It was a bit surprising to hear that the Flyers had placed goalie
Michael Leighton on re-entry waivers yesterday. With no acknowledged
health concerns between Sergei Bobrovsky and Brian Boucher and both
looking playoff-ready (albeit shy of "elite"), it just wasn't really
seen as an area of definite need.
The team took a risk in calling him
back up, exposing him to being plucked by another team for next season
at half his salary, with the other half being paid by the Flyers. Now
that he's cleared, there's no discernible downside to having another
healthy netminder around for what we hope is a long playoff run. Last
year, the team needed two, and damn near a third, due to injuries. You
can never be too careful or have too many capable goalies.
Leighton has been hot in the AHL of late, and the Flyers could
definitely use a spark. While we still assume Bob will be the playoff
starter, Leighton is expected to play in one of the final two games.
Who knows with this team and its goalies...
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 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.