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Archive: February, 2012

Lee throws, smiles

Sunday, February 26, 2012, 9:32 AM
CLEARWATER, Fla. — Cliff Lee, sidelined by what the team has termed mild abdominal soreness, threw a bullpen session Sunday morning without any apparent problems. Both Lee and the team downplayed the injury, which caused him to skip his last scheduled bullpen session. Lee has a history of abdominal... Read more

Phillies' pitchers throw live BP

Sunday, February 26, 2012, 5:19 PM
Matt Gelb reports on the Phillies' pitchers throwing live BP to hitters today in Clearwater, and Mike Schmidt making his annual appearance in Phillies camp as a guest instructor. Have a question? Send it to Matt Gelb's Mailbag. Read more

Howard to see doctor

Saturday, February 25, 2012, 1:38 PM
CLEARWATER, Fla. — UPDATE (7:03 p.m.): Ruben Amaro Jr. wanted to clarify Charlie Manuel's comments late Saturday evening. Amaro said Ryan Howard developed a seroma, a type of small cyst, near his wound. That is not the reason for Howard's previously scheduled visit to the doctor. "The reason... Read more

Hyatt to start first exhibition game

Saturday, February 25, 2012, 9:28 AM
CLEARWATER, Fla. — Three days before Grapefruit League play begins, the Phillies will play Major League Baseball's first exhibition game of the 2012 spring. And starting that game against Florida State University is righthander Austin Hyatt. The Phillies typically reward one of their younger... Read more

Injury updates on Lee, Contreras and De Fratus

Friday, February 24, 2012, 11:02 AM
CLEARWATER, Fla. — The first full-squad workout is underway with (so far) few injury concerns for the pitching staff. Cliff Lee did not throw a bullpen session as scheduled Thursday because of abdominal soreness. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. called it "normal soreness" and was not aware if... Read more

Oswalt becomes safety valve

Friday, February 24, 2012, 8:41 AM
CLEARWATER, Fla. — Roy Oswalt may have had interest in a return to the Phillies, but it wasn't mutual. At least not yet. With Oswalt's decision to "evaluate his options" and an intention to pitch for a contending team sometime this season, the Phillies theoretically have a fallback plan if needed... Read more

Key players limited in first full workouts

Friday, February 24, 2012, 5:11 PM
Video: Some of the Phillies key players didn't participate in the first full day of player workouts of spring training. The Inquirer's Bob Brookover has more from Clearwater. Read more

Lee downplays soreness, will throw Sunday

Friday, February 24, 2012, 4:31 PM
CLEARWATER, Fla. — Skipping a bullpen session in late February can have little effect later, but when it's a $120 million arm not doing the throwing as scheduled, it requires attention. So Cliff Lee's shoulder shrug and Ruben Amaro Jr.'s downplaying could all be justified. Lee did not throw... Read more

Diekman draws high praise

Thursday, February 23, 2012, 2:30 PM
CLEARWATER, Fla. — In the middle of Jake Diekman's bullpen session Thursday, Rich Dubee wanted another look. He stood behind the 25-year-old lefty and focused on his throws even as five other pitchers worked alongside him. The pitching coach positioned himself next to Carlos Ruiz, who caught... Read more

Frandsen has warnings for Howard's Achilles recovery

Thursday, February 23, 2012, 8:59 AM
CLEARWATER, Fla. — Kevin Frandsen watched Ryan Howard's lengthy news conference on TV and his ears perked up. Howard, four months into his recovery from a torn Achilles tendon, was asked if he had spoken to any athletes who also suffered the injury. "Athletes? Not too, too many," Howard said... Read more
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