Lee Sill Looking for One vs. Gee, Plus Howard Injury Update

Lee Sill Looking for One vs. Gee, Plus Howard Injury Update

New York Mets right-hander Dillon Gee (4-3, 4.92) will be going for his fifth win of this baseball season while Phillies leftie Cliff Lee (0-2, 2.82) will be trying his darnedest to get that fist victory of 2012 under his belt.

A bit on Lee's futility in the win column despite pitching rather well from the game notes: "According to the Elias Sports Bureau, his ERA is the lowest for any Phillies pitcher who was winless through his first seven starts of a season since 1985 when Steve Carlton was 0-3 with a 2.41 ERA through his first seven starts."

Lee will have a couple of backups (and backups backups) in the lineup in front of him helping him turn that doughnut into a straight line.

Mike Fontenot will give Freddy Galvis a spell at second base and Chooch is once again out of the line up. Hopefully Brian Schneider can put another ball into the seats at Citi.

Full lineup: 1. Rollins, 2. Pierre, 3. Pence, 4. Wiggy, 5. Victorino, 6. Polanco, 7. Fontenot, 8. Schneider, 9. Lee

Anyone else wish Charlie would get his Tony LaRussa on one of these days and bat Lee eighth just because?

Ryan Howard Injury Update

After talking with Ruben Amaro Jr. earlier in the day about the status of The Big Piece's rehab, Jim Salisbury guesses the All-Star break might be a most realistic date to see No. 6 back at first base for the Phillies.

The Phillies play their last game before the All-Star break on July 8 and resume play again on July 13.
sounds as if that may be a reasonable timetable for Howard’s return –
provided everything continues to go well as he builds strength after
requiring surgery in October to repair a ruptured left Achilles tendon.

A city waits...

7:10 pm start tonight in New York in the meantime. Please beat the Mets.

It's a Lee vs. Gee world and Mike Fontenot is just living in it.

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NBC Sports Philadelphia Internship - Advertising/Sales

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Back-to-backs still not part of the plan for Joel Embiid … just yet

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Back-to-backs still not part of the plan for Joel Embiid … just yet

Joel Embiid does not expect to play in the Sixers’ first back-to-back Saturday. 

“I’m not playing tomorrow. No back-to-backs yet,” he said before Friday’s game. “I don’t think so. I’ve got to check on that again. But there’s a plan in place and that’s what I’m going to follow.”

The Sixers faced the Celtics on Friday in their home opener and then will travel to Toronto Saturday night to take on the Raptors. It is their first of 14 pairs of back-to-back matchups this season. He projects he will eventually be cleared for them. 

“This year, there’s not a lot of back-to-backs,” Embiid said. “I feel like I’ll miss some but I’m not sure when. But I’ll definitely play some back-to-backs this year.”

Embiid has yet to be cleared for consecutive games in his injury-hampered career. It is important for him for reach that checkmark.

“I just want to feel like an NBA player,” Embiid said. 

Sitting out Saturday will not bump up his minutes Friday, Embiid said. He played 26:57 in the season opener Wednesday and is eyeing somewhere around 20 against the Celtics. Brett Brown is managing his playing time within a range, not a specific restriction like last season. 

The key to being cleared for more minutes and back-to-backs? Staying away from injuries. 

“I’ve got to balance it out because I’m ultra-competitive so I want to get out there, jump in the stands, dive for every loose ball,” Embiid said. “But at the same time, I’ve to find a balance in between staying healthy and doing all that.”