Pitchers and catchers only reported for spring training today, and already the Philadelphia Phillies have been dealt their first blow of the season. Luckily, it sounds relatively minor.
According to multiple reports coming out of Clearwater, Florida on Wednesday, Cole Hamels will not be ready for the start of the 2014 regular season. The lefthander informed scribes he was battling a case of shoulder tendinitis during the offseason, and recovery put him behind schedule for Opening Day.
Via Ryan Lawrence from the Daily News, Hamels said the shoulder is healthy now and nothing to be alarmed about, and guesses he’s about 8-10 days behind where he should be. That estimate would put him in line to miss a couple of starts.
Assuming that’s all it is and Hamels doesn’t suffer any setbacks, it’s not crippling by any means. That being said, if the Phillies are even thinking about sneaking into the playoffs this season, every game is going to matter.
The news presumably sets up Cliff Lee to start on Opening Day.
>> Hamels says he won't be ready for Opening Day [DN]
ASHBURN, Va. — The Washington Redskins turned to internal candidates to fill two critical vacancies, promoting Matt Cavanaugh to offensive coordinator and Greg Manusky to defensive coordinator.
Cavanaugh was the team's quarterbacks coach and Manusky its outside linebackers coach last season. The Redskins announced the promotions Monday along with the hires of Kevin O'Connell as quarterbacks coach and Jim Tomsula as defensive line coach.
It has been an offseason of upheaval for the coaching staff after the Redskins fired defensive coordinator Joe Barry and a few assistants and offensive coordinator Sean McVay left to become head coach of the Los Angeles Rams.
In its efforts to replace Barry after ranking 28th defensively in consecutive seasons, Washington interviewed former Jacksonville Jaguars coach Gus Bradley, former Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine and former Buffalo Bills assistant Rob Ryan before opting for Manusky. The 50-year-old Manusky has been defensive coordinator for the Indianapolis Colts, San Diego Chargers and 49ers and worked with Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan in San Francisco.
Known for his fiery personality and booming voice on the practice fields, Manusky had only been on coach Jay Gruden's staff for one season as outside linebackers coach. Middle linebacker Will Compton tweeted: "Congrats to Coach Manusky!" when players were informed of his promotion.
Cavanaugh was Washington's quarterbacks coach for the past two years as Kirk Cousins twice set the franchise record for passing yards in a season. Cousins' status for 2017 remains in doubt after playing last season on the franchise tag, but with McVay gone he'll have a familiar face as his offensive coordinator.
The Sixers earned another last second win on Friday night while Joel Embiid was sitting on the bench after banging up his knee against the Portland Trailblazers.
So with Embiid on the bench, someone else had to step up and be the MVP.
And then Embiid tweeted something mysterious following the game.
Who is this Danielle and why is she the MVP?
The folks over at CSNPhilly's Breakfast on Broad did some digging this morning and may have unearthed who the "Danielle" Embiid was referring to was.
This is her on Friday night.
After going through the game footage, they found this shot of Embiid with a very pretty young lady who they believe to be Canadian model Danielle Knudson. Now, her Wiki page says she was dating some tenis player as of a year or so ago. But times and dating habbits can change.
Could Danielle Knudson be Embiid celebrity crush?
You'll also notice Embiid's latest Instagram was posted from the location listed as "Danielle's."
Another possible theory: Joel Embiid is messing with all of us regarding his "celebrity crush" and getting a date by making the All-Star game.