From Comcast SportsNetPHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Michael Vick will take his next snap in the season opener for the Philadelphia Eagles. Who replaces him if he gets hurt again remains a question.Vick is back at practice after leaving last Monday's game with injured ribs. He didn't play in Friday's game at Cleveland, but returned to the field Sunday night for Philadelphia's annual practice party at Lincoln Financial Field."I think he's real close to 100 percent," offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said Monday. "I thought he threw the ball last night just beautifully; threw it strong and aggressively. So, I think he's ready to rock and roll. That's my point on that. I think he's ready to go."Vick has taken just 12 snaps in two preseason games and isn't expected to play against the New York Jets in the preseason finale Thursday. The Eagles visit Cleveland in Week 1 on Sept. 9."I think in that ballgame that he got hurt, I think he would have played in the game if it was a regular season game," Mornhinweg said. "I don't know that for sure, but that was just my thought at the time."The more important thought in the coordinator's mind right now revolves around the backup quarterbacks. Philadelphia has Mike Kafka, Trent Edwards and Nick Foles in the fold right now.Foles, a rookie third-round pick from Arizona, has been impressive in the first three games. He threw two touchdown passes in the first quarter and led the Eagles to a 27-10 victory over the Browns last Friday. Foles finished the victory 12 of 19 for 146 yards with one interception. He's 36 of 57 passes for 507 yards, with six TDs and two interceptions so far.Kafka, the incumbent backup, hasn't played the last two games because of a hand injury. It would seem that Foles has moved up the depth chart, but Mornhinweg wasn't ready to say it."That choice has not been made," Mornhinweg said. "We've got several different things to evaluate there. I certainly have great confidence in all of our quarterbacks to do all of the jobs that we would ask them to do: backup and the number three. (Quarterbacks coach) Doug Pederson has done just an outstanding job with all four of the quarterbacks."Kafka, a third-year pro, might even be in danger of losing his roster spot. Edwards has also been outstanding in the preseason. The 28-year-old veteran is 32 of 48 for 292 yards with two TDs and no interceptions. Edwards was 14-18 as a starter for Buffalo between 2007-10. He was released by Oakland last year and sat out the season."Well, we haven't come to that decision. We've got some days of practice and the last preseason game to evaluate that and discuss it," Mornhinweg said. "We've got four quarterbacks here (who) really can play at a high level. Those are good things. Those are good things that you have to come to a decision on at some point here and it's coming up pretty quick."The Eagles (No. 8 in the AP Pro32), who closed the regular season on a four-game winning streak last year, are 3-0 this preseason and have scored 78 points along the way.
The mystery of who will pitch the series finale for the Nationals against the Padres on Sunday is over, as manager Dusty Baker revealed the team's plans to call up top prospect Lucas Giolito to make his third career MLB start.
With Giolito on his way to Washington, the Nationals will have to determine a corresponding move. And three players - Ryan Zimmerman, Joe Ross and Sammy Solis - all nearing their returns from the disabled list, there could be a lot of shuffling on the Nats' roster in the coming days and weeks.
Giolito, 22, joins the Nats after making one start at Triple-A Syracuse. Through two big league starts this season he has a 4.70 ERA across 7 2/3 innings. Both of his outings came against the New York Mets.
Zimmerman (left ribcage strain) has made two rehab appearances with the Single-A Potomac Nationals. He went 2-for-4 with a double in his first game and 1-for-5 with two RBI and a run in his second. He was set to play his third game with the P-Nats on Saturday evening.
Solis also played with Potomac on Friday night and struck out three in a scoreless inning. He will now move on to Single-A Hagerstown to continue his rehab back from right knee inflammation.
"Solis, he pitched yesterday and said it went well. He's going to throw again tomorrow," Baker said. "Him and Joe are both going to throw at Hagerstown. We'll keep our fingers crossed that that works out well, too."
Ross will be making his first rehab appearance with Hagerstown on Sunday as he works his way back from right shoulder inflammation. He has been on the disabled list since July 3.
The Nationals chose Giolito to start over Reynaldo Lopez, one of their other hard-throwing prospects. Lopez pitched against the Dodgers on Tuesday and gave up six earned runs in 4 2/3 innings.
Lopez was brought up to replace Giolito's spot in the rotation for his July 19 debut after the Nats determined Giolito needed more work in the minors. They sent him to Syracuse hoping he could work on his fastball command and his curveball. Giolito responded with 6 2/3 innings and only one unearned run in his lone outing in Triple-A.
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BALTIMORE—Darren O’Day wasn’t impressed with the uniforms worn by the Baysox to honor David Bowie on Friday night.
“I wore a pretty bad jersey, probably the worst jersey I ever wore,” O’Day said.
While wearing that jersey for an inning, O’Day struck out two and allowed a hit while pitching for Bowie
“The outing was good. I felt good. I got to execute most of my pitches. It felt good to get back out there. I had a baserunner, so that was good,” O’Day said. “Altogether positive.”
O’Day, who has been on the 15-day disabled list since June 3 with a strained right hamstring, thinks that is the only rehab assignment he’ll need before returning to the Orioles.
“I hope so,” O’Day said. He’ll talk with Dan Duquette, Buck Showalter and the trainers. “My delivery was in a good place. I was making a lot of good pitches. Everything was moving like it should.”
Meanwhile, Joey Rickard will be in a splint for the next three weeks to rest the injured ligament in his right thumb. Rickard will probably not be able to play until September. Surgery is not required.
“As soon as possible. My goal is to beat whatever they told me by whatever I can, so I’m going to do everything in my power to make sure that happens,” Rickard said.
Showalter said that Rickard would stay in Baltimore and not go to Sarasota since there wasn’t anything he could do there that he couldn’t do here. He won’t travel with the Orioles, Showalter said.
BALTIMORE—In the last day, there have been reports that the Orioles and San Diego Padres are working on a trade involving Ubaldo Jimenez and Melvin Upton.
In the annual talk to Orioles’ season ticketholders, executive vice president Dan Duquette didn’t directly address any rumors about possible deals.
“What reports?” Duquette asked. “We want to play in October, so anything you see that we’re doing is to that end. We want to have the strongest club we can have in all areas.”
One of the several hundred season ticketholders who gathered in back of the visiting dugout to listen to Duquette and manager Buck Showalter screamed: “Sign Trumbo.”
Trumbo is likely to be a highly sought after free agent, and at last year’s forum, Duquette indicated that re-signing Chris Davis was a priority. He made no such assessment this time.
“I always focus on this year’s team,” Duquette said. “Trumbo’s having a fantastic year.”
Duquette was also asked about an extension for Manny Machado.
“We tried to sign Manny long term a couple of years ago, we didn’t quite do the deal, and then he got hurt. We revisited it in spring training,” Duquette said.
“I’m sure we’ll revisit it again. Manny likes it here. He likes playing here. I'm encouragted that Manny likes it here, something that I'm sure we'll revisit."
One fan criticized the July 2014 deal that sent left-handed pitching prospect Eduardo Rodriguez to the Boston Red Sox for Andrew Miller.
“Given that same opportunity, we’d try to do that again,” Duquette said.