Frustrated by the Phillies' approach at the plate? From his Wednesday afternoon press conference, Charlie Manuel on plate discipline:
-- "Yeah, I'm on board with Ruben on changing the approach. We gotta grind out more at-bats, learn how to work the count better. You know, plate discipline."
-- "We'll take a fastball right down the middle. And then you'll see a guy swing at a ball down in the dirt."
-- "I get upset sometime when you guys say that we don't hit as well as I think we should hit or you think we should hit. I don't care if you like it or not. I know how good of a hitting coach I am...We we will get better."
Pass on the fastball. Swing on the junk in the dirt. Charlie summed it up pretty well.
He would go on to defend hitting coach Greg Gross and insist that John Mayberry will be given every opportunity to become an every day player next year. Though he passed on pointing out specific expectations, citing that he simply didn't know who would and would not be back, Charlie made it clear that his team's ultimate goal will still be to win the World Series, a goal the manager believes he can achieve with "this current core of players."
Sixers point guard T.J. McConnell is doubtful for Wednesday's home game against the Raptors with a right wrist sprain.
McConnell was in a splint at practice Tuesday and said he would try to play but would leave it up to the medical staff.
McConnell is averaging 4.8 points and 5.4 assists in 38 games. The Sixers went 5-2 in the last seven games he started before his injury, and won 113-104 in Milwaukee without him. Sergio Rodriguez started at PG in McConnell's place and had 10 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Chasson Randle backed up the point and had 10 points and a pair of threes.
Big men update
Joel Embiid did not practice Tuesday and is listed as probable for Wednesday night when the Sixers (13-26) host the Raptors (27-13).
“Joel Embiid ... was a little bit, had the flu,” Brett Brown said.
Brown also added that he does not think Embiid's minutes limit will increase beyond 28 this season.
Jahlil Okafor (probable) did not participate in practice and received treatment. Brown said Okafor had soreness. Gerald Henderson is also probable and had an individualized workout Tuesday.
So far, 2017 has been a pretty big year for Wayne Simmonds.
In addition to being named to his first All-Star team this year, Simmonds clearly had big plans on how to spend his bye week away from hockey, before returning to play the New Jersey Devils on Saturday. He popped the question to his girlfriend, Crystal Corey, and she said yes.
Simmonds announced the engagement on his Instagram.
It could be good news for the Flyers, too. Simmonds is the second Flyer to get engaged this season after Claude Giroux popped the question in December after winning three in a row. The Flyers made the winning streak an even 10 after. Congratulations, Wayne!