When it comes to the Phillies and injuries, always assume the worst. It is true that Chase Utley made a speedy recovery and has played up to his standard since his return. However, many other Phillie players have fallen by the wayside when it comes to mending- Ryan Madson is now out for the remainder of the season. Scott Mathieson has been shut down from his Tommy John rehab and probably won't be allowed to participate in the Arizona Fall League. Ace Cole Hamels' return was supposed to be this past Sunday, but his comeback continues to be pushed back. Shane Victorino rushed back and hasn't been able to play regularly and is essentially on the equivalent of the active disabled list. The Phils brass isn't always the most truthful with the public in terms of injury prognosis, as this has been a reoccurring theme this year with Brett Myers, Tom Gordon, Freddy Garcia, Jon Lieber, and young prospect Kyle Drabek all falling victim to their mounting lies. So next time we're told Jimmy Rollins is suffering from a hang nail on his left foot, assume that means he will need his leg amputated from the knee down.
Hulk Hogan used to come out to the theme song with the lyrics "I am a real American". Rumor has it newest addition to the Phillies, Pete (Pierre-Luc) LaForest, who is a catcher is going to have his plate music switched to the remix "I am a real Canadian". Why? He despises fake Canadians and he is north-of-the-border proud. If you recall, Rod Barajas was born in Ontario...Ontario California that is. Since Rod is Pierre-Luc's competition for some time behind the plate and pinch-hitting appearances, he decided to show his maple leaf pride and rub it in Rod's face. LaForest has spent parts of '03, '05, and '07 in the majors catching for the D-Rays and Padres collecting 137 at bats with a .204 batting average. Despite his lackluster stats, Pierre-Luc is already one of my favorites as he's giving some of the French infusion that the team has been missing since Rheal Cormier departed last season.