Tyson Gillies, one of the key pieces to Ruben Amaro's cupboard-stocking trade that sent Cliff Lee to Seattle, was busted over the weekend on felony drug possession charges. An unfortunate event for any member of a baseball organization, for sure, but the details are the real kicker.
After a night out on the town down in Florida at local establishment Freaki Tiki, Florida's "hospitality hangout," Tyson was on the side of the road waiving something or other.
Cue the Inquirer's Matt Gelb:
The officer asked Gillies if he had enough money for a taxi to take him
back to the hotel. He did not, so the officer offered a courtesy ride
After the officer dropped Gillies off at the La Quinta, where he was
also staying in June, he noticed a bag of white powder on the back-seat
floor of the police cruiser. The officer stopped Gillies, took down his
information and told him the bag would be sent to a lab for testing and
he could be charged in the future.
The test came back positive for cocaine and he was subsequently charged, setting Phillies nation into a flurry of coke and Cliff Lee jokes.
The Phillies have no real comment as the case is pending.
>>Phils' prospect Gillies arrested on cocaine possession [Inqy]
CLEVELAND — Chicago Cubs slugger Kyle Schwarber's rehab finished just in time for the World Series.
Schwarber will bat fifth and be the designated hitter for the National League champions in Game 1 on Tuesday night against Cleveland's Corey Kluber. Schwarber hasn't played in the majors since tearing ligaments in his left knee on April 7 in a collision with teammate Dexter Fowler.
Dallas Cowboys orthopedic surgeon Dr. Daniel Cooper operated 12 days later to repair torn anterior cruciate and lateral collateral ligaments. He was expected to miss the rest of the season but was cleared to return on Oct. 17.
Schwarber played a pair of games in the Arizona Fall League, going 1 for 6 with a double and two walks, and flew to Cleveland on Monday.
Nerlens Noel has had surgery on his sore left knee, and the Sixers have not disclosed a timetable for the disgruntled center's return.
Noel has been out since the team's first preseason game. He initially had a left groin strain before experiencing soreness in the knee during rehab, and it was discovered he had an inflamed plica.
The team is calling the surgery a "minor elective arthroscopic procedure." It was performed in New York by Dr. Riley J. Williams at the Hospital for Special Surgery.
Noel eventually will travel to Birmingham, Ala. to rehab with associate clinical director Kevin Wilk at Champion Sports Medicine.
The Sixers expect to have a timetable for his return once Noel returns to Philadelphia. According to Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer, Noel is expected to miss three to five weeks.
This has been a rough preseason for Noel, who hasn't hidden his displeasure with his role on the Sixers' jammed frontcourt. The team has until Oct. 31 to extend his rookie contract but, per a report in the Inquirer earlier this month, the two sides have yet to discuss it.