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That bullpen session was DeSclafani’s third since recovering from a strained ulnar collateral ligament suffered in spring training, a sign of progress for the 27-year-old Cincinnati Reds pitcher. But it’s highly unlikely the right-hander will be able to return before the calendar flips to August.
“I was hoping at some point after the All-Star Break, because I was really looking forward to going to Yankee Stadium (in late July),” said the New Jersey native, who has been rehabbing in Arizona since spring. “That’s probably not going to happen.”
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DeSclafani’s session Friday was the first in which he threw more than fastballs. DeSclafani said he threw all of his pitches – curveball, slider, change-up and heater – and that he felt good about his command.
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“I’ve had zero setbacks,” he said. “I’ve made every scheduled throwing session, bullpen, flat-ground. It’s been going well so far, so hopefully it stays the course.”
Right-hander Rookie Davis is on a rehab assignment with Double-A Pensacola as he works back from a back issue, but manager Bryan Price couldn’t guarantee that Davis would at least bump up a level once his rehab stint wraps up. That’s not as much a comment on Davis, but on how overpopulated the Triple-A team is with young pitchers.
The Triple-A squad already has Amir Garrett, Cody Reed, Robert Stephenson and Tyler Mahle as top prospects in the rotation, with Jackson Stephens and Lisalverto Bonilla filling things out. Sal Romano also rejoined the club Friday, although he’ll return to the majors after the All-Star Break.
Some of those guys could wind up in Double-A just to ensure they pitch enough.
“At one point in time, we went to a six-man rotation in Triple-A,” Price said. “Where that might serve a purpose for some, it <a href="http://www.texansprosale.com/greg-mancz-jersey-c-1_43.html">Greg Mancz Authentic Jersey</a> wasn’t going to serve a purpose long term for all. We want them all starting pitching regularly, as opposed to a six-man rotation for the final six-seven weeks of the season.”
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At the conclusion of the offseason program, Colts general manager Chris Ballard sat down for an interview with Colts.com’s Bob Lamey and shared his thoughts on the state of Indy’s roster.
At one point during his lengthy response, Ballard discussed his thoughts about the wide receiver position. He mentioned four guys, and then said that there will be a battle for the fifth spot, mentioning Phillip Dorsett - before he backtracked and said that it’s really a battle for the third through fifth spots. Here’s his comments on the receivers:
In Ballard’s defense, this could be something as simple as accidental oversight, and once he realized that he gave the impression that the first four spots were determined he clarified that. Along those lines, I don’t think anybody should expect the wide receiver depth chart to be decided right now, so we shouldn’t take Ballard’s comments to mean that.
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It sounds like, at this point, T.Y. Hilton and Donte Moncrief are atop the depth chart at the position, followed by Chester Rogers and Kamar Aiken in whatever order (that’s likely still to be determined). Dorsett, then, seems to currently be the fifth guy on the depth chart, at least in the mind of Chris Ballard based on this offseason.
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Christophe Counil (Premier secrétaire du Parti socialiste sarthois)
"C’est un score qui n’a rien d’étonnant. On s’y était préparé. On sentait que la campagne n’imprimait pas. Benoît Hamon a fait une très mauvaise campagne, notamment en cherchant un accord avec Jean-Luc Mélenchon. Il aurait dû plutôt rassembler les socialistes. Je n’ai jamais connu un PS aussi déchiré et divisé. Ça fait mal au cœur mais ça n’a pas l’ampleur du 21 avril 2002 (qualification de Jean-Marie <a href="http://www.silentunrest.com/">http://www.silentunrest.com/</a> Le Pen pour le second tour de la présidentielle ndlr). Mon boulot maintenant est de mobiliser la famille socialiste pour les législatives. Et pour le second tour, il n’y a pas d’ambiguïté, il faut battre Marine le Pen."
Christelle Morançais (vice-présidente du conseil régional, Les Républicains
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Pascal Gannat (Secrétaire départemental du Front National)
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Dominique Le Méner (président du département de la Sarthe, Les Républicains)
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Anne Beauchef (conseillère régionale Les Républicains)
"Je suis sonnée, dans l’émotion. Je pensais vraiment qu’on serait qualifié. Depuis quatre ans, je suis dans un tunnel. A aucun moment je n’ai douté même si j’ai été ébranlée (par les affaires, ndlr). Mais je pensais que les Français n’allaient pas punir François Fillon. Car ils nous punissent nous aussi."
