Darren Daulton has surgery to remove brain tumors

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Darren Daulton has surgery to remove brain tumors

Former Phillie Darren Daulton had two brain tumors removed while undergoing seven hours of surgery on Monday at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

Daulton, who now hosts a radio show on 97.5 FM The Fanatic, announced last week that he had been diagnosed with the brain tumors.

The surgery was performed by Dr. Kevin D. Judy, M.D., who specializes in neurosurgery.

"We did what's called an awake craniotomy," Judy said. "We took him to the operating room and sedated him, but did not use general anesthesia, so then we used a form of novocaine to numb up his scalp and then once we opened everything up, we woke him up so we could directly map the language function on his brain."

With the permission from Daulton's family, Judy announced that the 51-year-old Daulton had a glioma, which is a tumor that arises from the brain tissue itself and is not spread from cancer anywhere else in the body. Judy said that they do not have the final pathology on the glioma, but "patients over 40 (years of age) with gliomas, just about all of them are treated with radiation." However, Judy said until they see the final pathology, the particulars for Daulton's recovery are undetermined.

Judy said Daulton's spirits are high and he's been speaking quite a bit.

Daulton brought himself to medical attention because he had difficulty fully understanding and expressing himself.

"I would expect it's going to take him probably three to four weeks to get over the surgery," Judy said. "As far as full recovery, he did have some trouble prior to surgery with the language function, so we'll have to see how that evolves."

Fans can continue to send Daulton get well wishes at dutch@975thefanatic.com.

Phillies promote outfielder Andrew Pullin to Triple A after strong run with Reading

Phillies promote outfielder Andrew Pullin to Triple A after strong run with Reading

Cameron Perkins' call-up to the majors opened up an outfield spot at Triple A Lehigh Valley and Andrew Pullin was the beneficiary, earning a promotion Thursday.

Pullin's success at Double A Reading has been somewhat overshadowed by Scott Kingery's eye-popping first three months but Pullin has nearly kept pace with the second baseman all season. In 67 games with Reading, the 23-year-old Pullin hit .308/.368/.556 with 22 doubles, 14 home runs and 46 RBIs.

The left-handed hitting Pullin has been locked in for the better part of the last two years. He hit .322 with an .885 OPS last season, splitting time between Clearwater and Reading.

Pullin is not on the 40-man roster and in December was exposed in the Rule 5 draft. For whatever reason, he went unclaimed. It's difficult to imagine that happening again this winter if he's not protected on the 40.

As for Kingery, expect his promotion to come soon. Phillies general manager Matt Klentak said last week that the next challenge for Kingery is looming. Don't be surprised if that promotion from Double A to Triple A occurs Monday when the IronPigs return to Lehigh Valley. With Reading home this weekend, it would be just a short trip for Kingery.

Today's lineup: Odubel Herrera batting 3rd as Aaron Altherr gets day off

Today's lineup: Odubel Herrera batting 3rd as Aaron Altherr gets day off

Odubel Herrera made a costly mistake in the Phillies' 10th-inning, 7-6 loss to the Cardinals Wednesday night.

With the game tied in the bottom of ninth, Herrera ran through a stop sign from third base coach Juan Samuel and was subsequently thrown out at home by a mile, thus putting an end to the inning. When the Phils came out onto the field for the top of the 10th inning, Herrera was taken out of the game via a double-switch. 

Herrera won't have to wait long to have a chance to redeem himself as he was moved from sixth to third in the Phils' lineup Thursday, with the team looking to avoid having a series swept from them for a second consecutive time. Aaron Altherr, who had been mostly manning the No. 3 spot in the order, was given the day off. Howie Kendrick, who paces the Phillies with a .350 batting average, was also left out of the lineup in favor of Andrés Blanco.

Cameron Perkins, who made his first major league start in the leadoff spot last night, will bat first again after collecting a pair of hits.

Carlos Martinez will take the mound for the Cardinals looking to deliver the Phillies their 14th loss in the last 15 games. Martinez (6-5, 2.86 ERA) tossed a complete-game shutout against the Phils on June 10, surrendering just four hits while striking out 11 in a 7-0 St. Louis win.

Opposite Martinez will be Aaron Nola (3-5, 4.76 ERA), who tossed five innings of three-run ball in his only start against the Cardinals this season on June 10. Nola has been tagged with a loss in five of his last six outings. 

Here is today's full lineup:

1. Cameron Perkins, RF
2. Freddy Galvis, SS
3. Odubel Herrera, CF
4. Maikel Franco, 3B
5. Daniel Nava, LF
6. Tommy Joseph, 1B
7. Andrés Blanco, 2B
8. Cameron Rupp, C
9. Aaron Nola, P