The Phillies are keeping whoever has to update the roster on their official website quite busy these days, with players coming and going on the DL more than we'd like. Some stability would be a nice luxury, but the Phils are dealing with injury well enough for the best record in the NL. They travel to Florida this evening where Joe Blanton will make his return from the list of disableds to take on the Marlins and hopefully notch his first 'W' of the season.
Roy Oswalt is set to throw another bullpen session on Tuesday and if all goes well the team plans to have him throw in a minor league game on Thursday before hopefully rejoining the big club early next week. Rich Dubee told reporters today that he hopes to get Oswalt on the hill next Tuesday against St. Louis.
As beat writer Ryan Lawrence pointed out on Twitter, Oswalt could start on Thursday in Clearwater, where Chase Utley could be playing second base and Carlos Ruiz could be catching. That's a hot minor league ticket.
Joe Blanton (0-1, 5.92) is back from his DL stint and will start tonight against right-hander Javier Vazquez (2-2, 6.39). This evening's game doesn't have the headliners that tomorrow's does when Doc Halladay will face Josh Johnson. That's a bit of a pitcher's duel.
First pitch tonight is 7:10 from beautiful Sun Life Stadium. Joe Blanton always enjoys a good fish fry.
Performing artist Sevyn Streeter was scheduled to sing the national anthem Wednesday night before the Sixers' season opener but says she was replaced because of the jersey she was wearing.
Jemila Worthy, a member of the Sixers' dance team, sang the anthem instead.
Streeter says change was made because she was wearing a jersey with the words "We Matter" displayed on the front.
"I'm at the 76ers game to sing the national anthem," she said in a video on Twitter, "and the organization is telling me that I can't because I'm wearing a 'We Matter' jersey."
The Sixers responded with the following statement:
"The Philadelphia 76ers organization encourages meaningful actions to drive social change. We use our games to bring people together, to build trust and to strengthen our communities. As we move from symbolic gestures to action, we will continue to leverage our platform to positively impact our community."
In the Sixers' preseason finale against the Heat in Miami, Denasia Lawrence performed the anthem while wearing a "Black Lives Matter" shirt and kneeling on one knee (see story). She said she did it to protest racial oppression.
Streeter is the latest to use the national anthem as a stage to protest racism and social injustice. San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began the well-documented movement by refusing to stand during the anthem, and various other professional athletes have made their own statements.
In a protest planned by safety Malcolm Jenkins, a handful of Eagles raised their fists during the anthem before the team's Week 2 game against the Bears on Monday Night Football.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.