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Archive: March, 2012

Polanco gets good news on injured finger

Sunday, March 18, 2012, 8:56 AM
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Third baseman Placido Polanco said X-rays of his left ring finger taken after he left Saturday's game against Toronto were negative and categorized himself as day to day. "It's a little stiff today and a little swelling," Polanco said Sunday morning. "I jammed it and it's day to... Read more

Thome does first again

Sunday, March 18, 2012, 3:07 PM
CLEARWATER, Fla. — The goal, Jim Thome says, is to push his body within reason to learn how much he can handle. Sunday was a good day then. For the second straight day, Thome played first base in a minor-league game. One day after lasting four innings in the field, he upped it to five on Sunday... Read more

Polanco leaves game with injury

Saturday, March 17, 2012, 1:56 PM
CLEARWATER, Fla. — The green uniforms brought no better luck for the Phillies and their injury woes. Third baseman Placido Polanco left Saturday's game in the third inning with an injury to a finger on his left hand. Polanco, on first base after a first-inning single, dove back to the bag on... Read more

Phillies in green — 113 years ago

Saturday, March 17, 2012, 7:45 AM
CLEARWATER, Fla. — The Phillies will wear green jerseys and hats on this St. Patrick's Day, just as they have since the mid 1970s when Tug McGraw helped start the tradition. Green Phillies merchandise has become sort of a thing. (These days, any Phillies merchandise is a thing, isn't it?) The... Read more

Utley still shooting for opening day

Saturday, March 17, 2012, 5:04 PM
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The man who might be the opening-day second baseman hit a game-tying home run in the bottom of the ninth inning Saturday at Bright House Field. That was Freddy Galvis, the 22-year-old infielder who continues to impress manager Charlie Manuel and the entire Phillies organization... Read more

Thome tests back in field again

Saturday, March 17, 2012, 3:11 PM
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- As the sellout crowd at Bright House Field cheered a leadoff home run by Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins Saturday, Jim Thome went through the task of testing his aging back for the second time this spring in a sparsely attended minor-league game at the Carpenter Complex. Thome... Read more

Brown still out with sore neck

Friday, March 16, 2012, 9:06 AM
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- If you have a ticket to Friday's game in Bradenton, you might be a little disappointed with the Phillies' lineup. The only regulars you'll see will be Hunter Pence, albeit as a designated hitter, and John Mayberry Jr. at first base, an opening-day possibility. Cliff Lee will be... Read more

Brown scratched with stiff neck

Thursday, March 15, 2012, 2:17 PM
CLEARWATER, Fla. — Domonic Brown was a late scratch with a stiff neck in the Phillies' split squad game at Port Charlotte, Fla., against Tampa Bay. Brown already missed five games this spring with a sprained right thumb. He was scheduled to be the designated hitter for a second straight day... Read more

On Roy Halladay

Thursday, March 15, 2012, 9:06 AM
CLEARWATER, Fla. — It's been remarked on several occasions that no one knows his right arm better than Roy Halladay. The man literally tracks every single ball that comes from his hand — whether it be during a postseason game, a bullpen session in January or a Grapefruit League game in... Read more

This week's pitching schedule

Thursday, March 15, 2012, 7:35 AM
CLEARWATER, Fla. — We're at that time of spring training where innings are sparce and the pitching schedule says a lot about who the coaching staff wants to evaluate. With the starters up to 65-70 pitches, there are fewer innings in relief. The Phillies do have a split squad day Thursday, so... Read more
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