Phillies Trade Ben Francisco to Toronto for Minor League Reliever

Phillies Trade Ben Francisco to Toronto for Minor League Reliever

Peace out, Benny Fresh.

According to MLB.com's Todd Zolecki, the Phillies have traded outfielder Ben Francisco to the Toronto Blue Jays for a minor league reliever.

Francisco was one of the nicer guys in the Phillies clubhouse, but his playing time and production were limited in an outfield that saw the emergence of John Mayberry Jr. With the addition of Laynce Nix earlier last month, Francisco's days in Philly looked like they could be numbered. Francisco was one of the guys the Phils were likely considering non-tendering this evening along with Wilson Valdez and Kyle Kendrick.

At least we'll have his epic pinch-hit home run against St. Louis in the 2011 postseason to remember him by.
#embedly_twitter_82139285{background:url(http://a3.twimg.com/profile_background_images/74551598/gbu_3.jpg)
#9AE4E8; padding:20px;} #embedly_twitter_82139285
p{background:#fff;padding:10px 12px 0px
12px;margin:0;min-height:48px;color:#000;font-size:18px;line-height:22px;-moz-border-radius:5px;-webkit-border-radius:5px}
#embedly_twitter_82139285
.embedly_tweet_content{background:#fff;padding:10px 12px 10px
12px;margin:0;min-height:48px;color:#000;font-size:18px
!important;line-height:22px;-moz-border-radius:5px;-webkit-border-radius:5px}
#embedly_twitter_82139285 p
span.metadata{display:block;width:100%;clear:both;margin-top:0px;height:40px;
padding-bottom: 12px;} #embedly_twitter_82139285 p span.metadata
span.author{line-height:15px;color:#999;font-size:14px}
#embedly_twitter_82139285 p span.metadata span.author
a{line-height:15px;font-size:20px;vertical-align:middle}
#embedly_twitter_82139285 p span.metadata span.author
img{float:left;margin:0 10px 0 0px;width:48px;height:48px}
#embedly_twitter_82139285 p a {color: #0084B4; text-decoration:none;}
#embedly_twitter_82139285 p a:hover{text-decoration:underline}
#embedly_twitter_82139285
.embedly_timestamp{font-size:13px;display:inline-block;margin-top: 5px;}
#embedly_twitter_82139285 .components-above
span.embedly_timestamp{font-size:10px;margin-top: 1px;line-height:12px}
#embedly_twitter_82139285 a {color: #0084B4; text-decoration:none;}
#embedly_twitter_82139285 a:hover{text-decoration:underline}
#embedly_twitter_82139285 .tweet-screen-name {font-size: 14px;
font-weight: bold;} #embedly_twitter_82139285 .tweet-full-name
{padding-left: 4px; color: #999; font-size: 12px;}
#embedly_twitter_82139285 .tweet-actions{margin-left:
10px;font-size:13px;display:inline-block;width:250px}
#embedly_twitter_82139285 .components-above
span.tweet-actions{font-size:10px} #embedly_twitter_82139285
.controls{line-height:12px!important} #embedly_twitter_82139285
.tweet-actions a {margin-left:5px} #embedly_twitter_82139285
.tweet-actions a b{font-weight:normal} #embedly_twitter_82139285
.components-above span.tweet-actions a
b{vertical-align:baseline;line-height:12px} #embedly_twitter_82139285
.components-above .tweet-text{font-size:13px;vertical-align:baseline}
#embedly_twitter_82139285 .tweet-image {float: left; width: 40px;}
#embedly_twitter_82139285 .tweet-user-block-image {float: left; width:
48px; height: 48px} #embedly_twitter_82139285 .tweet-row {margin-left:
40px; margin-top: 3px;line-height: 17px;} #embedly_twitter_82139285
.tweet-user-block {margin-left: -40px;} #embedly_twitter_82139285
.stream-item {padding-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 12px;}
#embedly_twitter_82139285 .simple-tweet-image img {margin-top: 4px;}
#embedly_twitter_82139285 .simple-tweet-content {margin: 0 0 13px 0px;
font-size: 14px; min-height:48px;} #embedly_twitter_82139285
.in-reply-to-border {border-color: #EBEBEB; border-style: solid;
border-width: 1px 0 0;} #embedly_twitter_82139285 .in-reply-to-text
{margin-left: 4px; padding-left: 8px; padding-right: 10px; color: #999;
font-size: 12px;} #embedly_twitter_82139285 .tweet-actions i
{background: transparent
url(http://a2.twimg.com/a/1306889658/phoenix/img/sprite-icons.png)
no-repeat;width:15px;height:15px;margin:0 4px -3px 3px;outline: none;
text-indent:-99999px;vertical-align:baseline;display:inline-block;position:relative;}
#embedly_twitter_82139285 .tweet-actions a.retweet-action i
{background-position:-192px 0;} #embedly_twitter_82139285 .tweet-actions
a.reply-action i {background-position:0 0;} #embedly_twitter_82139285
.tweet-actions a.favorite-action i {background-position:-32px 0;}

