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Archive: June, 2012

Mike Stutes to have surgery Tuesday

Friday, June 22, 2012, 7:19 PM
Righthander Mike Stutes will have arthroscopic shoulder surgery Tuesday, a source said. Stutes, on the disabled list since late April, could miss the rest of the season. The surgery will clean out fraying from Stutes' shoulder. There is believed to be no serious damage to his rotator cuff, which would... Read more

Shane Victorino benched as Charlie Manuel laments his approach

Friday, June 22, 2012, 5:29 PM
There was a meeting before Charlie Manuel benched Shane Victorino. It happened Thursday night after a Phillies loss. Victorino had started 70 of the team's first 71 games and in his last one, he popped out in the eighth to strand the potential tying run on second base. He was booed as an ordinary... Read more

Game 72: Rest for Shane Victorino

Friday, June 22, 2012, 3:03 PM
For only the second time in 2012, Shane Victorino does not appear in Charlie Manuel's lineup. It's not that Victorino has been especially bad of late; he's hit .257 with a .696 OPS in June. But those numbers mirror a season that has been a veritable slog for the free-agent-to-be. If the season ended... Read more

Man(uel) crush on Nats' Harper

Thursday, June 21, 2012, 6:13 PM
Charlie Manuel is in love and the object of his affection is an opposing player. For the second time in as many days Thursday, the Phillies manager answered a question by using Washington Nationals rookie Bryce Harper as a positive example. The topic of discussion Wednesday was why the Nationals... Read more

Raul Valdes recalled

Wednesday, June 20, 2012, 2:53 PM
The Phillies added a 12th pitcher to their roster Wednesday by recalling lefthander Raul Valdes from triple-A Lehigh Valley. The 34-year-old replaced catcher Erik Kratz on the 25-man roster. Valdes, 34, spent nearly a month with the Phillies before his demotion and pitched in 11 games. He allowed... Read more

Debunking Jonathan Papelbon's non-save thing

Wednesday, June 20, 2012, 11:57 PM
When Dexter Fowler bounced one through the right side, Jonathan Papelbon could only look skyward. He had allowed another run in a non-save situation and probably a few watching in the Delaware Valley groaned, "See?" Papelbon's usage is a topic that has incited debate, but the richest reliever in baseball... Read more

Game 70: Riding Mayberry

Wednesday, June 20, 2012, 3:18 PM
There is a righthanded pitcher opposing the Phillies on Wednesday, and usually that means Ty Wigginton is in the lineup. But John Mayberry Jr. will start at first base instead, as he's hit home runs in three straight games. Mayberry's quest for relevancy has not exactly gone as planned. He's hitting... Read more

Video: Phillies introduce first-round draft pick Shane Watson

Tuesday, June 19, 2012, 8:33 PM
Video: The Phillies introduced righthanded pitcher and first-round draft pick Shane Watson at Citizens Bank Park. Watson will head to the Gulf Coast League along with fellow draft picks Mitch Gueller and Andrew Pullen. Read more

Phillies chat with Matt Gelb

Monday, June 18, 2012, 6:04 AM
Join The Inquirer's Matt Gelb for a live chat about all things Phillies starting at noon Monday. If you're on a mobile device, click here to follow along and post questions. Read more

Game 68: Carlos Ruiz returns

Sunday, June 17, 2012, 12:02 PM
TORONTO — There was no need for Carlos Ruiz to talk his way into the lineup, Charlie Manuel said. "He said he's ready to play," Manuel said. And that was enough. So two days after Ruiz suffered a strained left ribcage muscle — an injury that traditionally requires at least 15 days on... Read more
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