who does.

Andy Martino of the NY Daily News (via HBT) leads a basic notes writeup with concern for the long-term health of Howard and Albert Pujols.

It's mostly about Pujols -- who hasn't looked like the same guy since leaving St. Louis and is battling knee and foot issues -- but there's a curious note at the bottom about Howard, too:

Meanwhile, on the other side of the country, another marquee first baseman is hobbling. Howard blew out his achilles while grounding out to end the 2011 National League Division Series. This year, like Pujols, he is still moving gingerly.

Well, I don't know about that. He's never exactly been fleet of foot but he certainly looks more mobile than last season. Right?

“Every time I see Ryan Howard run, I worry that ankle is going to snap again,” said one National League coach.

Eeek.

Howard is, of course, in Year 2 of his five-year $125 million contract extension, an extension that won't look so "market-friendly" if the Big Piece collapses on his way to first again.

Through 13 games, he's batting .255 with a .291 OBP, .392 SLG, five RBI and one dinger.

Cue outrage about "unnamed sources" and how those individuals should "put their names on things" or whatever people say nowadays.

Source: Phillies agree to 1-year deal with reliever Joaquin Benoit

Source: Phillies agree to 1-year deal with reliever Joaquin Benoit

The Phillies have agreed to a one-year, $7.5 million contract with right-handed reliever Joaquin Benoit, a source tells CSN's Jim Salisbury.

Benoit, 39, was the 11th-oldest pitcher in baseball last season, but he's remained effective as he's aged. Since 2010, Benoit has a 2.40 ERA and 0.97 WHIP, he's struck out 10.0 batters per nine innings while walking 2.8, and allowed a .189 batting average.

Benoit has also maintained his velocity through the years. His fastball averaged 94.2 mph last season, which is actually faster than it was in 2010.

Benoit has been in the majors for 15 years, spending eight with Texas, three with Detroit, two with San Diego, one with Tampa Bay and a half-season apiece with Seattle and Toronto.

Benoit has experience closing but has spent the majority of his career as a setup man. Benoit, along with Hector Neris, figures to have a place in the eighth or ninth inning for the Phillies in 2017, perhaps pushing last year's closer, Jeanmar Gomez, back to the seventh inning.

The Phillies have not yet officially announced the signing of Benoit and will need to clear a spot on the 40-man roster to make room for him.

Not So Fast Joel Embiid: Nik Stauskas's dad claims his son is the original 'The Process'

Not So Fast Joel Embiid: Nik Stauskas's dad claims his son is the original 'The Process'

Philadelphia 76ers sharp shooter Nik Stauskas is back on his "Sauce and Co." podcast with a couple of very special guests: his Momma Ruta and Pappa Paul.

After being overly Canadian in their take on Friday night's brutal loss -- "less than stellar" --  to the Orlando Magic, Mr. Stauskas brings the heat with a fantastic "fun fact."

"Speaking of Joel, I have a fun fact for your audience here," Paul Stauskas says. "I have to give him a new moniker."

He doesn't exactly have a new one yet but...

"'The Process' has already been taken. In 2013 there was a documentary made about Nik called 'Nik Stauskas: The Process.' So if Embiid wants to continue using that, I'm affraid he's going to have to pay a royalty."

                         [Related: Joel Embiid feels 'The Process' is about him]

And if you hit up YouTube, there is is, a 21-minute documentary about a younger Nik Stauskas.

"If this does blow up, there may be some royalty fees he owes me," Nik adds. "I'll have to bring that up to Joel."

"He's got the cheddar," Paul says. "So he can pay up."

You can listen to the Stauskas family podcast in full below.