@ToddZolecki
Todd
Zolecki
The Phillies have traded Ben Francisco to Toronto for minor league
reliever Frank Gailey, Blue Jays announce.
Dec
12
via TweetDeckFavoriteRetweetReply

Orthopedist on Ben Simmons' injury: 'The prognosis is good'

Orthopedist on Ben Simmons' injury: 'The prognosis is good'

On Friday, Sixers fans got some bad news when the team revealed that No. 1 overall pick Ben Simmons fractured the fifth metatarsal in his right foot.

The Sixers didn't give a timetable for his return, saying that they were reviewing treatment options for the 6-foot-10 point-forward.

As a guest on CSNPhilly's Sportsnet Central, orthopedic surgeon Dr. Mark Schwartz gave a little insight into Simmons' injury. Schwartz is not treating Simmons, but has dealt with similar injuries. Schwartz believes the prognosis is good for the Sixers' rookie.

"The big question is where the exact location of this fracture is," Schwartz said. "That will dictate the prognosis and the treatment. If it's at the base of the fifth metatarsal, it's usually a non-surgical treatment. It's usually a cast/boot for six to eight weeks and return to play somewhere around eight weeks."

That would be great news considering Sixers fans didn't get to see Nerlens Noel the year he was drafted and are still awaiting the debut of 2014 draft pick Joel Embiid. 

Schwartz warns that the injury could be something known as a Jones fracture, which would likely require surgery and the recovery could be three to four months. The prognosis would still be good, according to Schwartz, but other NBA players have had lengthy recoveries with a similar injury.

"The prognosis is still good, but we know that Kevin Durant had a Jones fracture and he was out for an entire season because of it not healing," Schwartz said. "But the prognosis is good, however, the question is whether it's going to require surgery or not."

For more from Schwartz on Simmons' injury and possible timetable, check out the video above.

Penn beats Dartmouth, 37-24, behind Torgersen's 3 TDs

u-penn-alek-torgersen.jpg
USA Today Images

Penn beats Dartmouth, 37-24, behind Torgersen's 3 TDs

HANOVER, N.H. -- Alek Torgersen threw a touchdown pass and ran for two more scores as Pennsylvania rolled to a 37-24 victory over Dartmouth in the Ivy League opener for both teams on Friday night.

Torgersen finished with 188 yards passing, and bounced back from having his 17-game TD-passing streak snapped in a 31-17 loss at Fordham last week. He capped the Quakers' opening drive with a 28-yard scoring strike to Christian Pearson. Torgersen also bullied in from the 4 and 3-yard lines to help stretch Penn's lead to 35-10 late in the third quarter.

Tre Solomon ran for 107 yards on 29 carries and had scoring runs of 1 and 7 yards for Penn (1-2, 1-0).

Jack Heneghan was 27 of 43 for 289 yards passing, and threw two touchdown passes late in the fourth quarter to lead Dartmouth (2-1, 0-1).

It was second-year Penn coach Ray Priore's first win against Dartmouth.