Roman Quinn begins rehab assignment; what happens when he's ready?

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Roman Quinn begins rehab assignment; what happens when he's ready?

Phillies outfielder Roman Quinn is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment Thursday night with Class A Clearwater.

Quinn missed most of spring training with a strained oblique. He has been getting at-bats in Clearwater in recent days and will now see game action as the Threshers' season opens.

The big question is what do the Phillies do once Quinn is ready to return? Quinn and Aaron Altherr are out of minor-league options so the Phillies would be at risk of losing them if they try to send either to the minors.

Nick Williams does have options remaining but has become Gabe Kapler's first weapon off the bench in key pinch-hitting opportunities. Williams was 0 for 4 as a pinch-hitter in the Phillies' first four games but delivered in that role on Wednesday, hitting an RBI single with runners on second and third and one out.

So what do the Phillies do? There are three main choices if the situation doesn't work itself out first with another injury:

• Trade Altherr or designate him for assignment.

• Send Williams to Triple A, where he'd gain useful everyday at-bats but couldn't help the big-league club which wants to win now.

• Add Quinn to the 25-man roster at the expense of a reliever like Edubray Ramos, giving the Phillies a five-man bench and seven-man bullpen.

It's not an easy decision. Parting ways with Altherr would leave the Phillies thin in center field if Quinn, who has been injured so frequently, gets hurt again. (This team does not view Williams as an option in center.)

Sending Williams to Triple A would hurt the Phillies' bench and perhaps decrease his trade value a bit.

Adding Quinn to the active roster and demoting a reliever would cause an even bigger logjam since three of the Phillies' five bench players would be outfielders.

On Tuesday in D.C., Altherr was honest about the situation. Most athletes say they block these things out, worry only about what they can control. Altherr said that's not what he's doing, that he, Williams and Quinn know something will have to happen and they're all kind of just looking around and wondering what and when.

A new opportunity wouldn't be the worst thing in the world for Altherr, who produced like a starting outfielder in 2017 (.272/.340/.516, 19 homers, 65 RBI) but hasn't been able to replicate that success. Even if Altherr isn't a true starter somewhere, he'd be the fourth outfielder for most teams in baseball, not the fifth or sixth like he is here now.

With Quinn, the beginning of his rehab assignment starts a 20-day clock after which the Phillies would have to bring him up. He likely will not need 20 days — he's been getting lots of at-bats already down in Florida before games began.

Upon his return, Quinn could spell Odubel Herrera in the outfield and take playing time away from him if he produces. Either way, he'll provide the Phillies a late-inning weapon on the basepaths and outfield.

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Joe Girardi has been throwing down in the kitchen during time off

Joe Girardi has been throwing down in the kitchen during time off

With no baseball games to manage, Joe Girardi is leaning into one of his biggest hobbies.

"I love to cook so I've kinda broadened what I cook," Girardi told Mike Missanelli late last week. "I've been making this Nutella pizza, the simplest thing to make."


"You just buy the dough that's pre-made," the skipper said. "You cook it for about seven, eight minutes at 450 (degrees), then you pull it out and you put the Nutella on it and you put strawberries or bananas, whatever you like, and a little powdered sugar and it's a great dessert. 

"The kids absolutely love it. That has been my new thing."

Kind of like a crepe — there's sweet and there's savory. Depending on how much Nutella you slather on there, you're looking at about 500 to 600 calories for one piece and 60 to 70% of your daily sugar intake. Every calorie matters during such a sedentary period! I am not proud to say I gained six pounds in the first three weeks of the quarantine.

Girardi, like practically everyone else, is making the most of the extra family time he's getting with his 20-year-old daughter Serena, 18-year-old son Dante and 13-year old daughter Lena. 

"I find myself cooking every night," Girardi said. "I think I've picked up from a restaurant one time. I love to cook so it works out and my wife loves to clean up so it works even better."

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The best Philly products we've gotten home delivered during self-quarantine


The best Philly products we've gotten home delivered during self-quarantine

This would have been the weekend many of us visited Citizens Bank Park to get our first fill of spring baseball of the season. There’s nothing quite like strolling Ashburn Alley and smelling the sausages grilling and seeing that bright green grass for the first time in months.

