Ugh: Myers Could Require Hip Surgery

Ugh: Myers Could Require Hip Surgery

This week's Brett Myers news has gone from Bad to Worst Possible Ever.

After starting the season slowly, Myers had regained his form recently and rounded into the solid-enough #2 starter the Phillies need to follow Cole Hamels in the rotation. Then, true to Philly luck, Myers had to come out of his most recent start due to some pain in his hip. He says it's been bothering him all season, but it got worse against the Marlins on Wednesday night.

Jim Salisbury of the Inquirer and just about every Phils beat writer is now reporting that, after an MRI today, "Myers was told that there was fraying to the labrum in his right hip, an injury that could require surgery and jeopardize the remainder of his season."

Not. Good.

Myers will seek a second opinion from a hip specialist, hoping to avoid a lost 2009.

Pitching has been without question the primary thing holding the Phillies back from elite status so far this season, and without their #2, they are in big trouble. Joe Blanton has looked good in a few of his starts, particularly the 11 K, 7 shutout innings he threw on Tuesday, but he's never at any time in his career been good enough to be a #2 on a team hoping to repeat as World Series champs. Jamie Moyer has question marks swirling around him, and who knows what we can really expect from JA Happ.

The Phils had reportedly already been kicking the tires on some starting pitchers, including Jason Marquis, and if Myers is out, some trade should be absolutely necessary. Marquis, however, is not good enough to be a #2 here, so hopefully the Phillies will be looking higher than that. Jake Peavy is the pie-in-the-sky choice, but any links between he and the Phillies prior this point have been no more than questions about "What if..."

The Myers situation could change all that, with the Phillies' rotation looking to be in serious disrepair. In any case, the rumors will be flying.

Raise a pint to Brett's health, and his hopes for a return in 2009.

Union emotional after Maurice Edu's season-ending injury

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."

Watch: Malcolm Jenkins saves Jon Dorenbos, who can't work his magic with bow tie

Watch: Malcolm Jenkins saves Jon Dorenbos, who can't work his magic with bow tie

The magician himself needed help on this one.

His bow tie.

Hey, this is what teammates are for, right?

On Monday night, Eagles longsnapper and NBC's America's Got Talent star Jon Dorenbos emceed safety Malcolm Jenkins' third annual Blitz, Bow Ties and Bourbon charity event, which raises money for Philadelphia's youth and underserved communities.

Dorenbos, quite the wizard with his hands and card tricks, couldn't solve the bow tie.

“I had no clue,” Dorenbos said in an interview with CSN's John Clark. "In fact, this is the first bow tie I’ve ever worn.”

Jenkins had his back. Watch the Eagles' leader go to work and save Dorenbos in the video above.