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Archive: September, 2008

Burrell Leaves with Discomfort in Lower Back

Tuesday, September 30, 2008, 5:56 PM
The news is coming fast and furious today. . . Pat Burrell left batting practice today after experiencing discomfort in his lower back while taking a swing. He left the field, gingerly walking down the steps before disappearing into the clubhouse. The official word from the Phillies is that he will... Read more

Happ In, Roster Almost set

Tuesday, September 30, 2008, 3:37 PM
The Phillies have yet to announce their playoff roster, but by process of elimination we have a pretty good idea who is on it. Obviously, the only players who are candidates are the ones who still had lockers in the club house yesterday. J.A. Happ was one of them, and he told me earlier today that... Read more

Happ in, Golson out

Tuesday, September 30, 2008, 1:38 PM
Lefthander J.A. Happ will be on the Phillies' playoff roster for the National League Division Series against Milwaukee. Happ confirmed that he was told a few days ago. He will serve in a long relief role. Speedy outfielder Greg Golson is not on the playoff roster. He does not have a locker in the... Read more

Lidge Named Comeback Player of the Year

Tuesday, September 30, 2008, 12:59 PM
As I type, the Phillies' clubhouse is about five minutes away from opening to the media, so that will be our first chance to gauge the atmosphere of the Local Nine 26 hours away from the NLDS opener against the Brewers. Some Phillies-related news to pass along. . . Major League Baseball has chosen... Read more

Brewers go with Gallardo

Monday, September 29, 2008, 7:06 PM
According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, the Brewers are going to throw young righty Yovani Gallardo against Cole Hamels in Game One on Wednesday. A very interesting move. Stuff wise, this guy is probably the second-best pitcher on the staff. He went 9-5 last season with a 3.67 ERA in 20 starts... Read more

Home-Away Splits: Myers vs. Moyer

Monday, September 29, 2008, 4:04 PM
The rotation is set. The Phillies have set their rotation and are expected to announce it at some point in the near future. As expected - and detailed in the post below - Brett Myers will pitch Game Two on Thursday and Jamie Moyer will pitch Game Three on Saturday. Earlier in the week I threw out... Read more

Pitching rotations/Playoff Roster/Garcia vs. Gavin

Monday, September 29, 2008, 11:36 AM
Two big questions I've been bombarded with: What's the deal with the playoff roster? Who's going to pitch? Here are the answers as best I have them right now: 1) Playoff roster: The Phillies don't have to finalize their playoff roster until 10 a.m. on Wednesday, but manager Charlie Manuel said... Read more

Victorino should be OK

Sunday, September 28, 2008, 1:43 PM
A few odds and ends from the clubhouse before the game. . . 1) The Phillies were concerned about Shane Victorino yesterday, but the center fielder was in good spirits today and isn't in danger of missing any playoff games because of a bruised shin. Manager Charlie Manuel said today that he expects... Read more

You win, they'll forgive

Saturday, September 27, 2008, 8:14 PM
Charlie Manuel doesn't always have a way with words, but he is a smart man, and month and a half ago he said seemed strangely prophetic as the celebration at Citizens Bank Park unfolded. It was in the middle of the whole Jimmy Rollins fiasco, when the MVP short stop took Philadelphia fans task for... Read more

Two up, one to play = NL East Champions

Saturday, September 27, 2008, 7:44 PM
It seemed appropriate: crowd roaring, towels waving, that familiar siren signaling his entrance. Brad Lidge trotted out to the mound and did what he has all season. This time, it wasn't just a game that was saved, but a regular season campaign, which came to a stirring end yesterday with a 4-3... Read more
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