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Archive: June, 2012

Domonic Brown heats up

Wednesday, June 6, 2012, 8:58 AM
As the Phillies stumbled Tuesday to another listless defeat that dropped them under .500 again, something was happening 70 miles north. Domonic Brown smashed two home runs and a double, threw a runner out from left field, and made a diving catch. And that was only in the first four innings of triple-A... Read more

Placido Polanco could miss a few days

Wednesday, June 6, 2012, 5:33 PM
Placido Polanco was not available to hit Wednesday and could miss a few days of action with a cut finger suffered Tuesday when Matt Treanor spiked him on a slide at third base. Polanco tested the injury very briefly in the batting cage. He did not require stitches to close the wound, but it was hurting... Read more

Vance Worley feels no pain during return

Tuesday, June 5, 2012, 7:25 AM
Amid Jonathan Papelbon ripping into an umpire and Jimmy Rollins showing general indifference to the boos directed his way, there was Vance Worley. It was a short night for the pitcher, but having gone 24 days without pitching, that was expected. "No tightness or anything," Worley said. In the debris... Read more

Jim Thome's future in question

Tuesday, June 5, 2012, 7:07 PM
Jim Thome will rejoin the Phillies sometime this week and should spend the majority of the upcoming road trip as the team's designated hitter. But beyond that, his future is murky. Amaro said Thome is not doing work at first base during his rehab for a bad back. "It's too much discomfort for him... Read more

Second opinion will confirm Roy Halladay diagnosis

Tuesday, June 5, 2012, 6:17 PM
A second opinion on Roy Halladay's injured shoulder is expected to show no differences than the original diagnosis of a strained latissimus dorsi muscle. The six-to-eight week prognosis remains the same. But that timeline will not be concrete until two weeks from now when Halladay attempts to throw... Read more

What is a reasonable expectation for Chase Utley's return?

Monday, June 4, 2012, 11:12 AM
The news after the game overshadowed the actual game, an eminently forgettable one. As reporters shuffled through a quiet Phillies clubhouse to talk to Juan Pierre, the only offensive player who did anything of value Sunday, Chase Utley stood at his locker in baseball pants and his customary undershirt... Read more

Some potential Phillies draft picks

Monday, June 4, 2012, 10:03 AM
The Phillies have the 40th and 54th picks in the first day of the baseball draft Monday. Marti Wolever, the team’s assistant general manager in charge of scouting, said he will be looking for some position players in this year’s draft, which was also a focus a year ago. If that's the direction... Read more

It's unlikely, but door not closed on Chase Utley switching positions

Monday, June 4, 2012, 5:10 PM
Begin with this: Charlie Manuel is not so sure playing a position other than second base will alleviate the pain in Chase Utley's chronically injured knees. Any such position switch is unlikely. "If he's going to have pain, he can have pain at first base, left field, right field, wherever. Just like... Read more

Game 56: Enter Kershaw

Monday, June 4, 2012, 3:34 PM
Clayton Kershaw has not faced the Phillies since Sept. 1, 2010 and that was before he won a Cy Young. He struck out 11 batters that night but only lasted six innings. In his career, he is 0-4 with a 5.18 ERA against the Phillies. But things have changed. He's one of, if not the most, dominating pitchers... Read more

Phillies to target position players early in draft

Sunday, June 3, 2012, 2:10 PM
Major League Baseball's annual June draft begins Monday and the Phillies will not pick until late into the night with the 40th overall selection. That pick will most likely be a position player, assistant general manager Marti Wolever said. The Phillies also plan on spending their entire pool of... Read more
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