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Archive: March, 2009

Lidge, Durbin Debuts, plus a look at the bullpen

Monday, March 9, 2009, 7:54 AM
The rotation for Wednesday's game against the Braves has been set, and it is notable because both Brad Lidge and Chad Durbin are scheduled to make their first appearances of the spring, although they will do so in a B Game. Durbin has been battling a hamstring strain, while Lidge is simply taking it... Read more

Ruiz OK, starting tonight

Sunday, March 8, 2009, 2:21 PM
Just got an update from assistant general manager Scott Proefrock -- Carlos Ruiz is OK and will start tonight in Panama's game against the Dominican Republic at 4:30 p.m. Ruiz is taking batting practice as I type. The Phillies catcher left last night's game against Puerto Rico with a neck strain... Read more

Updates on Ruiz, Kalas

Sunday, March 8, 2009, 12:46 PM
We've got updates on Harry Kalas and Carlos Ruiz down below. First, the line-up for today's game against the Braves. Joe Blanton is pitching, and he'll also be making his first at-bat since his now famous home run in the World Series: - Marcus Giles 3B - Jayson Werth CF - Raul Ibanez... Read more

Ever wonder about Paul Hagen's thoughts on the stimulus package?

Sunday, March 8, 2009, 7:24 AM
Well, now's your chance. Our esteemed national baseball writer will be chatting live on Philly.com tomorrow at 11 a.m. Not sure if there is a better way to kill that final hour of work before lunch. ^ Phils are in Atlanta today, and Carlos Carrasco is on the mound. The competition for the No. 5 spot... Read more

The race for No. 5 begins today

Friday, March 6, 2009, 12:38 PM
It has been something of a running joke throughout these first three-plus weeks of spring training. We, the fourth estate, ask pitching coach Rich Dubee his thoughts on the competition for the fifth spot in the rotation. Dubee, the pitching coach, rolls his eyes and says "It's early." But... Read more

Rollins: Back No Problem

Thursday, March 5, 2009, 9:22 AM
I caught up with Jimmy Rollins this morning as he was walking from the Team USA clubhouse at Bright House Field to the Phillies clubhouse. The Phillies were apparently concerned enough about Rollins' back, which MLB.com reported last night had bothered Rollins earlier this week, that they requested... Read more

If a home run falls in an exhibition game. . .

Wednesday, March 4, 2009, 3:21 PM
Just to make life a little more difficult for those trying to quantify spring performance, none of the performances from the Phillies' game against Team Canada today will count toward official spring statistics. That means John Mayberry Jr. still only has one home run this spring. That two-run moon... Read more

Hamstring hampering Coste

Wednesday, March 4, 2009, 12:20 PM
If you are wondering why Chris Coste has just one at-bat this spring, there is a good reason: he is hampered by a sore hamstring that could sideline him for the rest of this week. Coste said today that the injury is "very, very minor," but it was decided last week that he would be better... Read more

Does Giles have a shot?

Wednesday, March 4, 2009, 8:01 AM
It's an interesting question, the one posited in the subject line of this blog post. When he signed in the offseason for a minor league deal that could pay him $600,000, it wasn't hailed as big news. After all, Marcus Giles hadn't played baseball in more than a year, and the last season that he did... Read more

Free agent lefty still unlikely

Tuesday, March 3, 2009, 6:27 PM
The Phillies continue to monitor their free agent bullpen options, but as of yesterday morning lefthanders Will Ohman and Joe Beimel were still out of the team’s price range, which league sources have estimated at right around $1 million. One league source cautioned that “these things change... Read more
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