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Archive: June, 2009

Heat, humidity and the wonder hamster

Tuesday, June 23, 2009, 3:36 PM
We're here in St. Petersburg, where it is 72 degrees and fluorescent. I'm not a big fan of indoor baseball. There's a reason the Rays are still struggling to draw more than 20,000 a night, except on nights where Ludacris performs a post-game profanity-free concert (True story. It happened on June... Read more

Lidge to pitch 8th in rehab stint

Tuesday, June 23, 2009, 1:03 PM
Trying to simulate more usual game conditions, Phillies reliever Brad Lidge is scheduled to pitch the eighth inning tonight for the Class A Clearwater Threshers against the Tampa Yankees. Lidge is making his second rehab appearance. He started Saturday night for Double A Reading and threw a 15-pitch... Read more

Condrey to disabled list

Monday, June 22, 2009, 10:52 PM
The Phillies battered bullpen will take another hit tomorrow, when the Phillies plan to place righthander Clay Condrey on the disabled list with a strained oblique. One of the team's most reliable arms for the first two months of the season, Condrey has pitched just twice since June 13. In those two... Read more

Howard diagnosed with acute sinusitis; could play tomorrow

Monday, June 22, 2009, 12:02 PM
Just received an update from the Phillies on Ryan Howard, who has been out of the line-up for two straight games with an illness: “Ryan Howard was seen by Dr. Marc Harwood today. After reviewing previous tests and evaluating him, Dr. Harwood has diagnosed him with acute sinusitis,” general... Read more

Simply put: It's the pitching

Monday, June 22, 2009, 9:02 AM
Charlie Manuel rose through the ranks as a hitting coach. That's what he knows. The Phillies' line-up is built to hit. That's what they know. So it's only natural that in times like these -- 1-8 on this recently-completed home stand with a three-game series against the tough Rays on tap -- the focus... Read more

Ibanez on Injury

Friday, June 19, 2009, 9:30 PM
In case you missed it, here are some excerpts from Raul Ibanez's interview on Daily News Live, where I tried to get a clearer picture of the status of his strained groin. Neither Ibanez nor the Phillies will guesstimate the length of his absence, but both said an MRI revealed nothing serious. Here... Read more

Another June Swoon?

Friday, June 19, 2009, 3:29 PM
Last June 13, the Phillies erupted for 20 runs in a 20-2 win over the Cardinals in St. Louis. At the time, they looked poise to go on a summer tear. They were 41-28, up four games in the National League East, hitting .265 as a team, averaging 5.4 runs per game. And then? Well, the bottom fell out... Read more

More on Ibanez and Lidge and the trade market

Thursday, June 18, 2009, 12:17 PM
Busy day here at the old ballyard. The tarp is off the field and it looks like we shouldn't have any problem getting this one in. A quick run-down of today's events: 1) General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. gave no indication of how long the Phillies think Raul Ibanez will be sidelined for. The groin has... Read more

OF Raul Ibanez placed on 15-day disabled list - UPDATED

Thursday, June 18, 2009, 10:08 AM
Phillies outfielder Raul Ibanez was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left groin strain, which clearly hampered him during last night's loss. OF John Mayberry was recalled from Triple A. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. and the Phillies medical staff made the decision to place Ibanez on the... Read more

Coste to start tonight

Wednesday, June 17, 2009, 4:12 PM
Chris Coste will start behind the plate tonight in place of Carloe Ruiz with lefthander Jamie Moyer on the mound against Toronto. Coste will start for the fourth time in Moyer's last five starts. Moyer is 4-1 with Coste behind the plate and 0-4 with Ruiz. Here is tonight's lineup: 1. Jimmy Rollins... Read more
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