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Archive: March, 2011

Where did the Phillies roster come from?

Thursday, March 31, 2011, 10:57 AM
Of the 25 active players on the Phillies' Opening Day roster, just nine won rings in 2008. Time flies, eh? DRAFT PICKS (5) Cole Hamels -- Selected in 1st round (17th overall) of 2002 draft Ryan Howard -- Selected in 5th round of 2001 draft Kyle Kendrick -- Selected in 7th round of 2003 draft Ryan... Read more

Orr wins final roster spot; Rollins to bat third

Wednesday, March 30, 2011, 7:31 PM
The Phillies opening day roster is set. Pete Orr claims the 25th spot over Delwyn Young, who will go to triple-A Lehigh Valley. The bullpen stays status quo as Mike Stutes will begin in triple A too. For your consumption: CATCHERS (2) Carlos Ruiz Brian Schneider INFIELDERS (7) Ryan Howard Wilson... Read more

Is this the lineup we'll see Friday?

Wednesday, March 30, 2011, 4:23 PM
Good to be home. At the ballpark today to work on a few things in advance of Friday's Opening Day and the new scoreboard is simply astounding. Second-largest in the majors and it's huge. Pretty cool. Anywho, there is one more exhibition game remaining until meaningful baseball. The news, obviously... Read more

Progress in Utley, but it is slow and secretive

Monday, March 28, 2011, 2:32 PM
CLEARWATER, Fla. — The updates, for now, will remain nebulous. Chase Utley's right knee has progressed, albeit slowly, the Phillies say. He is able to take "light ground balls" but there is no running. There is no timetable for his return, but Utley says it is a goal to return before the All-Star... Read more

Happy getaway day

Monday, March 28, 2011, 10:25 AM
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- And so we've reached the end. One Grapefruit League game remains. The tarp is on the field at Bright House Field and the forecast is shaky for later. But should the Phillies and Astros play, it's Nate Bump on the mound for the Phillies. Cliff Lee is pitching in a minor-league... Read more

Chipper says Phillies' rotation compares with old Atlanta staffs

Sunday, March 27, 2011, 12:49 PM
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Dominant starting pitching led to 14 straight division titles for the Atlanta Braves from 1991 through 2005 and Chipper Jones was a lineup fixture for all but three of them. Now, Jones looks at the Phillies four aces and sees what he used to play behind. "I've heard comparisons... Read more

Mathieson, Zagurski optioned; bullpen appears set

Saturday, March 26, 2011, 10:08 AM
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- And then there were 12 healthy pitchers in camp. The Phillies optioned Scott Mathieson and Mike Zagurski to minor-league camp Saturday morning. With Brad Lidge and Brian Schlitter injured, it appears the team's pitching staff is set. That is, of course, barring a trade or last-minute... Read more

A chat with Scott Boras cleared Ryan Madson's mind

Friday, March 25, 2011, 11:49 AM
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- When the Phillies went to Los Angeles last August, Ryan Madson had pitched to a 1.95 ERA in 28 games since returning from an embarrassing broken toe injury that kept him out for two months. But he still sought advice from a close friend, his agent Scott Boras. They met and Boras... Read more

Video: Lidge on DL, Who's Closing?

Friday, March 25, 2011, 11:39 AM
Video: The Inquirer's Matt Gelb has the latest on Brad Lidge's shoulder injury and offers his thoughts on who will fill the closer role in his absence. Have a question? Send it to Matt Gelb's Mailbag. Download our NEW iPhone/Android app for easy access to all of our Phillies coverage, plus app-exclusive... Read more

Analyzing the Lidge effect

Friday, March 25, 2011, 9:55 AM
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Brad Lidge said he's optimistic this new shoulder soreness will keep him out until mid-April. But the Phillies have yet to perform an MRI (which could show further damage), he will be shut down indefinitely and the problem may have arose from him rushing back from a previous injury... Read more
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