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Victorino out with lower back stiffness

Wednesday, August 13, 2008, 12:13 AM
Just received word here in the press box that Shane Victorino is out of tonight's game because of lower back stiffness. He struck out in the top of the seventh, but was replaced in center field by Jayson Werth at the bottom of the seventh. So Taguchi replaced Werth in right field. No immediate word... Read more

No Surgery (Yet) For Flash

Tuesday, August 12, 2008, 8:32 PM
Phillies head athletic trainer Scott Sheridan spoke with reporter prior to the game tonight and filled us in on Tom Gordon's elbow situation. Essentially, his visit to Dr. Lewis Yocum in California confirmed what team doctor Michael Ciccotti had found in an MRI: he has a damaged ulnar collateral ligament... Read more

Forget Freddy - Benson, on the other hand. . .

Tuesday, August 12, 2008, 6:26 PM
Another gorgeous day here at Chavez Ravine. Was just talking with Phils PR man Greg Casterioto, and I think we both agree that this is the best park in the majors. I still haven't been to Wrigley, but I can't imagine it touches this. The weather is perfect, the scenery - mountains rising in the background... Read more

Hamels will be tested

Tuesday, August 12, 2008, 2:09 AM
I addressed some of this in my game story tomorrow, but I also wrote that in about 15 minutes (West Coast deadlines aren't very much fun), so I figure I'll try to expand a little bit: As much attention as has been lavished on Manny Ramirez the individual hitter in the past couple of weeks, I think... Read more

Pettibone in Fold; Lidge ready

Monday, August 11, 2008, 10:40 PM
Not sure how many of you East Coasters are still awake, but we've got a little bit of news here at the ballpark. The Phillies have agreed to terms with righthander Jonathan Pettibone, the No. 110 overall selection and a supplemental third rounder. It's a big signing in the sense that the Phillies strayed... Read more

Anyone else intrigued by this series?

Monday, August 11, 2008, 12:22 PM
It's about 9 a.m. here on the Left Coast, which means it's getting to be lunch time back there. From what I understand, I picked a good day to fly out. It's beautiful out here - high 70's, blue skies, no humidity. I could get used to this. I didn't get a chance to watch any of the game yesterday... Read more

Lidge sidelined for second straight game

Sunday, August 10, 2008, 5:11 PM
From Paul Hagen at Citizens Bank Park ... The Phillies were without closer Brad Lidge for the second straight game against the Pirates. “I don’t think it’s anything to be concerned about,” said manager Charlie Manuel. “It’s not what you’d call serious, but... Read more

23 innings and counting

Friday, August 8, 2008, 11:59 PM
Another ugly one here at the Bank. It's been 23 innings now since the Phillies have scored a run. It's the longest such stretch since 2000. The last time the Phillies were shut out in back to back games was in September of 1999. The good news? Joe Blanton looked good. Are the Phils frustrated? "Everybody... Read more

Gordon's season in doubt

Friday, August 8, 2008, 4:50 PM
Phillies reliever Tom Gordon's season is in doubt after an MRI revealed damage to his ulnar collateral ligament, an injury that commonly requires Tommy John surgery. Gordon will have a second opinion from California-based D. Lewis Ycum tomorrow before deciding how to proceed medically. Phillies... Read more

Remember Maholm?

Friday, August 8, 2008, 12:00 PM
Another morning, another look at the standings, another realization that the Phillies are in first place. They've been there for about 60 days this year, but they've never been more than four games ahead of the second place team. You kind of get the feeling this is how it's going to be for the rest... Read more
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