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Ryne Sandberg welcomes criticism from Cole Hamels

Thursday, April 24, 2014, 8:56 PM
LOS ANGELES — Cole Hamels stood Wednesday night a few feet from the visiting manager's office at Dodger Stadium, and the lefthander pondered his boss' choice. Hamels threw 86 pitches in his six-inning debut start. Ryne Sandberg lifted him for a porous bullpen that permitted three more runs in... Read more

Bullpen overhaul puts onus on Mike Adams, Jeff Manship

Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 9:13 PM
LOS ANGELES — The Phillies started 2014 with three righthanded relievers to complement closer Jonathan Papelbon, and all three became IronPigs in less than a month. B.J. Rosenberg joined Brad Lincoln and Justin De Fratus at triple-A Lehigh Valley on Wednesday when he was optioned to clear space... Read more

Cody Asche benched for third straight game

Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 6:23 PM
LOS ANGELES — Before the Phillies played Monday, Ryne Sandberg said he has faith in Cody Asche. It is Wednesday, and the 23-year-old third baseman has yet to appear in a game. Asche was benched Wednesday for the third straight game. The Phillies faced lefthanded pitchers on Monday and Tuesday... Read more

Carlos Ruiz finds stroke as cleanup hitter

Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 2:12 AM
LOS ANGELES — Carlos Ruiz did not play Sunday, which forced him to contemplate a 1 for 12 slump. He arrived at Dodger Stadium early on Monday, vowed to eliminate the past, and went to work. He spent time in the batting cage with focus on his back leg. Ruiz decided he needed more power from his... Read more

Cole Hamels, sans restrictions, is ready

Saturday, April 19, 2014, 7:12 PM
DENVER — Cole Hamels roamed the visiting clubhouse Saturday at Coors Field. He followed A.J. Burnett to the bullpen to watch his teammate throw. He affixed cuff weights to his wrists for shoulder exercises. He watched video of Dodgers hitters. He had a purpose. "I'm actually here to participate... Read more

After dismal start, Jonathan Pettibone demoted to minors

Saturday, April 19, 2014, 12:17 AM
DENVER — A demotion is never palatable, especially not after allowing eight runs in four innings, and that is what upset Jonathan Pettibone the most. "You want to leave a lasting impression, so they know who they want to call back up when someone is needed," Pettibone said. "It's frustrating... Read more

Cole Hamels expected to pitch Wednesday

Friday, April 18, 2014, 7:22 PM
DENVER — The Phillies will have played for 24 days when Cole Hamels throws his first pitch Wednesday at Dodger Stadium. That, in all likelihood, is the return date for Hamels. It will mark the franchise's longest period without its homegrown, lefthanded ace since 2007. They crave his presence... Read more

Phillies postpone Tuesday's game

Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 4:45 PM
Minutes after the Phillies postponed Tuesday night's game, the drenching rains ceased for a brief moment. It was enough time for Cliff Lee, who donned a toque with his t-shirt and sweatpants, to play catch. The weather prevented anything more. Instead, Lee will start Wednesday against Atlanta. The... Read more

A.J. Burnett will pitch through hernia injury

Monday, April 14, 2014, 4:32 PM
A doctor injected A.J. Burnett with cortisone Monday morning to dull the pain in his groin. He advised the 37-year-old pitcher he will require surgery at some point to correct a small inguinal hernia. For Burnett, this was good news. "I'm going to go about Wednesday like nothing happened," Burnett... Read more

A.J. Burnett encouraged by bullpen session; will see doctor Monday

Sunday, April 13, 2014, 12:02 PM
Twice, A.J. Burnett felt pain from his groin Sunday morning while he threw a bullpen session. It did not linger. The 37-year-old righthander said everything went "better than expected." Still, he harbors fears of a larger problem, and that is why Burnett will see a doctor Monday. His Wednesday start... Read more
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