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Archive: March, 2012

Video: Howard, Utley injury update

Wednesday, March 14, 2012, 7:59 PM
Video: Ryan Howard and Chase Utley have been out of spring training games due to their injuries from last season. The Inquirer's Matt Gelb has the latest on Utley and Howard's injury and when they might return. Have a question? Send it to Matt Gelb's Mailbag. Read more

Halladay rides change-up, results be darned

Wednesday, March 14, 2012, 5:22 PM
CLEARWATER, Fla. — After Roy Halladay threw Josh Willingham a change-up that had no action and was mashed for a solo home run in the first inning Wednesday, he went to the bench to find catcher Carlos Ruiz. Halladay didn't have the feel for his change-up. "I told Chooch, 'Keep calling it as... Read more

Nix scratched from lineup

Tuesday, March 13, 2012, 10:23 AM
KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Laynce Nix was scheduled to make the two-hour trek west Tuesday with a skeleton Phillies travel squad but a bruised rib scratched him from Charlie Manuel's lineup. Nix suffered the injury Sunday when he bowled into Detroit catcher John Holaday at home plate. He played Monday... Read more

Willis hopes to return this week

Monday, March 12, 2012, 12:46 PM
CLEARWATER, Fla. — The clock is ticking on Dontrelle Willis' chance at making the Phillies as a lefthanded reliever. He last pitched Wednesday and has only played catch in the days following a disastrous outing in which he complained of arm soreness. But Willis believes he'll be back on the... Read more

Why Thome must play the field

Monday, March 12, 2012, 10:40 AM
CLEARWATER, Fla. — Shortly after 1 p.m. Monday, Jim Thome will stand at first base in a game for the first time in five years. The setting will be a Phillies intrasquad minor-league game at the Carpenter Complex, and the 41-year-old Thome will play with prospects almost half his age. There is... Read more

Roster prediction (Version 1.0)

Monday, March 12, 2012, 7:29 AM
CLEARWATER, Fla. — We are nine days into Grapefruit League play, meaning some judgments can be rendered. They may not be accurate judgments, but they are judgments. That's about the only way to bide time until meaningful baseball in April. So with the Phillies headed to Bradenton for a matinee... Read more

Contreras to pitch in minor-league game Monday

Sunday, March 11, 2012, 12:50 PM
CLEARWATER, Fla. — Jose Contreras said he will pitch in a minor-league game Monday, marking his first game action of the spring. The 40-year-old Cuban is recovering from elbow surgery last September, and Phillies officials believe he can be ready for opening day. Exactly how ready will be the... Read more

The Sunday Splits

Sunday, March 11, 2012, 10:40 AM
CLEARWATER, Fla. — They will play two on this Sunday afternoon, even with one less hour in the day. It doesn't come at the greatest of times for Rich Dubee, the pitching coach tasked with finding 18 innings from a staff that has a few injuries and isn't stretched out. Thus, minor-league pitchers... Read more

Kendrick's cutter is a money pitch

Sunday, March 11, 2012, 3:59 PM
TAMPA, Fla. — If you want to know the main reason why the Phillies felt comfortable giving Kyle Kendrick a two-year, $7.5 million contract extension at the start of spring training, look no further than his ability to retire left-handed hitters in 2011 when he had by far his best season in the... Read more

Galvis starts at second base

Saturday, March 10, 2012, 8:09 AM
CLEARWATER, Fla. — Freddy Galvis wanted the extra work in practice at second and third base now that the Phillies have locked up Jimmy Rollins at shortstop for four more years. The Phillies will take it one step further: Galvis is starting at second base in Saturday's Grapefruit League game... Read more
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