Phils Turn to Lee after Late-Inning Loss, Charlie Updates on Chooch

Phils Turn to Lee after Late-Inning Loss, Charlie Updates on Chooch

The Philadelphia Phillies are back at it and looking to rebound with a victory after last night's disappointing loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks. In year's past, we might have worried that a late-game loss could have done damage to the team's psyche, putting added pressure on them to win the following night. But then we signed Cliff Lee to follow Roy Halladay, lost sight of our embarrassment of riches and stopped worrying about these things.

Phifer is set to due battle with Arizona's Joe Saunders at 7:05.

The winner of his last three straight, Lee (12-7, 2.83 ERA, 1.09 WHIP) has not allowed a run in his last seventeen innings of work. In his last start, a 2-1 victory over the Dodgers at the Ravine, Cliff lasted eight innings, giving up 0 runs, 4 hits and 2 walks while striking out 10.

For the Diamondbacks, Joe Saunders (8-9, 3.76 ERA, 1.34 WHIP) enters tonight's game following a no-decision performance against the Houston Astros. In that outing on the 11th of August, the Arizona starter was on the hook for 11 hits, 2 walks and 5 earned in just 6 innings pitched.

On the injury front for the Phils, Placido Polanco has been placed on the disabled list retroactive to August 7th as a result of still-problematic sports hernia.

In semi-related news, when asked about the "health" of Carlos Ruiz after last night's all-too-uncomfortable-to-detail incident behind home plate, Charlie Manuel updated the media on the catcher's condition. From the Twitter feed of CSN's Leslie Gudel:

"Funny line of day by Charlie discussing Ruiz being hit in 'the family jewels,' when asked if he's alright, Charlie said 'I didn't check 'em out.'"

Never before has this fan group looked so apropos. With Brian Schneider in the 8th hole—giving Chooch the night off—here's Charlie's 8/17 lineup:

Rollins SS, Victorino CF, Utley 2B, Howard 1B, Pence RF, Mayberry LF, Valdez 3B, Schneider C, Lee P

See you post-game.

Here's video of Nerlens Noel saying goodbye to Joel Embiid, Sixers teammates after trade

Here's video of Nerlens Noel saying goodbye to Joel Embiid, Sixers teammates after trade

Nerlens Noel was traded to the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday morning and nobody will miss him more than his former teammate Joel Embiid.

Noel was seen at the Sixers' practice complex in Camden after news of the trade broke. It was all smiles and hugs as Noel said goodbye to his former teammates. 

You can see video of some of those exchanges above.

"Nerlens is my guy," Embiid said after news of the trade broke. "He's been my best friend since I got to Philly. I'm happy for him."

You can see the specifics of the deal Bryan Colangelo made with the Mavericks centering around Noel and James Anderson here.

Joel Embiid to miss Sixers' next 4 games, targeting March 3 return

Joel Embiid to miss Sixers' next 4 games, targeting March 3 return

Joel Embiid will miss the Sixers' next four games to minimize the risk of another aggravation of his left knee injury.

Embiid's targeted return date is March 3 against the Knicks. He'll miss games against the Wizards, Knicks, Warriors and Heat.

While Sixers doctors do not think Embiid is game-ready, they're encouraged by the progress he's made.

Embiid practiced fully with the Sixers on Thursday for the second straight day.

"I feel great. I want to play. If it was my decision, I’d be playing," Embiid said after practice Wednesday.

"I want to play, but those guys, they know what they’re doing. You’ve just got to trust the process."

Embiid has missed 14 of the Sixers' last 15 games, playing only against the Rockets in a nationally televised, sell-out game on Jan. 27.