... and other worthwile links to pass the time until tonight's Derby.
Tom Gordon took another step toward returning to the Phillies, throwing 1 2-3 scoreless innings during his first rehab appearance in Clearwater. The veteran, who’s been out since May 2 with an inflamed rotator cuff, allowed a hit and nothing more against six batters. Meanwhile, Myers, out since May 24 with a right shoulder strain, is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Wednesday in Clearwater. [Link]
Minor notes: Arbuckle compares OF Brown to Strawberry
Mike Drago of the Reading Eagle caught up with Phillies assistant GM Mike Arbuckle to get the inside scoop on the players next in line for a promotion to Double-A. Outfielder Greg Golson was first on the chain, but down the list, it was the tidbit on outfielder Dominic Brown that caught my attention most. According to Drago, Arbuckle compares the 6-5, left-handed hitting right fielder to Darryl Strawberry. "If he fills out, he’s gonna have some real, bonafide power," Arbuckle said. [Link]
Reading Eagle report cards
Next time I see writer Brian Smith, I need to get on his case for giving Cole Hamels and Greg Dobbs the same B+ grade for the first half. Grades are a subjective exercise, assigned differently depending who does them, sometimes based on players meeting or exceeding expectations instead of overall contribution. That's what Brian has done with his. How else can one explain Abraham Nunez and his .323 slugging average earning almost the same grade as Hamels and his 123 strikeouts, 10 wins and first All-Star nod? [Link]