Michael Bennett and Darren Sproles absent as Eagles start OTAs

The Eagles have their first Organized Team Activity of the offseason on Monday and a couple of veteran members of the team aren’t on hand for the voluntary practice.
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Head coach Doug Pederson said that defensive lineman Michael Bennett and running back Darren Sproles are the only two players who opted not to report for the next phase of offseason work.

It’s Bennett’s first offseason with the team after being acquired in a trade with the Seahawks this offseason, but Pederson said they’ve spoken and isn’t concerned about the Womens Will Barton Jersey veteran being ready for the season. Pederson added that he expects Bennett for some of the 10 OTA practices and that his absence is not related to the indictment he faces in Houston.

Sproles re-signed with the team in late April and would likely be pretty limited if he were at practice after tearing his ACL last September, which may be part of the reason why Pederson was similarly unconcerned about his absence on Tuesday.

I don’t think it’s just the humidor. Even on the road, his strikeout rate has increased from 22.3 percent in 2017 to 30.0 percent and his walk rate has declined from 11.3 percent to 6.7 percent. Buster Olney alluded to a big issue in a recent column about hitters struggling with big-time fastballs: Through Friday’s games, the Diamondbacks’ first baseman had seen 77 pitches of 96 mph or faster without logging a hit, the most in the majors.

Three pitches cost him, manager Rick Renteria said. Three solo homers. We didn’t score enough runs for him.

Garcia chased Cashner with an RBI double in the sixth, making it 3-2 and putting runners on second and third with none out. But Givens came in and retired three in a row, getting Welington Castillo to pop out to first before striking out Tim Anderson and Adam Engel.

You’re hoping to get out of that with a run, but he made a lot of good pitches to some good hitters, Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said. We were fortunate.
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Castillo did not run out his popup, and Renteria replaced him with Omar Narvaez before the Orioles batted in the seventh.
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I’ve got to do this so everybody understands what we’re trying to do here, Renteria said. We’re not done with what we’re trying to do. For him, I know he felt bad about it. These kids own everything when push comes to shove. They own the responsibility.