Rumors: Happ to Replace Eaton or Seanez?

Rumors: Happ to Replace Eaton or Seanez?

Earlier on Sunday, J.A. Happ was pulled from his start for the Lehigh Valley IronPigs after allowing no runs in two and two-thirds innings. Then there were grumblings on messages boards about "reports" saying Happ was fine health-wise and was seen being congratulated in the dugout. Putting the half truths and rumors together could mean Happ is getting called up to the Phils, perhaps?

Then Michael Radano of the Courier Post wrote this bit late Sunday night:

Even though the Phillies won there was an air of doom
in the clubhouse after the game. That’s because there looks to be a
decision on the horizon about the current makeup of the pitching staff.

Both
Adam Eaton, who is 4-8 with a 5.80 ERA after a pair of relief stints
over the past two games, and Rudy Seanez, who has a 6.14 ERA in his
last eight appearances, were called into the coaches’ office to meet
with members of the Phillies front office including general manager Pat
Gillick.

Happ told a reporter he was fine physically and hadn't heard anything official from the Phils' brass.

Phillies fans would welcome the reemergence of Happ on the squad especially if it means less time for Eaton or Seanez.

Keep an eye out for reports on the Phils off day today as to how the Phils would make room for Happ on the roster.

>>Phillies Notes [Courier Post]

The Phillies season in one video: 'Phanatic tries to comfort crying baby'

The Phillies season in one video: 'Phanatic tries to comfort crying baby'

What is there to say about the Philadelphia Phillies?

In doing my usual postgame perusal of the Internet after their 7-2 loss on Wednesday night, I visited Phillies.com to see what kind of "highlights" they could have possibly posted from another crushing defeat at the hands of the Colorado Rockies.

Thankfully, the first thing that caught my eye was a video titled, "Phanatic tries to comfort crying baby."

It was not Larry Andersen in the Phanatic's arms. Nor me.

And that's the Phillies season in a nutshell.

"You gotta question the parenting skills here," John Kruk said on the telecast. And he's right! What kind of parent would raise their kid to be a Philly sports fan?!?

The Phillies now have the worst record in all of baseball. They're 4-20 in their last 24 games. It's their worst start to a season since 1960.

Even the Phanatic doesn't have enough popcorn to mask all the pain.

If you want to read about the upbeat approach Pete Mackanin is taking, go give this a gander.

"In a long season, these things sometimes happen," Mackanin told reporters. "I remember Atlanta, the first half last year, was terrible. They had a real good second half. I believe we just need to get something going. We're going to put something together. I believe that."

That makes one of us.

Highly ranked 2018 recruit Brandon Slater verbally commits to Villanova

Highly ranked 2018 recruit Brandon Slater verbally commits to Villanova

The future of Villanova basketball just got brighter.

Brandon Slater, a 6-foot-6 wing and highly touted 2018 recruit, told Scout.com on Wednesday night that he has verbally committed to the Wildcats.

He later made the announcement on Twitter.

Among the 2018 recruiting class, Slater, a product of Paul VI Catholic High School in Fairfax, Virginia, is ranked in the top 30 by Scout.com and top 50 by ESPN.com. He's slated as a four-star talent by both media outlets.

Per ESPN, Slater had offers from Louisville, Maryland, Miami, Syracuse, USC and Virginia Tech. He is Villanova's first commitment for 2018.

"Going up there it just feels like a second home," Slater said, via Evan Daniels of Scout.com. "It gives me a good vibe. It's nothing like all the other schools. I just feel like a Villanova guy. It feels like PVI. It's already home."

Slater and Villanova head coach Jay Wright expressed their excitement on Twitter.