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Archive: September, 2009

Moyer to undergo surgery, could return by spring

Wednesday, September 30, 2009, 8:46 PM
Turns out, one of Jamie Moyer's most important pitching performances of the season was also his last. The 46-year-old lefthander, who helped protect a three-run lead Tuesday night by recording four outs in the sixth and seventh innings to set Ryan Madson up for a six-out save, will have season-ending... Read more

Pedro Martinez will start tomorrow

Tuesday, September 29, 2009, 5:04 PM
Pedro Martinez will start tomorrow, his first action since he suffered a strained neck in Atlanta on Sept. 19. The move will help prevent a long layoff for Cliff Lee before the start of the playoffs (provided, of course, the Phillies make the postseason), who would have been on six days rest for Game... Read more

Can the Phillies afford not to have Happ in the playoff rotation - if there is one?

Tuesday, September 29, 2009, 10:56 AM
I'm about to type a phrase that would have been tough to imagine using five days ago, when the Phillies beat the Brewers to take a seven-game lead in the NL East with 10 to play. Must win. As in, they must win tonight. It isn't time to push the panic button yet. But if the Phillies somehow manage... Read more

Who's hot? Who's not? More importantly, does it matter?

Monday, September 28, 2009, 12:42 PM
You'll find an interesting dichotomy within the baseball coverage in today's Daily News. On one page, there is a story about the Phillies' potential to use these last seven games to get hot. On another, there is a story about their potential to use these last seven games to get some much-needed rest... Read more

Happ as a closer? Manuel doesn't rule it out

Friday, September 25, 2009, 12:47 AM
After Brad Lidge blew his 11th save of the season Wednesday night and set-up man Ryan Madson contributed by allowing a run in the eighth, the focus once again turned to the situation at the back of the bullpen. During a post-game conversation with another writer, I floated one possible remedy: J.A... Read more

Good news for Ruiz

Wednesday, September 23, 2009, 3:16 PM
Carlos Ruiz's trip back to Philadelphia to see hand specialst Dr. Randall Culp sounded ominous. But the news, according to the Phillies, is positive: An MRI showed no structural damage to the catcher's sprained left wrist, and he could be back on the field within three to five days. Ruiz will be re-examined... Read more

Myers diagnosed with Grade 1 strain; Phils hopeful he will return

Tuesday, September 22, 2009, 8:12 PM
A quick update on some things: 1) Brett Myers was diagnosed with a Grade 1 strain of his right latissimus dorsi (lat) muscle. He is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Tuesday, and the Phillies are hopeful he will be able to return to competition at some point after that. 2) Three positive reports... Read more

Magic Number. . .Still Six

Tuesday, September 22, 2009, 9:31 AM
Thanks to the Braves' beat-down of the Mets last night, the Phillies enter today's doubleheader against the Marlins with a magic number of six over both the Marlins and the Braves. That means they need a combination of six wins and Marlins losses to eliminate the Fish, and six wins and Braves losses... Read more

The hunt for a Red October

Saturday, September 19, 2009, 2:16 PM
Things are getting mighty interesting in the National League. With the Dodgers' loss to the G-men yesterday, the Phillies are now just one game behind Los Angeles for the best record in the National League. St. Louis is in third place, two games behind the Dodgers, one behind the Phillies. As most... Read more

Happ vs. Hudson; Braves vs. Phillies; Hot vs. Hot

Friday, September 18, 2009, 4:02 PM
Just a quick set-up for tonight's game before I run down to the clubhouse. . . The Braves enter having won seven straight games, the longest streak in the majors. The Phillies enter having won five straight, the second-longest straight in the majors. Tim Hudson is making his fourth start of the season... Read more
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