Vanessa Charbonneau (secrétaire départementale Les Républicains)
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Marlène Schiappa (porte-parole d'En Marche ! Sarthe)
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Marietta Karamanli (députée PS)
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Louis-Jean de Nicolay (sénateur-maire du Lude Les Républicains)
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Suh’s an interesting mentor. He plays the position as well as anyone in recent history, but isn’t exactly known for having a warm personality. Some Dolphins have said he’s more engaging with teammates behind the scenes than he is with the media, though, and his post-draft phone call with Godchoux had a welcoming tone to it.
“It was very friendly,” Godchoux said with a smile. “I was surprised.”
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That could be an intimidating environment, but Taylor and Godchaux sound excited about the chance to study alongside a master craftsman.
“Growing up, I used to always tell myself I liked the way Ndamukong Suh played,” Taylor said. “I’m not saying that just because I got drafted by Miami, but I’ve been saying that in every interview.
“Ndamukong Suh was always that guy I looked up to and for me to be able to be on the same team with him and just learn from him, I am looking forward to see what God has in store for me and what I can learn from him.”
Godchaux was the 11th defensive tackle selected, though many believe he’s better than that. An off-field domestic violence allegation while at LSU—all charges were quickly dropped, and the Dolphins said they felt comfortable taking him after a thorough investigation by their security people—was thought to be the main reason he slipped in the draft.
NFL.com ranked him the No. 58 overall prospect in this year’s class, and he was confident enough to leave after his junior year. He’s 6-foot-4, 299 pounds and had 12.5 sacks over the past two seasons.
Taylor was the 14th pick at his position, but comes in with equally impressive credentials. He put up 12 sacks for a total of 87 lost yards over the last two seasons, plus 99 tackles and two forced fumbles.
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The Kansas City Chiefs hosted Tiller for a free agent visit on Monday, the third such visit after previously hosting linebacker Gerald Hodges and defensive tackle Bennie Logan. Hodges is still a free agent, but John Dorsey struck a one-year deal with Logan to help replace the departed Dontari Poe on the defensive line. With Tiller, it’s a bit harder to tell what K.C.’s general manager is thinking.
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Andrew Tiller finally seemed to find a home in San Francisco after bouncing around the league. What allowed him to find a home with the Niners?
Andrew Tiller managed to be in the right situation at the right time. The 49ers were dealing with two notable offensive line departures in 2015 — Mike Iupati and Anthony Davis. Towards the end of the season, when it became apparent right guard Jordan Devey wasn’t going to work out, fans got to see a little of what he was capable of doing. He looked like a solid backup and even a potential starting guard in a power scheme.
Tiller started several games in the last two seasons for the Niners. Was he a solid starter or was it detrimental to the line?
Late in 2016, I was one of a number of people wondering why Tiller wasn’t getting the start over veteran left guard Zane Beadles. Part of it probably was the zone-scheme fit, which former head coach Chip Kelly implemented a year ago. Pro Football Focus certainly graded Tiller higher than Beadles. Of course some of this could be the stigma of<a href="http://www.authenticcowboysstore.com/shop-by-players-dan-bailey-jersey-c-2_16.html">http://www.authenticcowboysstore.com/shop-by-players-dan-bailey-jersey-c-2_16.html</a> being an undrafted free agent, but it’s hard to see that being a reality for a struggling team.
Nevertheless, I think most Niner fans were impressed by Tiller’s play, even if it was limited.
Why were the Niners ready to move on?
It’s more of a fit thing at this point than anything else. Tiller is probably best suited for a power scheme, not the zone-blocking approach. And head coach Kyle Shanahan will be implementing an outside-zone approach this offseason. I’m not sure Tiller fits into that. And, by looking at the guys’ strengths ahead of Tiller on the depth chart, perhaps both Shanahan and general manager John Lynch just didn’t see the fit.
I don’t think letting Tiller walk was a matter of trimming the fat, which has happened elsewhere among the roster. I just think it was never going to be the right fit, scheme-wise.
What does Tiller have to offer a team like the Chiefs?
Tiller is, at best, a stopgap starter in a team needing an inside presence, preferably at the right guard position. He’s OK at left guard, but he’s not quite as adept at run blocking on the left side of the line, which could hinder teams running to that side. I’m not sure if Tiller winds up being an everyday starter for the next two or <a href="http://www.authenticnflraidersshop.com/shop-by-players-mychal-rivera-jersey-c-2_51.html">http://www.authenticnflraidersshop.com/shop-by-players-mychal-rivera-jersey-c-2_51.html</a> three years, but he’s certainly capable of holding his own.
Teams looking for a solid, power-scheme guard could make some use of Tiller, especially in an immediate swing-guard role.