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Archive: April, 2011

Game 26: What platoon?

Saturday, April 30, 2011, 10:37 AM
Another lefty on the mound and another day off for Raul Ibanez. Ibanez is 0 for his last 30. He's rested against the last few lefthanded starters to face the Phillies. But in Arizona, Charlie Manuel said he wasn't ready to create a straight-up platoon between Ibanez and John Mayberry Jr. But Ibanez... Read more

With Ruiz's back hurting, Phillies call on Sardinha

Friday, April 29, 2011, 6:38 PM
Carlos Ruiz's back soreness did not send the Phillies' catcher to the disabled list, but it did send pitcher Mike Zagurski back to triple-A Lehigh Valley. With the exact return of Ruiz uncertain, the Phillies needed a second catcher available for the start of Friday's series with the New York Mets... Read more

Blanton to DL; Worley to start against Mets

Thursday, April 28, 2011, 6:03 PM
The dark clouds that moved through the area Thursday were not nearly as ominous as the injury cloud that is hanging directly over the Phillies right now. More bad news came the team's way Thursday afternoon when the Phillies announced that righthander Joe Blanton was being placed on the 15-day disabled... Read more

Oswalt leaves team due to personal reasons

Wednesday, April 27, 2011, 1:29 PM
PHOENIX -- Roy Oswalt has left the Phillies for personal reasons, a team official said Wednesday morning. The team released a statement from general manager Ruben Amaro Jr.: “There has been a tremendous amount of tornado activity near Roy’s home in Mississippi resulting in several tragic... Read more

Oswalt a no-show after loss

Wednesday, April 27, 2011, 1:16 AM
PHOENIX -- The Phillies say there is nothing amiss with Roy Oswalt, who allowed five runs in three innings and 57 pitches before Charlie Manuel removed him. "His stuff wasn't good," Manuel said. "His velocity was down. I figured there was no sense in leaving him out there." Oswalt says... nothing... Read more

Amaro: Contreras has mild strain, out 3-4 weeks

Tuesday, April 26, 2011, 8:09 PM
PHOENIX -- An MRI on Jose Conteras' injured right elbow revealed a mild, Grade 1 strain, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. Contreras will be out for three to four weeks, Amaro said. The 39-year-old righthander will be shut down completely for seven to 10 days and could resume throwing... Read more

Phillies chat with Matt Gelb

Tuesday, April 26, 2011, 12:40 AM
Join the Inquirer's Matt Gelb for a live Phillies chat this afternoon at 2 p.m. If you're on a mobile device, click here to follow along and send in questions. Have a question? Send it to Matt Gelb's Mailbag. Download our NEW iPhone/Android app for easy access to all of our Phillies coverage, plus... Read more

On pitchers' usage

Monday, April 25, 2011, 12:14 PM
SAN DIEGO -- The Phillies arrived in Phoenix last night with this bullpen: Ryan Madson, Antonio Bastardo, Michael Stutes, Danys Baez, David Herndon, Mike Zagurski and Kyle Kendrick. There is a closer in that group; Madson, who says he is healthy but needed a few days off to manage "normal" soreness... Read more

Angered Manuel says Contreras was not overused

Monday, April 25, 2011, 7:36 PM
PHOENIX -- Standing in the manager's office at Petco Park on Sunday, Ruben Amaro Jr. briefed reporters on Jose Contreras' strained elbow that forced him to the disabled list. "He had been pitching quite a bit," Amaro said of the 39-year-old Contreras. The GM continued: "I think it was just the work... Read more

Game 21: The reverse lock

Sunday, April 24, 2011, 1:35 PM
SAN DIEGO -- It would be fair to categorize this a mismatch. Roy Halladay faces a Padres offense that has scored exactly twice in its last 32 innings of baseball. He is pitching in cavernous Petco Park for the first time in his career. Sound the no-hitter alarm. But yeah, this is one of those games... Read more
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