Lidge Latest to Start Season on DL; Ryan Madson or Jose Contreras to Close

Lidge Latest to Start Season on DL; Ryan Madson or Jose Contreras to Close

Yesterday it was Ruben Amaro Jr. finally admitting that Chase Utley will start the season on the DL and today it's Brad Lidge informing the world that he'll be right there with his second baseman in the dugout due to shoulder issues.

Lidge had this to say, per Todd Zolecki at the Zo Zone:

"Opening Day I won't be ready, based on what they're telling me. Because  we're going to have to rest it for a while. It's kind of up to them how  long they want to rest it for. Then after that ... get it examined. Dr.  Ciccotti is going to look at it more tomorrow, determine to get a MRI or  not. Then after that we'll start picking it up based on what he says.  But right now that's kind of all I know. I'm still experiencing some  discomfort in there, so we're going to get more analysis."

Lidge also says he wishes there was no pain. We hear ya, Brad. We wish there was no pain in the world too.

UPDATE:

Here's an interesting quote from Ruben noting that Madson has done nothing in the past to show the Phillies could rely on him as a closer. Quote via David Hale at Philled In:

Ruben, on whether the team views Madson as a potential closer…
“There’s nothing that Ryan’s done other than his ability – he may have  the ability to close as far as his stuff is concerned, but he has not  gotten to the point where he would be a guy that we could rely on yet  because he hasn’t proven that. Could he prove it at some point? Sure.  Could he be a closer at some point? Perhaps. But there’s nothing in his  career so far that has shown us that he’s ready to take that step  forward.”

Lack of confidence in Madson or some words to light a fire under his ass?

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 aggravating foot injury after 2014 surgery, almost quitting

Joel Embiid admits to aggravating 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.