Saturday, July 6, 2013

Philadelphia Phillies: Does Ryan Howard need surgery? + All-Stars

The answer to the headline teaser is one that no one knows for sure as of today (July 6, 2013). What's clear is that Ryan Howard's left knee has been increasingly bothering him this season. Hopefully his DL stint, due to inflammation, will allow him to heal. However, it seems reasonable to believe that continuous swelling could lead to elective (or needed) surgery. 

Howard was noticeably gimpy was far back as spring training. As to whether this resulted because he put unusual pressure on his knee, because of lingering Achilles tendon issues, hasn't been revealed. This latest health issue could simply be what should be expected from a middle-aged baseman man.

Brown and Lee

On a lighter note, it's great that Domonic Brown earned his first All-Star selection and right that Cliff Lee returns to the 'Mid-Summer Classic' for the fourth time (third as a Phillie).

Brown's emergence obviously is the feel-good story of this season. Lee continues to be the most consistent left-handed Phillies' starter since Steve Carlton. (And that's quite a comparison for sure.)

(Photo courtesy of gameuseduniverse.)

Thank you to Stacey Stauffer (Fox 29 Philadelphia). She interviewed Maddie Woytovich, her parents (Jeff and Betsy Woytovich) and me on July 2, 2013 about the latest chapter in this inspiring story. The feature will be shown on an upcoming newscast. 

Professional reporters and video journalists are vital in an ever-changing media world. Stacey and the Fox staff were first-rate. 

I will be donating one-half of all proceeds from the sale of my soon-to-be-released illustrated children's bookMaddie: Teaching Tolerance with a Smile to the non-profit group: Children's Alopecia Project (CAP).

More news about the book and the story behind it will be posted in this blog as the release date nears.

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Jaromir Jagr: Current NHL Forward and Future Hall of Famer
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Bobby Clarke: Philadelphia Flyers' Legend Talks Hockey
Ron Hextall Recalls His Greatest Season
Kerry Fraser: NHL Referee is Still Making the Right Calls
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The Night Lenny Dykstra Was Swinging In The Rain
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