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Archive: March, 2011

Castillo signs minor-league deal, reports today

Monday, March 21, 2011, 9:11 AM
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- You can officially add Luis Castillo to the second base mix for the Phillies. The 35-year-old former All Star and Gold Glove winner signed a minor-league deal and will report to Phillies camp sometime today. The detail of it being a minor-league deal is important. It means the... Read more

Lidge throws, arm still attached

Sunday, March 20, 2011, 10:26 AM
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- We've reached that point in spring training when everyone has an eye toward heading North. That won't come for another week, but time is dwindling. You know the storylines by now. Decisions on second base and right field loom. One bullpen spot is open. With 11 days of exhibition... Read more

Phillies don't rule out interest in Castillo

Friday, March 18, 2011, 1:44 PM
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Across the state this morning, the New York Mets, not exactly rife with cash these days, ate $6 million to release their former All-Star and Gold Glove second baseman without a clear replacement for him. That probably says enough about the current state of Luis Castillo's 35-year-old... Read more

No Polanco for next two days

Friday, March 18, 2011, 9:39 AM
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The Phillies say they aren't worried about Placido Polanco, who participated in fielding drills on Thursday with his hyperextended left elbow. But he won't be playing in a game for at least the next two days. Polanco has yet to take batting practice since injuring the elbow Tuesday... Read more

Video: Oswalt continues to impress

Friday, March 18, 2011, 6:46 PM
Video: Roy Oswalt was impressive again in his latest spring training start. The Inquirer's Bob Brookover talks Oswalt and Brad Lidge's injury with CineSport's Noah Coslov. Download our NEW iPhone/Android app for easy access to all of our Phillies coverage, plus app-exclusive videos and analysis... Read more

Utley visits rehab specialist

Thursday, March 17, 2011, 1:22 PM
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- There was no batting practice or lawn-chair ground balls for second baseman Chase Utley Thursday at Bright House Field. Instead, he visited a rehab specialist with team trainer Scott Sheridan in an effort to recover from the patellar tendinitis and chondromalacia in his right knee... Read more

No Polanco; Lidge says he's better

Thursday, March 17, 2011, 8:52 AM
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The Phillies will play two on this St. Patrick's Day and Placido Polanco will not be in either in them. Polanco hyperextended his left elbow Tuesday and was termed day-to-day by the Phillies. Today is not the day, apparently. As for Brad Lidge, he played catch Wednesday without... Read more

Halladay likes Tuffy

Wednesday, March 16, 2011, 4:09 PM
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- It's an off day for everyone on the major-league side of Phillies spring training. That is, except for Roy Halladay and the ballscribes. So we watched the reigning Cy Young Award winner face a bunch of minor-leaguers from Pittsburgh. In five innings, Halladay allowed four runs... Read more

Polanco leaves game with elbow injury

Tuesday, March 15, 2011, 2:06 PM
UPDATED, 3:16 p.m. DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Another day, another Phillies injury. Third baseman Placido Polanco left in the bottom of the second Tuesday's game against Toronto with what the team is calling a hyperextended left elbow. Polanco said he does not expect to be out for an extended period of time... Read more

Three Thoughts: Lidge, Mathieson, Martinez

Tuesday, March 15, 2011, 9:36 AM
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- After a brief hiatus, we're back with Three Thoughts. Plenty to talk about with less than two weeks to go in Florida... 1. It's difficult to decide what we should make of the Brad Lidge situation. Yes, the injury has been downplayed by everyone possible -- from Lidge to Rich Dubee... Read more
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