Joe Blanton's Back for the Title Run

Joe Blanton's Back for the Title Run

CITIZENS BANK PARK -- Following yesterday's long and ugly 14-inning affair, the Phillies could use a couple of fresh arms in their bullpen. David Herndon can only walk batters for so many innings. So it's welcomed news that Joe Blanton has been activated from the 60-day DL this afternoon in time for the Braves three-game set in Philadelphia.

Kyle Kendrick was also activated from the paternity-leave list so the Phils will have two guys who can handle plenty of work out of the 'pen. That said, Cliff Lee is tonight's scheduled starter, so the pen may get the night off.

Blanton is somewhat of the forgotten man this season. He hasn't pitched for the Phils since way back in mid-May, and Vance Worley has stepped in as a more than adequate fifth starter, so it wasn't like fans were clamoring for Joe the Lumber to get back into the rotation.

He made only one rehab start with Lakewood over the weekend so it wasn't like we saw this move coming for a while. At many points this summer, many believed Blanton's season was over.

Charlie Manuel said before the game tonight that he'd like to be able to work Blanton in to a game under ideal circumstances, but if they need to throw him in in a tight spot, he won't shy away from him.

Blanton's only had that one rehab start during which he pitched one inning. So he'll be limited to an inning or perhaps two.

"The most I've thrown in a rehab game the other day was 11 pitches," Blanton said.
"That's all I have to base off right now. Usually you can take that for
at least another inning I would imagine."

How Charlie plans to use Blanton out of the pen remains to be seen, and Blanton's not entirely sure himself.

"I'm just going to go out there and be ready at all times."

"I'm glad to be able to come back and hopefully be able to help the team a little bit," Blanton said.

Best of NHL: Trocheck's last-second goal lifts Panthers past Blues

Best of NHL: Trocheck's last-second goal lifts Panthers past Blues

ST. LOUIS -- Vincent Trocheck scored with just under 5 seconds remaining to lift the Florida Panthers to a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Monday night.

Jonathan Marchessault also scored and James Reimer stopped 26 shots to help the Panthers complete a 5-0 road trip -- their first perfect trip of at least that many games in franchise history.

Reimer has won five straight decisions and has not lost in regulation since Jan. 7 against Boston, going 6-0-1 since.

The Panthers moved into a tie with Boston for third place in the Atlantic Division, but have the edge because they have a game in hand on the Bruins.

Kyle Brodziak, playing for the second time after missing 10 games due to a broken foot, scored for the Blues and Jake Allen finished with 31 saves. St. Louis lost its second straight since winning six in a row (see full recap).

Coyotes use three-goal 1st period to beat Ducks
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Radim Vrbata capped Arizona's three-goal first period and the Coyotes held on for 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Monday night.

Christian Dvorak and Jakob Chychrun also scored for Arizona, and starting goalie Mike Smith had 27 saves before leaving about 4 1/2 minutes into the third period after a collision in the net. Marek Langhamer helped kill a power play after being pressed into action for his NHL debut and stopped six of the seven shots he faced.

The Coyotes have won four of their last six.

Langhamer gave up Ryan Getzlaf's second goal of the night with 26.8 seconds to play, but thwarted two quality shots in the final seconds.

Jonathan Bernier gave up three goals on six shots in the first period for the Ducks. John Gibson came on to start the second and stopped all 14 shots he faced (see full recap).

Joel Embiid admits to reaggravating foot injury after 2014 surgery, almost quitting

Joel Embiid admits to reaggravating foot injury after 2014 surgery, almost quitting

Joel Embiid trusts the Process, more so than anyone — the process of patience.

After sitting out two whole seasons because of foot injuries, Embiid learned the importance of patience the hard way.

Appearing on NBA TV's Open Court, Joel Embiid opened up about how he reaggravated the fracture in his foot that cost him the 2015-16 season.

"I didn't know how to deal with patience," Embiid said on the roundtable discussion. "I just wanted to do stuff, that's why I think I needed a second surgery, because after my first one, I just wanted to play basketball again. I just wanted to be on the court and I pushed through what I wasn't supposed to.

"At one point I thought about quitting. I just wanted to come back home and just forget everything."

Embiid goes on to discuss the Sixers' turnaround this season and his mindset during his recovery. Watch the full clip below. 

Embiid also said he models his game after Hakeem Olajuwon.