With the Eagles out of the playoffs, and the Flyers and Sixers both enjoying a rare day off, we're here to update you on the riveting world of off-season minor league baseball acquisitions.
The Phillies signed veteran starter Joel Pineiro to a minor league contract on Sunday and have invited the 33-year-old to, as Jim Salisbury put it, "big-league spring training camp."
"Pineiro, 33, is 104-93 with a 4.41 ERA in 12 big-league seasons. He was 7-7 with a 5.13 ERA in 27 games, 24 starts, with the Los Angeles Angels last season.
"Pineiro is one of a number of veteran pitchers that will be in camp on
non-roster deals. The others: Dave Bush, Scott Elarton, Pat Misch, David
Purcey, Brian Sanches and Raul Valdes."
I don't know about you, but I've always been a HUGE Brian Sanches guy (find that sentence anywhere else).
34 more days 'til pitchers and catchers.
LOUISVILLE, Ky.-- Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Bunning, who pitched six seasons with the Phillies and went on to serve in Congress, has died. He was 85.
Bunning's death was confirmed by Jon Deuser, who served as chief of staff when Bunning was in the Senate. Deuser said he was notified about the death by Bunning's family.
Bunning won 224 games in a 17-year major-league career and pitched the first perfect game in modern National League history. It came with the Phillies on June 21, 1964.
He became the first pitcher after 1900 to throw no-hitters in both the American and National Leagues.
He belonged to a rare group of major league pitchers to throw a perfect game in the modern era.
A Kentucky Republican, he was the only member of the Baseball Hall of Fame to serve in Congress. He served in both the House and Senate.
Cesar Hernandez returns to the Phillies' punchless lineup Saturday afternoon against the Reds (4 p.m./TCN).
Hernandez, who missed Friday night's 5-2 loss with a groin injury, is back at second base and leading off. Hernandez has led off in all 44 games he's started this season. The fifth-year pro has struggled after getting off to a torrid start. He's hitting just .185 (10 for 54) over his last 14 games.
After bouncing around the lineup, centerfielder Odubel Herrera returns to his customary spot in the two-hole. Herrera's season is a microcosm of the Phils' woeful offense. An All-Star in 2016, Herrera is hitting just .227 this season. Manager Pete Mackanin hopes the Venezuelan will hit his way out of it soon (see story).
Here is the rest of today's lineup:
1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Odubel Herrera, CF
3. Aaron Altherr, LF
4. Tommy Joseph, 1B
5. Michael Saunders, RF
6. Maikel Franco, 3B
7. Cameron Rupp, C
8. Freddy Galvis, SS
9. Jerad Eickhoff, P