I’m really missing a classic hot dog and cold beer at the ball park. But with the absence of some pleasures, many of us around town have had a little extra cash in our pockets and have been getting some of our favorite things delivered right to our homes.

Here’s a list of some of the best things I and a few of my NBC Sports Philadelphia coworkers have gotten delivered over the past few weeks from some of our favorite Philly spots. All caveats about tipping extremely generously and handling your goods in a responsible manner apply.

1. Rival Bros. coffee — listen, I could have put beer first, but honestly a good cup a coffee in the morning is the start to what kind of day we’re going to have. Rival Bros. happens to be my local coffee shop and they ship which I am incredibly thankful for. ReAnimator and Ultimo are two other great local options.

2. Tired Hands beer (or Forest and Main on Saturdays) — Delicious craft beer delivered to your door. Not everything about being stuck at home is so bad. There are obviously dozens of local craft beer spots around town you can hit up, I just happen to go with these two to start. At the end of these long days, a nice heady pint can do wonders.

3. Fresh meat from Reading Terminal Market — I’m honestly not sure how this works, but my wife ordered some fantastic meat from a service called Mercato where they’ll shop the market for you. You can even get cookies or a nice baguette delivered. Guess who is making short ribs tonight?

4. Cheese from Di Bruno Bros. — Again, you can get a ton of stuff delivered from Di Brunos online shop. Treat yourself to some Piave or aged Gouda this weekend and you’ll be a little happier at home. They’ll even ship pretty far, so you can also send people you’re thinking about a nice gift basket. My parents out in the burbs are going to enjoy a nice cheese plate this weekend.

5. Federal Donuts -- Fresh donuts at your door will not only cheer up anyone you're stuck in a house with but you can eat as many as you like because it's a sin to let a donut go to waste.

6. Philadelphia Distilling -- With PA Wine and Spirits shops closed and their website barely usable, go direct to the distiller who will ship to your home in Pennsylvania for $10. A dirty martini can cheer the wife up pretty quickly. Also good for helping you fall asleep during these stressful times.

7. A new hoodie and sweatpants — Gotta be comfy 24-7 and this is the time for elastic waistbands to truly shine. If you’re looking for a local shop, give Lapstone & Hammer a visit. Ben Simmons rocks it.

Here are some of the best things my NBC Sports Philadelphia coworkers have had delivered:

Anthony’s Coffee and Chocolates -- If you’ve ever walked through the Italian Market and followed your heart, as well as nose, in to the glorious place that is Anthony’s, you know that going into that store physically is a religious experience. They have some of the best chocolate in the city, and luckily they deliver, so I’ve still gotten my fix. The bad part is now being trapped inside with an overwhelming amount of chocolate and no one to eat it but myself. -Erin Dunne

Famous 4th Street Deli -- What's better than corned beef piled highonrye bread slathered in swiss cheese, thousand island, and cole slaw? Nothing. So support local business  and get a Famous 4th St. "super reuben." -Ashley Hall

Termini Bros. -- We placed an order from Termini Brothers Bakery for ourselves and also as a gift to send our family. Zeppole for us and assorted Italian cookies for my family. Everybody is a bit happier when they have Italian pastries. -Amy Fadool

Barcelona Wine Bar -- Without the ability to drink cocktails on their gorgeous Passyunk patio, I have turned to getting their extremely convenient cocktail kits, loaves of fresh baked bread, and cheese selection to go, which you can pair with the half-priced bottles of wine deal they are offering. I sat very close to a house plant while enjoying my “Guns n’ Roses” cocktail kit. -Erin Dunne

Art Supplies -- Like many, I’ve had a bunch of extra time on my hands — and when I get bored — I get crafty. I’ve ordered so much art supplies, a small elementary school could probably be stocked for a month. From new paints and brushes to markers and even 2,000 popsicle sticks. Why do I need 2,000 popsicle sticks? I’m still trying to figure that out … I’ll just say I saw a concept on TikTok and want to attempt to execute it. It’s been fun tapping back into this side of my life, since I’m normally too busy for it. I’m excited to see what I can create next, including some Philly-teams-inspired art. -Brooke Destra