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Archive: March, 2008

Benson will miss start with biceps tendinitis

Monday, March 17, 2008, 4:19 PM
Phillies right-hander Kris Benson will miss a scheduled minor league start tomorrow, but hopes to return to the mound in about a week. The veteran starter, whom the team is hoping will slip into the rotation sometime in May, has experienced soreness in his right arm since throwing a minor league game... Read more

Myers impressive; Blackley a reliever; Hamels will start two days from now

Sunday, March 16, 2008, 10:35 PM
My colleague Paul Hagen says he did a double take when he saw the box score from today's 6-2 win over the Reds. Not because the Phillies won, but because Brett Myers pitched seven innings. That's almost unheard of in a Grapefruit League start on March 16. Consider: only three other pitchers in action... Read more

Silver linings in Sarasota

Sunday, March 16, 2008, 12:30 PM
It's an overcast morning in Sarasota. The Reds are finishing up batting practice. The Phillies are coming off their eighth loss in nine days after surrendering 11 runs to the Minnesota Twins. Charlie Manuel met with center fielder Shane Victorino privately yesterday. There's no telling what might happen... Read more

Good morning: Eaton's back, plus -- want to make $300? Ryan Howard can help

Saturday, March 15, 2008, 9:39 AM
I woke up this morning with a gut feeling, and it had nothing to do with the stone crabs I downed last night (if you are ever in the Clearwater area, drop by Frenchy's original cafe. . .it is different from Frenchy's on the beach). For some reason, I think today will be the day that someone vying... Read more

Are some Phillies slacking? Manuel thinks so.

Friday, March 14, 2008, 6:17 PM
Charlie Manuel says it's time for a talk. Yeah, yeah, yeah. . .it's only spring training. But Manuel isn't satisfied with the way these Phillies have been playing. After the latest in a string of losses - 7 of the last 8, to be exactly - the Phils manager told us he's planning on addressing his... Read more

Lidge targeting Wednesday or Thursday for return to Grapefruit League action

Friday, March 14, 2008, 11:07 AM
The report from Brad Lidge continues to be positive. We caught up with the Phillies closer a few minutes after he completed the next big step in his recovery from knee surgery -- facing live hitters -- and he said he thinks he could make his first Grapefruit League appearance of the spring by the middle... Read more

Lohse signs with St. Louis for $4.25 million; Phillies beat writers rejoice

Thursday, March 13, 2008, 8:34 PM
When I'm 70 years old, and I look back on my life, I will remember days like these with fondness. 1. The day I got married. 2. The day I had my first child. 3. The day Kyle Lohse signed with the St. Louis Cardinals. You can stop your emails. You can delete the message board threads. You can stop... Read more

Benson could be ready by end of May

Thursday, March 13, 2008, 6:35 PM
Kris Benson wants his next appearance to come in a Grapefruit League game. The Phillies seem more inclined to let him start at least one more game against minor league competition. Either way, we got a little more insight today into the team's thinking for Benson's future today. Charlie Manuel told... Read more

Manuel: Get off Kendrick's back

Thursday, March 13, 2008, 11:41 AM
It was a pretty innocent question, but Charlie Manuel used it to give his struggling young starter a vote of confidence. Yesterday, a colleague of mine asked the Phils' manager if he felt Kyle Kendrick needed a strong performance in his next outing in order to regain some confidence he may have lost... Read more

Hamels scratched due to flu; Madson set for first spring start

Wednesday, March 12, 2008, 2:35 PM
Cole Hamels was scheduled to pitch in a minor league game today at the Carpenter Complex, but was sidelined due to a bout with the flu. It isn't clear when the lefty, who has a 12.60 ERA in two spring appearances, will get back on the mound. The Phillies face Cincinnati in a rare spring night game... Read more
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