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Archive: May, 2011

Chase Utley has left the building

Sunday, May 22, 2011, 9:45 AM
It looks like Chase Utley has played his last game for Clearwater, at least for the time being. According to several people down in Florida, including Phillies' prospect Jiwan James, Utley packed up his things last night in order to fly back to Philadelphia. A Monday return to the active roster appears... Read more

The thought process behind the call-up

Friday, May 20, 2011, 6:30 PM
The thick silence of embarrassing defeat was still present in the bowels of Citizens Bank Park when Ruben Amaro Jr. and Charlie Manuel sat together in the manager's office and hashed out the immediate future of their underperforming baseball team. The night had produced not just a 7-1 loss to the Colorado... Read more

Domonic Brown is back

Friday, May 20, 2011, 2:46 PM
A little more than 12 hours after Ruben Amaro Jr. said that Domonic Brown would "probably not" be called up from Triple-A Lehigh Valley, the Phillies reversed course and summoned their top prospect to the major league roster, placing Shane Victorino on the 15-day disabled list and welcoming the top... Read more

Blanton scratched at last minute; Kendrick to start

Thursday, May 19, 2011, 7:01 PM
UPDATE: Assistant general manager Scott Proefrock said Blanton experienced some soreness in his arm while warming up and went in to see team doctor Michael Ciccotti. That's all we know at this point. Kendrick allowed five runs in three innings, all of them coming on home runs by Jason Giambi. ^ A... Read more

Gload in line-up, Phils catch break this weekend

Thursday, May 19, 2011, 5:06 PM
Although I may act like it at times, I do not have a direct line to God. So I'm not sure that tonight's game will start on time. But the thunderstorm that rolled through South Philly around 3:30 p.m. has moved out and there are a few patches of blue peaking through the clouds. If I had a green screen... Read more

Two months before trade season, the Phillies' biggest need

Wednesday, May 18, 2011, 11:12 AM
There are two ways to look at things. One, the Phillies have compiled of the best records in the majors, and they have managed to do so despite a series of injuries to crucial performers. Closer Brad Lidge and set-up man Jose Contreras are on the disabled list. Righthanders Roy Oswalt and Joe Blanton... Read more

Ibanez is one of the nice guys

Tuesday, May 17, 2011, 11:35 AM
Just a random tidbit to pass along ... Raul Ibanez might not be terribly popular with all the Phillies fans right now, but he is popular with other major leaguers. In this week’s Sports Illustrated poll, 290 MLB players were asked, “Who is the nicest player in baseball?” Ibanez... Read more

Phils shake up lineup for tonight's game; Oswalt off DL

Monday, May 16, 2011, 4:07 PM
ST. LOUIS - The Phillies have shaken up their lineup for Monday night's game against the Cardinals. Here is tonight's lineup: 1. Jimmy Rollins, SS 2. Wilson Valdez, 3B (Placido Polanco said he is not injured, he is just getting a day off.) 3. Raul Ibanez, LF 4. Ryan Howard, 1B 5. John Mayberry... Read more

Your daily injury update: Utley, no DL for Victorino, Dom Brown, More

Sunday, May 15, 2011, 11:46 AM
The heat and humidty have broken here in Atlanta as the Phillies prepare to face Tim Hudson in an attempt to win this three-game series in Atlanta. A half hour ago, Ruben Amaro Jr. briefed reporters on the lengthy list of injuries that have plagued the Phillies over the first couple months of the... Read more

Breaking down the last four innings of a 5-3 loss. . .

Saturday, May 14, 2011, 7:43 PM
It's easy to second-guess Charlie Manuel's bullpen decision-making in the Phillies' 5-3 loss to the Braves. But let's try to talk through his rationale: Trailing 2-1 heading into the bottom of the sixth, Manuel's ideal game unfolds like this: -Lefty J.C. Romero faces lefty Eric Hinske, pitches carefully... Read more
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