Back to Reality: Monday Morning After Headlines

Back to Reality: Monday Morning After Headlines

It was a little odd sitting on my back patio yesterday afternoon, empty blue sky overhead and the wind dying down by the hour. Don't we have tickets for a game tonight? Obviously, despite the calm after the storm, the Phillies and Union made the right decision to just scrap a day that featured an early morning hurricane that did lay some damage around the area, from widespread power outages to some serious flooding. The road I usually take to get to PPL Park was completely flooded as of yesterday afternoon, and I'm guessing field conditions were less than optimal.

With no sports on the docket yesterday, we enjoyed a little day off to recuperate from our Happy Landfall, Irene! party. Today we're sifting through the news debris as the Philly sports world gets back to reality.

Headlines from the weekend and Monday morning below.

Once both Saturday's games were called due to rain, the Phillies boarded a plane for Cincinnati, where they'll face the Reds in a four-game set to start the week. Jim Salisbury takes a look at Cole Hamels' return from the DL, with video on whether John Mayberry Jr is close to becoming a regular in the Phillies lineup and Vance Worley's potential for starting in the playoffs. [CSNPhilly]

We have a lot of baseball coming our way now that the hurricane hiatus is over, with the Phillies playing 33 games in 31 days. Sam Donnellon looks on the bright side and asks whether this might actually be a good thing for the Phils. [Philly.com]

Bob Vetrone Jr's BoopStats blog says that the Reds are an ideal opponent for Cole's return to the rotation. [BoopStats]

With Irene bearing down on the Delaware Valley like the Browns first quarter pass rush did on Michael Vick Thursday night, the Eagles shook up their offensive line on Saturday. Kulp described the new-look line here. [The700Level]

New Flyer Brayden Schenn is taking tips from longtime NHL star Gary Roberts, but it's not on how to put the puck in the net… it's on what to put in his shopping cart at the grocery store. [Globe and Mail]

The Union may have been off yesterday, but the other local soccer club was in action, with the Independence squaring off against Marta and the Western New York Flash for the Women's Professional Soccer League Championship. It's the second time the Independence have made the final in their two-year history. Unfortunately, the Flash would win the match on penalty kicks after regulation and overtime ended with the teams locked at one. Great showing in 2011, ladies. [CSNPhilly]

Pete Mackanin says Odubel Herrera will stay in CF this season — but beyond?

Pete Mackanin says Odubel Herrera will stay in CF this season — but beyond?

A couple of weeks ago in Los Angeles, Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said there was a chance he could look at Odubel Herrera in a corner outfield spot over the final weeks of the season.

Scrub that idea.

“Not this year,” Mackanin said Monday. “If we decide we're going to do that, we'll encourage him to play a corner in winter ball and then in spring training, if that's what we decide to do.

“I thought about doing that. But I don't know if we want to do that now. We’ll just let him get back on track offensively. I won't say it won't happen here or there. But we're not going to make that move right now.

“Let's try to keep his mind as uncluttered as possible right now. It looks a little cluttered.”

The Phillies have thought about moving Herrera to a corner spot because they have a top center field prospect in Roman Quinn. Also, Aaron Altherr is an excellent defender in center.

Quinn seemed to be on target for a call up after the Eastern League playoffs, but that could be in doubt now that he’s on the disabled list with a concussion.

Still, Quinn may be this club’s centerfielder of the future. And behind him is Mickey Moniak, this year’s top draft pick. He’s a ways away. But it’s worth wondering if the Phillies believe Herrera’s future is at a corner outfield spot. Or whether Herrera will be wintertime trade bait.

Mackanin was asked if he believed Herrera’s future would be in a corner spot.

“You know, I'd rather not really even comment on that,” he said. “I don't want him to think that we're not pleased with him. I just want to keep him confident the rest of the season.”

Herrera’s defense in center field has slipped this season.

“He was better last year defensively,” Mackanin said. “He's made a lot of mistakes this year. I think we've all seen that. But that doesn't mean he's not going to play center field anymore. There's another month left to see what happens.”

Herrera was the Phillies’ lone representative in the All-Star Game. He hit .294 with a .378 on-base percentage and a .427 slugging percentage before the All-Star break. Since then, however, he was hitting .252 with a .314 on-base percentage and a .378 slugging percentage entering play Monday night.

Mychal Kendricks may be only starter to play Thursday vs. Jets

Mychal Kendricks may be only starter to play Thursday vs. Jets

Nelson Agholor, a struggling second-year receiver who may or may not be a starter, likely won't play in the Eagles' preseason finale Thursday against the Jets.

Mychal Kendricks, a fifth-year linebacker who's been a regular starter since he was a rookie, likely will.

"There's a chance," head coach Doug Pederson said Monday. "There's a chance he plays because he hasn't played all preseason, and we still want to get him those live reps and get him ready for Cleveland."

Kendricks played Saturday against Indianapolis after missing the first two preseason games with a hamstring injury suffered in training camp earlier this month. He was still in the game in the fourth quarter, when the rest of the starters had exchanged their helmets for baseball caps.

"Why? Because he hasn't played," Pederson said. "He hasn't played and we just want to see him get game and live reps. That's the bottom line."

And just to be sure, Kendricks is still a starter?

"Oh, yeah. He's another one that we'd love to see again this Thursday night in a short role," Pederson said. "But at the same time he hasn't played all preseason. Stephen Tulloch's another one that we need to see play. So there's an opportunity for these two to get some more reps on Thursday."

Tulloch makes sense. He needs all the reps he can get. And he's also a backup. He should have no problem playing Thursday.

As for Kendricks ... he was not available to the media Monday.

Cornerback Aaron Grymes waived by Eagles

Cornerback Aaron Grymes waived by Eagles

Aaron Grymes was making a serious push to be on the Eagles' 53-man roster until the cornerback's right shoulder slammed into the ground at Heinz Field after an interception.

Grymes hasn't practiced or played since and the Eagles on Monday released the 25-year-old corner with the "waived/injured" designation. 

Before coming to the Eagles this spring, Grymes spent three successful seasons in the Canadian Football League and won a Grey Cup as an All-Star for the Edmonton Eskimos in 2015.

There seems to be a decent shot that the Eagles might want to put Grymes on their practice squad.

After the Pittsburgh game, when he had the interception and suffered the injury, Grymes was asked if he would prefer to be on a practice squad or head back to Canada, where he's already a proven star.

“I’ve thought about both of them," Grymes said on Aug. 18. "Both of them are great opportunities. I know that there are teams in Canada that are willing to bring me in and let me play. But then again, you can’t really compare it with this NFL dream I’ve had forever.

"To sign to a practice squad … injuries happen every day, and I think an opportunity could be there. It will be something I sit down with my wife and talk about, sit down with my agent and talk about. We’ll just make the best decision for us from there.”