Phillies Win and Phillies Win

Phillies Win and Phillies Win

Earlier in the day the Phillies traded Placido Polanco to Detroit for veteran closer Ugueth Urbina and infielder Ramon Martinez.  The pulse of Philadelphia seems to be positive and I would have to agree.  Tom G. wants to give the often criticized Edward Wade a high five.  He breaks down the potential bull pen situation very well:

Going forward, I believe the Phillies would be well-served to use
Wagner in the closer spot (obviously), Urbina as a set-up man versus
righthanded batters in the eighth inning (unless Wagner is not
available, then Urbina would move to closer), Aaron Fultz against
lefthanded batters in the eighth inning, Ryan Madson to face
righthanded batters in the seventh inning and Rheal Cormier versus
lefties in the seventh, and Geoff Geary, Amaury Telemaco, et al for the
sixth inning.

I'd try to keep Fultz out of the 8th in close games.

It is great to see Ed Wade make a rather big move mid season which puts the Phillies in a better spot to contend in the East.  I found the comments regarding another team in the East showing interest in Urbina and Wade feeling the need to prevent that from happening rather interesting.  Whether Philly or Detroit sparked the trade would be an interesting anecdote, but in the end irrelevant.

I will miss Polanco a tiny bit, he was a very solid player, but this trade gives all of Philadelphia what it has been asking for all season, Chase Utley playing everyday.  Not to mention some big bolstering of the pen.  Placido liked to complain a little more than I would have liked this year, so we won't miss that.

Phillies take another from Rangers.   In a spot start by Robinson Tejeda, the rookie went 5 and allowed only two hits and two walks.  Pretty impressive.  The Phillies got on the board in the bottom of the sixth when Pat the Bat knocked in Thomas and Lofton who both reached on singles.  Fultz pitched a scoreless sixth and Madson blanked Texas in the 7th and 8th.  Maddog will be one of the biggest beneficiaries of Urbina joining the pen, giving Madson some much needed rest.  Billy Wags did his thing in the ninth for the 16th time this year.  Fultz actually gets the W and the Phils continue to impress.
How do you pronounce Ugueth you ask?

Ooo-GET, the 'h' is silent.

Union emotional after Maurice Edu's season-ending injury

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Union emotional after Maurice Edu's season-ending injury

CHESTER, Pa. — On the eve of his comeback after missing nearly 13 months with a left tibia stress fracture and other related injuries, Union midfielder Maurice Edu fractured his left fibula on Saturday, keeping him out for the 2016 playoffs and beyond.

“I was trying to take the shot on goal and my foot got stuck in the turf,” Edu said Sunday, in his blue Union-issued suit and supported by crutches. “My ankle rolled and twisted and it kind of snapped a little bit. I heard it crack, and a lot of pain from there. I got a scan afterward, and there was a break.”

There's no timetable his return.

Edu, 30, has spent over a calendar year fighting various injuries that have kept him out of game action. His trouble began on Sept. 30, 2015, when he played through the U.S. Open Cup final with a partially torn groin and sports hernia. It was during Edu’s recovery from those injuries that he developed a stress fracture.

"A little bit frustration. A lot of frustration, to be honest," he said. "But all I can do now is get back to work, focus on the positives and make sure that my situation isn’t a distraction from the team."

Edu’s teammates were equally devastated by the news. Edu, the Union captain when healthy, is popular and well-respected in the locker room.

"I feel so bad for him," said Alejandro Bedoya, who wore a dedication to Edu under his jersey on Sunday. "He’s one of my good friends, so I was looking forward to playing alongside him. I know how hard he’s worked to get back, and to see him go out like that, it’s heartbreaking. I’m sad for his loss and I hope he stays strong."

Edu, who has been with the Union since 2014, returned to training in July and played three conditioning appearances with the Union’s USL team, Bethlehem Steel FC. He was on the bench for the Union’s last three games and was set to make his first appearance in over a year against the New York Red Bulls on Sunday, a game the Union eventually lost, 2-0 (see game story).

"We’re gutted for Mo," Union manager Jim Curtin said. "He was slated to start today. It’s real upsetting because he’s worked so hard to get back on the field. It’s been a tough 2016 for him, but I know he’ll come back stronger."

While he was visibly shaken by recent injury, Edu is driven to return.

"What happened, happened," Edu said. "I have no control over that. The only thing I do have control over is my next steps from here, how I prepare myself mentally and emotionally and how I continue to support this group."

Eagles bring back Taylor Hart after stint with Chip Kelly

Eagles bring back Taylor Hart after stint with Chip Kelly

The Eagles have brought back a familiar face to take Ron Brooks' roster spot.

On Monday, the team claimed defensive tackle Taylor Hart off waivers from San Francisco. Hart was just waived on Saturday by the 49ers, who claimed him after the Eagles waived him at final cuts.

So, Hart is coming back to Philly after a stint with Chip Kelly in San Francisco.

Hart, 25, played in one game for the 49ers this year. The Eagles are light at defensive tackle thanks to Bennie Logan's groin injury. While head coach Doug Pederson on Monday said Logan was getting better, the Eagles still brought in more depth by claiming Hart.

While still with the Eagles, Kelly had a hand in drafting Hart, an Oregon product, in the fifth round of 2014.

Hart worked hard this offseason to learn how to play in Jim Schwartz's aggressive 4-3 defense, which is very unlike the ones he had played in during college and in the NFL.

Brooks has been placed on IR after rupturing a quad tendon during Sunday's game against the Vikings. He'll have surgery this week.

In addition to adding Hart to the active roster, the Eagles also added cornerback Aaron Grymes to their practice squad.

Grymes, 25, was having an impressive training camp and preseason with the Eagles before injuring his right shoulder. He was waived shortly after that.

After coming out of the University of Idaho in 2013, Grymes didn't make an NFL team so he went to Canada. He ended up as a starter and All-Star on the Edmonton Eskimos and won a Grey Cup in 2015.

To make room for Grymes, the Eagles cut OL Matt Rotheram from the practice squad.