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Archive: February, 2009

Garciaparra no longer an option; Victorino in WBC; Eaton reaction

Friday, February 27, 2009, 1:06 PM
UPDATE: 1:45 p.m. One more note from this morning -- general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Nomar Garciaparra is no longer an option for the Phillies. It is the Phillies' belief that Garciaparra has narrowed his options to either the Oakland Athletics or retirement. "I would not view him as someone... Read more

Phillies release Eaton; Today's line-up

Friday, February 27, 2009, 10:38 AM
The Phillies have released righthander Adam Eaton, ending a disappointing two-year tenure with the Phillies. The team had been attempting to move the righthander to a team willing to assume a small portion of his $8.5 million salary, but with the writing on the wall in Philadelphia, the Phillies found... Read more

Phillies downplay Werth absence

Thursday, February 26, 2009, 2:07 PM
UPDATE: 6:40 p.m. Nothing to see here is what all parties say about Jayson Werth's absence from the Phillies line-up the past couple of days. Werth is the only position player from last year's postseason roster that has yet to appear in a Grapefruit League game, aside from injured veterans Chase Utley... Read more

Game 2: Phillies vs. Blue Jays

Thursday, February 26, 2009, 9:26 AM
It's the home opener, and from what I here, the Phillies are going all out for the pre-game ceremony. Here's the line-up: - Jimmy Rollins SS - Jason Donald 3B - Raul Ibanez LF - Ryan Howard DH - John Mayberry RF - Greg Dobbs 1B - Brian Giles 2B - Jason Ellison... Read more

Pirates 8, Phillies 2

Wednesday, February 25, 2009, 4:38 PM
There wasn't much to take out of this one, other than right fielder Geoff Jenkins predicted afterward that Jamie Moyer would pitch until he was 110. The veteran lefthander started the Grapefruit League opener and threw two scoreless innings, though results are completely meaningless at this point... Read more

Let the games begin: 10 things to watch

Tuesday, February 24, 2009, 8:53 PM
Not sure how much Pitcher Fielding Practice I can take. Which is good, because the Phillies begin their Grapefruit League schedule tomorrow. Earlier today we posted the line-up for tomorrow's opener against the Pirates. Pittsburgh plans on using nine pitchers, each taking an inning, which means the... Read more

Donald batting seventh tomorrow

Tuesday, February 24, 2009, 9:44 AM
The line-up for tomorrow Grapefruit League opener in Bradenton against the Pirates has been announced. Prospect Jason Donald will play second base and bat seventh, joining a host of veterans from last year's squad. - Jimmy Rollins SS - Shane Victorino CF - Raul Ibanez LF - Ryan... Read more

No more Nomar? Plus, pitching rotations

Monday, February 23, 2009, 9:27 AM
The Phillies are still hopeful that Nomar Garciaparra will decide to play baseball, and that he will decide to play baseball for them. But they aren't as optimistic about the situation as they were earlier in the offseason, especially now that the Athletics have emerged as a potentially-serious suitor... Read more

Weekend Update

Sunday, February 22, 2009, 10:30 AM
Cole Hamels left practice early yesterday, thanks to a personal issue that he is attending to. While this may raise some eyebrows on the foreheads of conspiracy theorists -- he left camp on the same day pitching coach Rich Dubee said his ace was behind the other pitchers at this stage of the game --... Read more

Utley looking realistic for Opening Day

Thursday, February 19, 2009, 11:01 AM
It's looking more and more like Chase Utley is going to be ready for Opening Day. While the Phillies will be extra-cautious with their star second baseman, he appears right on schedule for a four-month return to full health. Utley has been taking ground balls during fielding practice since Tuesday and... Read more
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