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Archive: March, 2012

Blanton takes another step

Saturday, March 10, 2012, 3:51 PM
CLEARWATER, Fla. — Joe Blanton will judge progress on being able to throw a curveball without a sharp pain in his right elbow. (He threw two, and one dropped right in for a strike.) But he also watches the swings of his opponents, and they can tell him a lot more than Grapefruit League line scores... Read more

Amaro believes Contreras can be ready for opening day

Friday, March 9, 2012, 10:45 AM
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Jose Contreras cleared another hurdle in his bid to return from elbow surgery Friday morning. With catcher Brian Schneider in the batter's box, pitching coach Rich Dubee behind the mound and general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. behind the batting cage, the 40-year-old righthander threw... Read more

MRI shows Brown's thumb injury not serious

Friday, March 9, 2012, 8:34 AM
CLEARWATER, Fla. — Domonic Brown expects to return to action sometime next week after an MRI showed only inflammation in his sprained right thumb. Brown said he could take some swings in the cage Friday. Much of the inflammation and scar tissue is actually remnants of a similar injury he suffered... Read more

Video: An up-and-down outing for Doc

Friday, March 9, 2012, 6:51 PM
Video: Roy Halladay allowed two home runs, but still looked sharp. Matt Gelb checks in from Lakeland with more on Friday's win over the Tigers. Have a question? Send it to Matt Gelb's Mailbag. Read more

Pitching schedule includes Willis, not Contreras

Thursday, March 8, 2012, 9:14 AM
CLEARWATER, Fla. — A day after Dontrelle Willis complained of arm soreness and Rich Dubee said the lefthander would be "checked out" by team doctors, Willis appears on next week's pitching schedule. Noticably absent is Jose Contreras, who the Phillies have said is progressing nicely from elbow... Read more

Singleton loving life after trade

Wednesday, March 7, 2012, 2:15 PM
CLEARWATER, Fla. — Jonathan Singleton leaned over the railing on the visitors dugout at Bright House Field and stared. The Phillies were taking batting practice in the stadium where Singleton began his 2011 season. "Hey, J!" John Mayberry Jr. yelled as he ran past. "How you doing?" Singleton... Read more

Garcia has surgery, De Fratus throws

Wednesday, March 7, 2012, 1:35 PM
CLEARWATER, Fla. — Phillies infielder Harold Garcia underwent microfracture surgery on his right knee Monday in Philadelphia and will miss four to six months. It's another blow for Garcia, a 25-year-old prospect on the team's 40-man roster, who missed almost all of 2011 with a torn ACL in his... Read more

Unleash The Vanimal

Wednesday, March 7, 2012, 9:18 AM
CLEARWATER, Fla. — And on the fifth day, The Vanimal started. Vance Worley is the last Phillies starter to make his spring debut. It'll come against the Houston Astros at Bright House Field. Worley has a tall task; repeating a 3.01 ERA from his rookie season. He noticed hitters beginning to... Read more

Romero talks about Braun's appeal

Tuesday, March 6, 2012, 6:46 AM
JUPITER, Fla. -- Former Phillies reliever J.C. Romero was predictably one of the more interested spectators in the successful appeal of a 50-game drug suspension by Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun late last month. Romero, who signed with the World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals in December... Read more

On Michael Martinez

Monday, March 5, 2012, 8:14 AM
CLEARWATER, Fla. — Ever since the Phillies traded away fan favorite Wilson Valdez, there has been a general cloud of angst regarding the utility infielder position. Mostly, it concerns Michael Martinez, the Rule 5 pick who spent all of 2011 on the Phillies. Then Martinez made two errors and... Read more
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