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Archive: March, 2008

Lidge placed on DL, will miss first four games of season

Monday, March 24, 2008, 5:07 PM
Brad Lidge said he was disappointed, but that he understood going on the disabled list was the best option for the Phillies as they prepare for the 2007 season. The club made the move this evening, placing Lidge on the DL retroactive to March 21, meaning he'll be eligible to pitch again on April 5... Read more

Durbin to bullpen looks like a done deal

Sunday, March 23, 2008, 8:24 PM
Figured I'd pass this little tidbit along. . . Every week, pitching coach Rich Dubee posts his scheduled pitching rotations on a bulletin board in the Phillies clubhouse at Bright House Field. The latest posting is the last of the spring, taking us from today through the exhibition game against Lehigh... Read more

Tigers' deal with Cabrera: $153 million (Ryan Howard, take note)

Sunday, March 23, 2008, 8:43 AM
One of the players who often came up in discussions about Ryan Howard's arbitration case was Miguel Cabrera, the Marlin turned Tiger who has averaged 32 home runs and 115 RBI the last 4 seasons. Cabrera was awarded $7.4 million 2007. Howard was awarded $10 million in 2008. Cabrera agreed to a one-year... Read more

Bullpen coming into clearer focus: Rosario placed on DL

Saturday, March 22, 2008, 6:36 PM
Looks like the Phillies have placed Francisco Rosario on the disabled list retroactive to March 21, meaning the right-hander won't be occupying a roster spot on Opening Day. . . What does this mean for the bullpen picture? Let's take a quick look: Locks: 1. Cole Hamels - Starter 2. Brett Myers... Read more

Benson plays catch; return still TBA

Saturday, March 22, 2008, 9:46 AM
I ran into Kris Benson just before taking off for Fort Myers yesterday. The veteran right-hander still doesn't know when he is going to get back on the mound, but he took a small step yesterday by playing catch. It'll be interesting to see how the arm feels today. It's kind of a day-to-day thing, with... Read more

Five spot is Eaton's

Saturday, March 22, 2008, 9:35 AM
Charlie Manuel didn't say the exact words, but anybody who was in the manager's office in Fort Myers yesterday realized that Adam Eaton would enter the season as the Phillies' No. 5 starter. We asked him several times if Eaton had won the job, and he never answered directly, but he said everything... Read more

Drabek on schedule to pitch in instructional league

Friday, March 21, 2008, 12:31 PM
Good morning/afternoon from Fort Myers, Fla. It's a pretty perfect day out, not too hot, not too cold, not too windy, not too still. Good day for baseball. The Phillies haven't exactly brough the dream team with them, but today isn't really about the position players. It's about Adam Eaton - specifically... Read more

Lidge's minor league appearance rained out

Thursday, March 20, 2008, 10:46 AM
Brad Lidge won't be pitching against a Yankees Triple-A team today. The Phillies closer had been scheduled to make his first game appearance of the spring, but the game has been rained out. Lidge could still pitch at some point today at the Carpenter Complex. Kyle Kenrick's minor league appearance... Read more

Good Morning: Hamels majestic; Mathieson improving; Eaton/Lidge schedules

Wednesday, March 19, 2008, 9:40 AM
Good morning. Up and at 'em since 6:30 this morning. Light breeze, forecast high of 82. Day game in St. Petersburg against the Rays today. Here's how we're looking: 1) Hamels: Yesterday was one of those rare spring training performances that was enjoyable to lean back and watch. Cole Hamels was... Read more

Afternoon notes: Badway brings down the house

Tuesday, March 18, 2008, 1:15 PM
Sorry for the delay in blogging today. . . Let's get right to it: 1) Those who were not at Bright House Field prior to the first pitch today missed one of the most, um, interesting Star Spangled Banner performances of all time. Dale Badway, a Broadway producer (pictured below), belted out the anthem... Read more
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