Ruben Amaro Jr. addressed the media on Wednesday after making the signing of starting pitcher Roberto Hernandez official. The team also shared news that they brought catcher Lou Marson back to the organization and parted ways with the once highly touted catching prospect Sebastian Valle.
Ruben says he still believes in the talent of his ball club but points out that if they can't stay on the field and battle through serious injuries for much of the season, they'll be in trouble.
It's been a tough go of it for Amaro this offseason. No matter what he says or does, fans seem to be unhappy with the direction he's chosen to take the club in.
That's why I think that creepy Christmas display with a mesmerizing moving candle is strategically placed to hypnotize us into buying what he's saying.
And you all thought Ruben didn't have a strategy.
In addition to Marson, the team also signed Tony Gwynn Jr., right-handed pitcher Sean O'Sullivan, and outfielder Dave Sappelt to minor league deals with invites to spring training in Clearwater.
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!