Is the Brian Dawkins We Knew Finished?

Is the Brian Dawkins We Knew Finished?

Coming into this season, Eagles fans kind of all expected B-Dawk to strap in and put in one of his signature beastly seasons we've come to know him for.  Sure, he was approaching the twilight of his career, but he had another good season or two in him.  Right?

Turns out he likely won't be in the lineup for the Jets game this week, marking almost a month since he's seen the field.  The original injury was a neck "stinger" which typically takes about a week to recover from, if that.  Even Dawkins himself isn't sure what the deal is, "It's frustrating, very frustrating.  All I can do
is do what the doctors tell me and hope I'm able to play soon. It's a
slow process, and I don't know how long it will take. Hopefully, not
too long. It kills you to not be out there with your teammates,
especially when things aren't going well."

Andy Reid seems to think it has the potential to be fairly serious, "When you're dealing with nerves, you don't know,.  You just
don't know how long those are going to take, so you literally take them
day by day. They could take a long time or something could change by
tomorrow. Dawk is very honest with us on how he feels, and that's
important. We know he wants to be out there. It's killing him not to be
out there."

It's certainly not encouraging that he's been out this long but it also hasn't
really affected the defense all that much.  Neck and nerve injuries -- like concussions -- are serious business.  The bigger question
remains, is the old Dawkins we knew a player we may never see again?

Former Phillies pitcher, Hall of Famer Jim Bunning dies at 85

Former Phillies pitcher, Hall of Famer Jim Bunning dies at 85

LOUISVILLE, Ky.-- Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Bunning, who pitched six seasons with the Phillies and went on to serve in Congress, has died. He was 85.

Bunning's death was confirmed by Jon Deuser, who served as chief of staff when Bunning was in the Senate. Deuser said he was notified about the death by Bunning's family.

Bunning won 224 games in a 17-year major-league career and pitched the first perfect game in modern National League history. It came with the Phillies on June 21, 1964.

He became the first pitcher after 1900 to throw no-hitters in both the American and National Leagues.

He belonged to a rare group of major league pitchers to throw a perfect game in the modern era.

A Kentucky Republican, he was the only member of the Baseball Hall of Fame to serve in Congress. He served in both the House and Senate.

Today's Lineup: Cesar Hernandez (groin) returns

Today's Lineup: Cesar Hernandez (groin) returns

Cesar Hernandez returns to the Phillies' punchless lineup on Saturday afternoon against the Reds (4 p.m./TCN).

Hernandez, who missed Friday night's 5-2 loss with a groin injury, is back at second base and leading off. Hernandez has led off in all 44 games he's started this season. The fifth-year pro has struggled after getting off to a torrid start. He's hitting just .185 (10 for 54) over his last 14 games.

After bouncing around the lineup, centerfielder Odubel Herrera returns to his customary spot in the two-hole. Herrera's season is a microcosm of the Phils' woeful offense. An All-Star in 2016, Herrera is hitting just .227 this season. Manager Pete Mackanin hopes the Venezuelan will hit his way out of it soon (see story).

Here is the rest of today's lineup:
1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Odubel Herrera, CF
3. Aaron Altherr, LF
4. Tommy Joseph, 1B
5. Michael Saunders, RF
6. Maikel Franco, 3B
7. Cameron Rupp, C
8. Freddy Galvis, SS
9. Jerad Eickhoff, P