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Archive: February, 2012

Howard won't set timetable for return

Wednesday, February 22, 2012, 2:44 PM
CLEARWATER, Fla. — Ryan Howard tapped both sides of the carpet home plate and looked at Ryne Sandberg. The Hall of Famer threw a batting practice fastball to Howard at Bright House Field and the slugger swung. The ball bounced off a 2008 World Champions banner in right field, but everyone around... Read more

Howard impressive in BP

Wednesday, February 22, 2012, 11:09 AM
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- You will read more about Ryan Howard later Wednesday after he talks to the media extensively for the first time since collapsing along the first-base line after grounding out to end the Phillies' 2011 season. Howard, of course, tore the Achilles' tendon in his left foot in that... Read more

Polanco: 'I'm going to stay healthy'

Wednesday, February 22, 2012, 9:49 AM
CLEARWATER, Fla. — It wasn't until doctors repaired two tears in Placido Polanco's abdomen when the third baseman understood how hurt he was. "Every time I coughed, every time I laughed," Polanco said, "it hurt." Polanco, 36, came to spring training Wednesday confident he can stay healthy,... Read more

Halladay on Hamels

Wednesday, February 22, 2012, 7:25 AM
CLEARWATER, Fla. — Roy Halladay will rarely discuss specific teammates, expect for the rare time he bestows labels like "The National League's Derek Jeter" on Chase Utley. But Halladay surprisingly fielded a question about Cole Hamels' impending free agency and answered thoughtfully. “You... Read more

Wolever promoted

Wednesday, February 22, 2012, 5:35 PM
CLEARWATER, Fla. — The Phillies promoted Marti Wolever to assistant general manager for amateur scouting Wednesday. Wolever had served as director of scouting for the previous decade and oversees the Phillies' draft. Of the drafts run by Wolever, the Phillies have procured players like Ryan... Read more

Snakes on a Halladay

Tuesday, February 21, 2012, 2:22 PM
CLEARWATER, Fla. — Somehow, a story this winter about Roy Halladay helping tow a naked man's boat during a fishing excursion in the Amazon became the plot to the next Indiana Jones movie. "I was not wrestling snakes," Halladay said. "I was nowhere near snakes." So there. Halladay did not leap... Read more

Phillies chat with Matt Gelb

Tuesday, February 21, 2012, 11:55 PM
Join the Inquirer's Matt Gelb for a live chat from Phillies spring training in Clearwater, starting Wednesday at 3 p.m. If you're on a mobile device, click here to follow along and post questions Have a question? Send it to Matt Gelb's Mailbag. Read more

Brown: 'I'm coming to win a job'

Tuesday, February 21, 2012, 9:50 AM
CLEARWATER, Fla. — Domonic Brown lives here now. He wanted a winter away from baseball to regain his confidence, but Brown still found himself at the Phillies' complex often. He worked with Steve Henderson, the Phillies' minor-league outfield instructor. He struck a relationship with Gary Sheffield... Read more

Contreras throws; Victorino arrives

Tuesday, February 21, 2012, 3:38 PM
CLEARWATER, Fla. — For the first time since September elbow surgery, Jose Contreras threw off a mound Tuesday. A large Phillies front office contingent watched the session. When Contreras finished throwing, Antonio Bastardo clapped. "He threw very, very well," Dubee said. That leaves the 40-year-old... Read more

Video: Brown aiming for roster spot

Tuesday, February 21, 2012, 3:29 PM
Video: Phillies top minor league prospect Domonic Brown was in camp Monday shagging fly balls and taking swings in the cage. The Inquirer's Matt Gelb reports from Clearwater, Fla. Have a question? Send it to Matt Gelb's Mailbag. Read more
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