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Archive: May, 2010

Figueroa DFAed; slumping Werth breaks silence

Monday, May 31, 2010, 12:03 PM
ATLANTA -- Nelson Figueroa pitched four times in May and went 18 days in between appearances at one point. But he said Charlie Manuel was always upfront with him and Figueroa felt comfortable with his ever-shrinking role. On Monday, Figueroa walked into the visitors' clubhouse at Turner Field only... Read more

Why did Charlie drop Cliff Lee's name?

Saturday, May 29, 2010, 1:01 PM
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- They scored. They stole bases. They won. Finally. OK, there was one reason for Charlie Manuel not to celebrate after the Phillies' 3-2 victory over Florida on Friday night. He was peeved at Kyle Kendrick -- not so much about the results, but the way his righthander pitched... Read more

Polanco needs MRI

Saturday, May 29, 2010, 7:17 PM
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — More than a month after being hit on the left elbow with a Tim Hudson pitch, Placido Polanco is still hurting. And that is a concern for the Phillies. Polanco will have an MRI on Sunday to see if there is something causing the inflammation and soreness in his lower left... Read more

A lineup shakeup

Friday, May 28, 2010, 6:14 PM
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- Charlie Manuel wouldn't call it a shakeup. We will. The Phillies manager is giving Jayson Werth and Placido Polanco the night off as the Phils attempt to break a three-game scoreless streak. Werth, Manuel said, has been pressing at the plate. Polanco is dealing with some soreness... Read more

No slide-stepping this issue

Thursday, May 27, 2010, 6:02 PM
The New York Mets stole seven bases without being caught during the first two games of their series with the Phillies at Citi Field. Four of them came Wednesday off righthander Joe Blanton. When Rich Dubee was asked Thursday if he considered implementing a slide-step for his pitchers to try to slow... Read more

Here's something about nothing

Thursday, May 27, 2010, 12:18 AM
Forty-five minutes after it was over, Ryan Howard dressed and declined comment in a most fitting manner. "I got nothing for you today," the Phillies' first baseman said. That could easily serve as the Phillies' team slogan right now because there's been a whole lot of nothing going on. So... Read more

Amaro: No timetable for Happ

Wednesday, May 26, 2010, 6:04 PM
NEW YORK -- If it seems like lefthander J.A. Happ (left forearm strain) has been taking merely baby steps toward a return to the Phillies' rotation, well, you're not alone. Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said before Wednesday's game Happ is nowhere near being ready. "It’s going... Read more

The latest problem: Ruiz's shoulder

Wednesday, May 26, 2010, 5:31 PM
NEW YORK -- For five weeks, Carlos Ruiz's right shoulder hasn't felt like it should. The catcher said he first felt pain when the Phillies were in Atlanta from April 20-22. Ever since, it has hurt to throw. But he played through it. Until now. Ruiz is out of the lineup Wednesday night with backup... Read more

Five Phillies lead early All-Star voting

Tuesday, May 25, 2010, 2:18 PM
Major League Baseball just released its first voting tallies for National League All-Stars and the Phillies are represented well. Second baseman Chase Utley, shortstop Jimmy Rollins, third baseman Placido Polanco and outfielders Jayson Werth and Shane Victorino all lead their respective positions... Read more

Dickey follows Wakefield's advice vs. Phillies

Tuesday, May 25, 2010, 11:29 PM
NEW YORK -- On his way to the ballpark Tuesday, R.A Dickey called Tim Wakefield. The knuckleball fraternity is small in baseball. And with two of the remaining flutterball pitchers facing the same team in back-to-back games, Dickey sought some advice. After all, Wakefield had shut out the Phillies... Read more
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