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Archive: July, 2011

Pence deal: Future is now

Saturday, July 30, 2011, 12:07 AM
When Joe Klein was farm director of the Texas Rangers, he was called out of a staff meeting one spring training evening in 1982 and given a heads-up. The team was about to announce that two of the system’s best young pitching prospects, Ron Darling and Walt Terrell, were being traded to the Mets... Read more

Beltran, Pence, Quentin, more. . .

Thursday, July 28, 2011, 5:11 PM
Lots of stuff to get to, and I only have 10 minutes before I'm scheduled to go on Daily News Live. Carlos Beltran just spoke to the media and confirmed what had become apparent over the last couple of days: the Phillies were well removed from the Beltran bidding by the time everything was settled. "They... Read more

Beltran off the board

Wednesday, July 27, 2011, 1:50 PM
UPDATE: The New York Post is now reporting that the Mets will be getting stud pitching prospect Zack Wheeler in the deal. Wheeler was ranked as the No. 35 prospect in the game by Baseball America in that publication's midseason rankings. Phillies top pitching prospect Jarred Cosart, who likely would... Read more

A right-handed hitter who might be worth the farm?

Tuesday, July 26, 2011, 8:06 PM
In an earlier post, we concluded that Hunter Pence is not a "high on base percentage guy" or a "power hitter." But here's a guy who could fit into both categories. . . White Sox right fielder Carlos Quentin has not seen his name pop up in the trade deadline rumor mill very often. That's probably... Read more

Who is Hunter Pence?

Tuesday, July 26, 2011, 3:46 PM
First thing's first: Hunter Pence would upgrade this Phillies line-up. Significantly. There really is not much of an argument to be made against that statement. He would enable the Phillies to do a number of different things with their line-up, whether it is hitting Pence behind Ryan Howard, or hitting... Read more

Someone's gotta blink...

Tuesday, July 26, 2011, 9:30 AM
Thus far, the trade deadline is unfolding as we expected, with the few teams with desireable resources holding firm on their asking prices to the plethora of teams who all seem to be searching for the same thing. Today in the New York Post, esteemed national baseball writer Joel Sherman includes a... Read more

Polanco to start rehab on Thursday

Monday, July 25, 2011, 12:43 PM
From Paul Hagen. . . Placido Polanco said today that he anticipates playing in his first rehab outing on Thursday at Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Polanco said that he could return to the active roster by Saturday or Sunday. It sounds like he definitely plans on being on the plane when the Phillies embark... Read more

Oswalt set to begin rehab

Sunday, July 24, 2011, 12:12 PM
Roy Oswalt could be back on the active roster sometime during the first week of August if all goes according to plan. The veteran righthander threw a 45-pitch bullpen session prior to Sunday's game against the Padres at Citizens Bank Park. Afterward, Oswalt said everything went smoothly and that he... Read more

Threshers' Colvin leaves game with injury

Saturday, July 23, 2011, 9:00 AM
Brody Colvin, one of the Phillies' Baby Aces for Class A Clearwater, was pulled after three innings Friday night, with tightness in his groin. The team said the move was precautionary and that Colvin is scheduled to make his next start. Colvin allowed one hit with four strikeouts. Relievers Tommy... Read more

Lidge returns, Baez designated for assignment

Friday, July 22, 2011, 2:17 PM
Reliever Brad Lidge has been added to the active roster for the first time this season. To make room for him, righthander Danys Baez was designated for assignment. Lidge, 34, has missed the entire season due to a right posterior rotator cuff strain suffered in spring training. He was originally placed... Read more
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