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Roman Quinn has a broken toe, but he might be able to play through it

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Roman Quinn has a broken toe, but he might be able to play through it

NEW YORK – Oft-injured Phillies outfielder Roman Quinn is down again, but not necessarily out.

An X-ray revealed a non-displaced fracture in the little toe on his right foot. Quinn suffered the injury when he was hit by a pitch in the fifth inning Wednesday night in Miami. He did not play in Friday night’s game against the Mets and was out of the starting lineup again Saturday night.

But that doesn’t mean Quinn won’t play at some point.

Manager Gabe Kapler said the fracture was “very, very small,” and that Quinn would still be available for duty depending on how he feels.

“It’s still tender to walk on,” Kapler said. “We’re going to be smart about protecting him. We have every assurance that this injury is a tolerance issue and when he’s ready to play, he’s good to go.”

Quinn was not available for comment before Saturday night’s game.

In July, Cesar Hernandez suffered a small fracture in one of his toes when he fouled a ball off his foot. He sat out a couple of games, but never went on the disabled list. The injury was managed as he played through it.

“Like Cesar, it was just a tolerance thing,” Kapler said. “He was down for a little bit and then it was just tolerance.”

For competitive reasons, Kapler would not reveal what situations he believed Quinn could still contribute.

Quinn has made a strong impact since joining the club from the minors in late July. He is hitting .338 with 10 extra-base hits and a .369 on-base percentage in 80 at-bats.

The 25-year-old outfielder is blessed with dazzling athleticism and potential, but injuries have severely hampered him. He has missed time over the years with a torn Achilles tendon, a torn left quadriceps, a concussion, a strained elbow ligament and, most recently, with a torn ligament in his right middle finger that required surgery in May.

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It turns out Jeopardy host Alex Trebek isn't the biggest fan of the Phanatic

It turns out Jeopardy host Alex Trebek isn't the biggest fan of the Phanatic

Jeopardy has been home to some great moments regarding Philadelphia sports in the past.

 I wish this was another one of these moments ... but it's not.

 It turns out, the show's host host Alex Trebek isn't a big fan of the Phillie Phanatic ... I know, I'm hurt too.


 The Phillies are in disbelief, we all are.
 
 Of course, fans had quite the reaction to the video that surfaced on social media. After all, the Phanatic is the best mascot in all of sports (totally unbiased, of course).




 

I don't even want to know what he thinks about Gritty.

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Bryce Harper shares thoughts on Nationals playing in World Series without him

Bryce Harper shares thoughts on Nationals playing in World Series without him

Right around the time the Washington Nationals were clinching their World Series berth this week, a guy who left that team to come play in Philadelphia posted a cute photo to his Instagram story with his baby son. It included the caption, "cuddle time is the best time."

I made light of the juxtaposition of that photo with what Nationals players were currently doing in a tongue-in-cheek tweet, but it's hard not to think about Bryce Harper during this Nationals run.

We know exactly how Nationals fans down in DC feel about their former favorite slugger who departed DC for big time bucks. They won't stop telling us.

But what was Harper feeling? Thanks to a one-on-one interview Harper did with Jayson Stark of the Athletic, we now have a glimpse into Harper's mind during this unique time.

Stark says Harper was effusive in his praise of the city of Philadelphia during their chat. And the majority of Harper's answers are very savvy in a public relations sense. Harper is good at saying what you think he's supposed to say. But it doesn't come off as disingenuous.

Stark asked Harper if he was feeling any jealousy watching his old pals spray champagne in the locker room and his answer comes off as pretty honest. From the Athletic ($):

“No,” he said again, without a millisecond’s hesitation, “because like I said, I made my decision, and that was my decision. And it was the final decision that I made. You know, jealousy isn’t good. For me, it’s about having the gratitude to go out and do what I do each day and not having an attitude towards anybody else.

“I think it’s about being able to be the person that I am,” he went on, “and not saying to myself, `Oh my gosh, I can’t believe I’m not a National.’ Or, `Oh my gosh, those guys are doing what they’re doing. I can’t believe it. I’m so jealous.’ No. I’m so happy for them. You know how hard it is to get into the postseason and win games. For them to be able to put it together this year the way they have, it’s an amazing thing.”

There's plenty more to the piece worth diving into. Stark also spoke with former National/Phillie Jayson Werth, who knows a thing or two about both cities/clubs and also what it's like to play alongside Harper.

The Nationals' opponent in the World Series is yet to be set, but whether it's the Nationals, New York Yankees or Houston Astros who are spraying champagne at the end of it, you won't see Harper doing that. Unless he and his little baby pop up in his Instagram stories getting wacky.

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