Roy Oswalt Looks to Finish Off Busy Stretch with Series Victory

Roy Oswalt Looks to Finish Off Busy Stretch with Series Victory

The Phillies will finish off a very tough stretch of 20 games in 20 days this afternoon and will enjoy their first off day on Thursday since way back on May 12th. They currently sit at 10-9 over that span, so a win today to avoid the series loss to the lowly Nationals would make that off-day juuust a bit more enjoyable for the Fightins.

It's Roy Oswalt (3-2, 2.60) against the Evil John Lannan (2-5, 4.40) for the Nationals.

Oswalt's Been Good

The CSN game notes does a little what-Roy's-numbers-would-look-like-minus-that-one-start, "If you discount the start before Roy Oswalt (3-2, 2.60) hit the DL, his season numbers stack up with any pitcher in the majors. In seven starts – without taking into account his injury-shortened loss to the D-Backs on April 26 – Oswalt has posted a 3-1 record with a 1.71 ERA, allowing just 39 hits in 42 innings with 29 strikeouts and nine walks. He is coming off a six-inning, one-run outing against the Mets, a game the Phils won 6-4."

In his last start, Roy pitched well against the Mets but did not figure in the decision of the Phils 6-4 victory. After some questions arose as to the velocity of his fastball upon returning from the DL, Lil Roy has allowed only 3 ER combined in his last 3 starts since returning.

No Brown

After Dom Brown went 2-4 last night, many fans were hoping to see Dom Brown back in the lineup this afternoon against a lefty. Sadly, Charlie Manuel likes to do what Charlie Manuel likes to do, and Brown will not get the start. Instead, John Mayberry Jr. will start in center and bat second while Ben Francisco will man right field.

Vic On the Mend

Shane continued his rehab last night in Reading and made a couple of real nice defensive plays, he says he's feeling great, and could return to the team this weekend in Pittsburgh.

First pitch scheduled for 1:05 this afternoon. 

Union emotional after Maurice Edu's season-ending injury

Union emotional after Maurice Edu's season-ending injury

CHESTER, Pa. — On the eve of his comeback after missing nearly 13 months with a left tibia stress fracture and other related injuries, Union midfielder Maurice Edu fractured his left fibula on Saturday, keeping him out for the 2016 playoffs and beyond.

“I was trying to take the shot on goal and my foot got stuck in the turf,” Edu said Sunday, in his blue Union-issued suit and supported by crutches. “My ankle rolled and twisted and it kind of snapped a little bit. I heard it crack, and a lot of pain from there. I got a scan afterward, and there was a break.”

There's no timetable his return.

Edu, 30, has spent over a calendar year fighting various injuries that have kept him out of game action. His trouble began on Sept. 30, 2015, when he played through the U.S. Open Cup final with a partially torn groin and sports hernia. It was during Edu’s recovery from those injuries that he developed a stress fracture.

"A little bit frustration. A lot of frustration, to be honest," he said. "But all I can do now is get back to work, focus on the positives and make sure that my situation isn’t a distraction from the team."

Edu’s teammates were equally devastated by the news. Edu, the Union captain when healthy, is popular and well-respected in the locker room.

"I feel so bad for him," said Alejandro Bedoya, who wore a dedication to Edu under his jersey on Sunday. "He’s one of my good friends, so I was looking forward to playing alongside him. I know how hard he’s worked to get back, and to see him go out like that, it’s heartbreaking. I’m sad for his loss and I hope he stays strong."

Edu, who has been with the Union since 2014, returned to training in July and played three conditioning appearances with the Union’s USL team, Bethlehem Steel FC. He was on the bench for the Union’s last three games and was set to make his first appearance in over a year against the New York Red Bulls on Sunday, a game the Union eventually lost, 2-0 (see game story).

"We’re gutted for Mo," Union manager Jim Curtin said. "He was slated to start today. It’s real upsetting because he’s worked so hard to get back on the field. It’s been a tough 2016 for him, but I know he’ll come back stronger."

While he was visibly shaken by recent injury, Edu is driven to return.

"What happened, happened," Edu said. "I have no control over that. The only thing I do have control over is my next steps from here, how I prepare myself mentally and emotionally and how I continue to support this group."

Watch: Malcolm Jenkins saves Jon Dorenbos, who can't work his magic with bow tie

Watch: Malcolm Jenkins saves Jon Dorenbos, who can't work his magic with bow tie

The magician himself needed help on this one.

His bow tie.

Hey, this is what teammates are for, right?

On Monday night, Eagles longsnapper and NBC's America's Got Talent star Jon Dorenbos emceed safety Malcolm Jenkins' third annual Blitz, Bow Ties and Bourbon charity event, which raises money for Philadelphia's youth and underserved communities.

Dorenbos, quite the wizard with his hands and card tricks, couldn't solve the bow tie.

“I had no clue,” Dorenbos said in an interview with CSN's John Clark. "In fact, this is the first bow tie I’ve ever worn.”

Jenkins had his back. Watch the Eagles' leader go to work and save Dorenbos in the video above.