Phillies Extras: Club Well Rested, but Hamels Has MRI

Phillies Extras: Club Well Rested, but Hamels Has MRI

It's been a long couple of days for sports enthusiasts in the Delaware Valley. Sunday's final tilt between the Phils and Nats was rained out, and the good guys were off on Monday, leaving us with two full days worth of content directly from James van Riemsdyk's Twitter feed. It's my understanding JVR has an invitation on the table to join the site and cover Philly sports full time.

The Fightins are back in action tonight though, as they kick off the final leg of their current homestand against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Menta has an in-depth series preview on the way, but until then, a few notes to get everybody back into the swing of things.

By the way, the postponed game against Washington has been rescheduled to September 20, and becomes one-half of a day-night double-header. It remains to be seen whether the NL East is still in play (statistically speaking) at that time. [CSN]

Cole Hamels, who told reporters he had trouble getting loose during Friday's outing, had a precautionary MRI yesterday according to various outlets. The Phillies are insisting the All Star pitcher is just going through a "dead arm" phase, something every pitcher will deal with from time to time, but should we be worried anyway?

In yesterday's Inquirer, Bob Brookover pointed out the Phils could be on an October collision course with Arizona. The DBacks currently hold a 2.5 game-lead over the Giants in the NL West, and if the season ended today, they would indeed be on their way to Citizens Bank Park to begin the post-season. [Philly.com]

Philly leads have generally been safe this season, despite all the upheaval at the back end of the bullpen, but no lead will feel safe in this series. Not unlike our own '08 Phils, the Diamondbacks have been something of a comeback menace this season, picking up their 34th such victory of the season against the Mets last week. [Snakepit]

And in news that matters, Arizona Republic columnist Paola Boivin wants you to know that Charlie Sheen is impressed by what he's seen from the DBacks of late. That club must be an unstoppable force, like Sheen's run on Two and a Half Men. Wait... [AZ Central]

Finally, the good news after two days without baseball is the Phillies should be well-rested. John Finger mentioned the break helping a sore Cole Hamels in one of the links above, but it should help out a lot of players in that veteran clubhouse--especially after that brutal 10-game west coast road trip.

Now they should be ready to run the train on these upstart DBacks, who took two of three off the home team in their first series all the way back in April.

Union see 4-game winning streak end in shutout loss to Real Salt Lake

Union see 4-game winning streak end in shutout loss to Real Salt Lake

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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 makes 4th rehab appearance in Lehigh Valley

Howie Kendrick makes 4th rehab appearance in Lehigh Valley

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.