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Archive: March, 2009

And on the seventh day, Utley doesn't rest

Sunday, March 15, 2009, 9:16 AM
The Chase Utley Comeback Tour continues its rapid progression. Ruben Amaro Jr. and Charlie Manuel stressed yesterday that Utley would be moved along carefully as he completes his recovery from hip surgery. Apparently, the second baseman surprised everyone with how good he felt this morning, because... Read more

3/15 Wrap

Sunday, March 15, 2009, 7:45 PM
Happy Sunday night, or Monday morning. Today was all about Utley, Chan Ho, the birds and the bees, and the return of Olbermann. As you may know, Chase Utley played in his first Grapefruit League game today. He played four innings, went 0 for 2, and said that he felt pretty good afterwards. Tomorrow... Read more

Carrasco tries again

Saturday, March 14, 2009, 12:35 PM
Good morning from Kissimmee, where the Philles (well, some of them, anyway--Matt Stairs is batting cleanup) play the Astros at 1:05. Russ Ortiz, attempting a big-league comeback, starts for the Astros. Here's the lineup: Ozuna DH Donald 3B Dobbs 1B Stairs RF Werth CF Mayberry LF Giles 2B Bruntlett... Read more

Utley plays

Saturday, March 14, 2009, 3:21 PM
The biggest Phillies story of the day just made its way to us in Kissimmee, via Ruben Amaro Jr.: Chase Utley played four innings of an intrasquad game at the Phillies minor league complex in Clearwater today. He was 2 for 4, with a double and two strikeouts, and played four innings at second base... Read more

Werth in lineup

Friday, March 13, 2009, 9:36 AM
Jayson Werth is in the lineup today, and says the groin injury was “no big deal.” The Phillies play at 1:05 against Pittsburgh in Clearwater. Bruntlett LF Donald SS Ibanez DH Howard 1B Werth CF Mayberry RF Feliz 3B Cairo 2B Ruiz C P: Blanton, Mosebach, Madson Read more

3/13 Wrap

Friday, March 13, 2009, 8:55 PM
Not much time for blogging tonight, as I’ve spent the evening working on a long piece for Sunday's paper, but just to update you on today’s game: - The Phillies lost to the Pirates 6-5 after Blaine Neal blew a lead in the ninth. Charlie Manuel left Bright House Field yesterday... Read more

Werth injures groin

Thursday, March 12, 2009, 12:32 PM
Jayson Werth was a late scratch in today's lineup. He was scheduled to play center field against the Rays in Port Charlotte, but the team says that he injured his groin. They are calling the problem minor, and expect Werth to play tomorrow. The lineup: Cairo RF Ellison CF Ibanez LF Howard 1B Jenkins... Read more

Injured guys feel good, Kendrick not so much

Wednesday, March 11, 2009, 2:09 PM
A quick update on the noon scrimmage: Myers 5IP, 2H, 7K, HBP Park: 3IP, 2H, 1R, 3 SO, 2 HBP Durbin 1IP, 2H, 1R, 1 SO Lidge 1 IP, 1H, 1R, 1 SO, HR Feliz 1-2, SO, HBP Coste 1-2, HBP, HR All reported good health and good feelings. Over at Bright House, we're in the top of the fourth. Kyle Kendrick... Read more

Stairs and Ruiz return

Wednesday, March 11, 2009, 9:30 AM
Good morning from Clearwater. Had a half-day off yesterday (probably shouldn’t make this public, but I did my own laundry last night for the first time since college—my wife has always taken care of that particular chore. It did not go well. Went down to the laundry room at my hotel with... Read more

3/11 Wrap

Wednesday, March 11, 2009, 8:56 PM
A lot of you are asking for an analysis of the competitions for fifth starter and between Stairs/Mayberry/Donald/Giles for that final roster spot. This is happening either because a) you are fascinated by those things; b) the Phillies are giving you precious few subplots to follow this spring; or c)... Read more
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