Sometimes a change of scenery is good for everyone.
Sometimes a change of scenery doesn’t work out for anybody.
Kevin Kolb for Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was the latter. The
two of them were the principals in a major offseason trade in 2011, but Rodgers-Cromartie
bolted for Denver in free agency this week, while Kolb was released by the
Cardinals on Friday.
While DRC pretty much ran his self out of town with his
questionable effort last season, Kolb was in part a victim of circumstances in
Arizona. He played behind one of the worst offensive lines in the league, and
as a result, wound up being hurt more often than not.
Kolb had a 6-8 record as a starter in two seasons with the
Cardinals, producing an 83.2 passer rating. That’s not great, but imagine what
he might have done with any sort of protection.
Maybe I’ll always think Kevin Kolb is a little bit better
than he actually is. Would like to see him get another chance – a better one at
that – somewhere down the line.
At least it wasn’t totally lose-lose from the Eagles’
standpoint, not yet anyway. DRC didn’t work out, but the team still scored a
second-round pick in the deal, which they turned into Vinny Curry and Brandon
Boykin last April.
Of course, Curry hardly played last year, and Boykin’s
ceiling might be as a slot corner, so who knows how much they really got out of that.
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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Arizona Coyotes have signed former Flyers defenseman Luke Schenn to a two-year contract.
The 26-year-old defenseman had four goals and 12 assists in 72 games with the Flyers and Los Angeles Kings last season. Schenn and Vinny Lecavalier were traded by the Flyers to the Kings last January in exchange for Jordan Weal and a third-round draft pick in last month's entry draft.
In his career, Schenn has 28 goals and 100 assists in 566 games with the Kings, Flyers and Toronto Maple Leafs. In three-plus seasons with the Flyers, Schenn scored 12 goals and added 30 assists.
Schenn was the first-round draft pick - fifth selection overall - by the Maple Leafs in 2008.
Coyotes general manager John Chayka called Schenn "a good, young defenseman" who will be "a solid addition" to the Arizona blue line.
- CSNPhilly.com contributed to this story.
Updated - 5:55 p.m.
PITTSBURGH -- Phillies catcher Cameron Rupp left the game in the third inning after being struck on the left ear flap of his batting helmet by a pitch from Pirates rookie right-hander Tyler Glasnow.
Rupp walked off the field under his own power and backup catcher Carlos Ruiz pinch ran for him and stayed in the game to catch starter Aaron Nola.
The Phillies later announced Rupp was removed from the game as a precaution and that he showed no symptoms of a concussion.
Less than 24 hours before, Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco was hit in the wrist by a pitch thrown by Pirates starter Gerrit Cole in Friday's 4-0 victory at PNC Park. Franco left the game and did not start on Saturday afternoon. He's listed as day to day (see story).
In the first inning on Saturday, Rupp hit into an inning-ending ground out. He is hitting .276 with 10 home runs in 63 games.
PITTSBURGH -- Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco, who was hit on the left wrist by a pitch on Friday night, is not in the starting lineup for Saturday’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates (see lineup).
Franco was hit by a pitch from the Pirates’ Gerrit Cole in the first inning of the Phillies’ 4-0 victory then was removed after hitting a single in the third inning (see story).
“He’s still sore,” Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said Saturday. “He’s day to day. Maybe he will be back in the lineup (Sunday).
Franco suffered a fracture of the same wrist last August when he was hit by a pitch.
Andres Blanco is taking Franco’s place in the lineup after having two hits Friday night when he replaced the third baseman. Blanco is hitting .264 with three home runs in 73 games this season and is reportedly drawing some interest from contending teams looking to add bench help.
“I could see why he would be a desirable player,” Mackanin said. “We’re not going to give him away, though, if we do trade him. He’s played very well for us.”