Star defenseman signs huge offer sheet with Flyers

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Star defenseman signs huge offer sheet with Flyers

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A person with knowledge of the decision says the Philadelphia Flyers have signed Nashville star defenseman Shea Weber to a 14-year offer sheet worth more than 100 million. The Sports Network in Canada first reported the offer. The person spoke to The Associated Press on Thursday on condition of anonymity because the Flyers hadn't announced the offer. Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren confirmed early Thursday that the Flyers did sign Weber to an offer sheet. He gave no further details. Predators part owner W. Brett Wilson posted on Twitter, "Am aware of Philly offer." Weber, 26, is the Predators' captain and played on a 7.5 million arbitrator's award last season. He had 19 goals and 49 points along the way. The team has seven days to match the offer. Nashville already lost free-agent defenseman Ryan Suter to Minnesota this summer, and losing Weber would be an unexpected blow to a defense-first team that had 104 points last season, took the No. 4 seed in the Western Conference and advanced to the second round of the playoffs. Meanwhile, Weber would fill the void left by Philadelphia defenseman Chris Pronger's absence. Pronger -- a key cog in the Flyers' run to the 2010 Stanley Cup finals -- has been battling concussion problems and missed most of last season. He finished with one goal in 13 games as the Flyers bowed out in the second round to New Jersey after a promising, 103-point regular season. The Flyers were exposed on defense in a five-game, Round 2 loss to New Jersey, and since have lost defenseman Matt Carle, who snared a six-year, 33 million deal with Tampa Bay. Weber would fix a lot of those problems.

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Showalter says Tillman not likely to return for a few weeks

Showalter says Tillman not likely to return for a few weeks

BALTIMORE—Chris Tillman, who threw on flat ground Monday, will do that again Wednesday. Manager Buck Showalter said that trainer Richie Bancells and pitching coach Dave Wallace have constructed his rehab program. 

Tillman, who is on the disabled list with bursitis of the right shoulder, is eligible to return on Monday, but he won’t. 

If everything goes well, Tillman will start throwing on a mound this weekend, but don’t expect him back on Sept. 9 or 10 as Showalter indicated last weekend in New York. 

“That’s the earliest,” Showalter said of Sept. 9 or 10. “I don’t think that will happen…After seeing the schedule, I see what they’re trying to do, and they’re right. Chris feels good, and I want to make sure…We have to cross over a couple of thresholds to get to that date.”

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Because the minor leagues end on Monday, Tillman will have to rehab with the Orioles. 

NOTES: Showalter spoke with Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations Dan Duquette about roster expansion. Rosters can be expanded on Thursday. 

Showalter indicated that Duquette spoke with him about some possible trades, but none involve players currently on the Orioles. Players must join a new team by midnight Wednesday in order to be eligible for the postseason. 

Even though the Orioles have been shuffling relief pitchers recently, Showalter said the team isn’t expected to recall a large number of players. 

Catcher Caleb Joseph will be recalled from Norfolk, and outfielders Julio Borbon, who along with pitcher Logan Ondrusek were outrighted to Bowie on Tuesday and Chris Dickerson could be added. 

In order to add Borbon or Dickerson, space must be made on the 40-man roster. If Joey Rickard, whose injured thumb will be examined Friday isn’t ready to return, he could be placed on the 60-day disabled list, creating a roster spot. 

Showalter also indicated that Brian Duensing, who is on the 60-day DL, is going to be added, and space must be made for him. 

“I don’t know if anybody is going to make better 40-man roster additions than [Darren] O’Day and Tillman and Rickard. That’s the three guys we’d like to add,” Showalter said.

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Cautious Showalter wants to make sure Jones is ready before he returns

Cautious Showalter wants to make sure Jones is ready before he returns

BALTIMORE—Adam Jones is getting closer to returning to the Orioles lineup. However, he’s not close enough to play. 

Jones, who left Friday night’s game with a strained left hamstring is missing from the lineup for the fourth straight game. 

“Close, very close, still feels just a little bit with one movement. Close, could play him. Take a pretty big risk that he may not be with us the rest of the year. Be careful,” manager Buck Showalter said.

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Showalter said it was possible that he wouldn’t play Jones on Wednesday, either and give him the Thursday off day to rest the hamstring before allowing him to returning on Friday against the New York Yankees. 

“I would be tempted, but as I’ve gotten older I’ve gotten better at fighting temptation,” Showalter said. “I’ve thought about that. I’ve also thought about September…I feel like if Adam is ready to play today, he’d play. He’s available to us, close.” 

Jones did some running and throwing before the game. 

“There’s not any symptoms of long-term stuff,” Showalter said. 

On Monday, Jones said that he was trying to be smarter about not playing through injuries. 

“Wisdom comes through years. When Adam plays, which is most of the time, it’s with that fearless, reckless abandon, but it’s gotten smarter, too. It’s kind of like taking unneeded hits in football,” Showalter said.

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Scherzer starts as Nats look to keep rolling at Phillies

Scherzer starts as Nats look to keep rolling at Phillies

Nats (76-55) at Phillies (60-71) at Citizens Bank Park

After bouncing back with a 4-0 victory in the series opener, the Nats look to keep it going in Philly on Tuesday night with ace Max Scherzer on the mound.

Scherzer, who is 14-7 with a 2.92 ERA, tossed eight shutout innings against the Orioles his last time out. He last saw the Phillies on June 1 at CBP and gave up two runs in eight innings of work.

Ryan Zimmerman is back in there at first base after taking Monday off. The rest of the Nats lineup is the same.

First pitch: 7:05 p.m.
TV: CBS-9, MASN2
Radio: 106.7 The Fan
Starting pitchers: Nats - Max Scherzer vs. Phillies - Jerad Eickhoff

NATS

CF Trea Turner
LF Jayson Werth
2B Daniel Murphy
RF Bryce Harper
3B Anthony Rendon
C Wilson Ramos
1B Ryan Zimmerman
SS Danny Espinosa
RHP Max Scherzer

PHILLIES

TBA
RHP Jerad Eickhoff

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