Bryz Sick, Bob in, Bacashihua up

Bryz Sick, Bob in, Bacashihua up

CSNPhilly's Tim Panaccio is reporting that Ilya Bryzgalov is sick and will be a no-go for tonight's game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. A disappointing turn of events, Bryzgalov may have been able to use tonight to build on his 1-0 loss of a shutout against the Islanders on Tuesday. Bryzgalov is 4-0-0 with a 1.55 GAA lifetime against the Leafs.

Sergei Bobrovsky will be in net for the Orange & Black.

Jason Bacashihua has been recalled on an emergency basis from Adirondack should Bryz be unable to sit on the bench tonight. 

We (I) had previously speculated that the decision to recall Bacashihua instead of AHL All-Star Michael Leighton might have been for specific hockey reasons, but as our own Matt P. pointed out (as well as commenter @andymckechnie below), Bacashihua may not have to go through the same waiver-clearing process as Leighton (though there's also some question as to whether that applies in case of a medical emergency). 
In either case, you'll forgive me for being more than a little preoccupied with Michael Leighton. It's been a rough couple years.

Union see 4-game winning streak end in shutout loss to Real Salt Lake

Union see 4-game winning streak end in shutout loss to Real Salt Lake


SANDY, Utah -- Joao Plata scored his first goal of the season and Real Salt Lake beat the Union, 1-0, on Saturday night to snap Philadelphia's club-record winning streak at four games.

Plata tapped in his goal in the 36th minute after quickly exchanging short passes twice with Jefferson Savarino. Tony Beltran got the play started by saving the ball just before it went over the goal line.

The Union (4-5-5) had a chance to tie it in stoppage time, but goalie Nick Rimando blocked Haris Medunjanin's belt-high free kick and Salt Lake (4-8-2) cleared it after a scramble in front of the net.

Union goalkeeper Andre Blake made seven saves.

Howie Kendrick makes 4th rehab appearance in Lehigh Valley

Howie Kendrick makes 4th rehab appearance in Lehigh Valley

Howie Kendrick on Saturday night made his fourth rehab appearance in Triple A during Lehigh Valley's 13-1 rout of the Louisville Bats in Allentown.

Kendrick went 1 for 5 with a run scored and three strikeouts. He also grounded into a double play and left two runners in scoring position.

It was his second rehab game playing third base. He played third during his appearance in the IronPigs' 8-4 loss Thursday to the Indianapolis Indians. He was 0 for 1 in three plate appearances with a run scored and was hit by a pitch twice (see story).

The Phillies' plan for Kendrick was to have him play a minimum four games at Lehigh Valley. He played left field in two games and third base twice. Pete Mackanin said Wednesday that Kendrick would also get a game at first base but he hasn't gotten a game at first yet.

There is a chance Kendrick could be recalled Sunday before the Phillies’ series finale against the Cincinnati Reds depending on how he feels.

Kendrick has been sidelined since April 15 with an oblique strain. In 10 games before the injury, Kendrick went 13 for 39 (.333) with five extra-base hits and four walks while exclusively playing left field.