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Archive: March, 2012

Why Contreras is headed for minors

Tuesday, March 27, 2012, 5:19 PM
CLEARWATER, Fla. — Jose Contreras is not scheduled to pitch in another Grapefruit League game. Instead, he'll pitch in a minor-league game Wednesday, Saturday and then next Tuesday. Why the switch for a guy the Phillies want a close look at? Well, major-league rules dictate the earliest a club... Read more

Dubee in love with Diekman

Tuesday, March 27, 2012, 4:52 PM
CLEARWATER, Fla. — After Rich Dubee saw Jake Diekman throw off a mound for the first time in February, the pitching coach was smitten. He saw vast promise from the 25-year-old's left arm, and a deceptive delivery that had catcher Carlos Ruiz raving. Dubee pulled Diekman aside that day, offered... Read more

Notable minor-league assignments

Monday, March 26, 2012, 10:00 AM
CLEARWATER, Fla. — Sunday was a day of rest at minor-league camp, as the Phillies made their cuts and assembled the rosters for their four full-season minor-league affiliates. The most recognizable names cut were 22-year-old infielder Geancarlo Mendez and 23-year-old righthander Paul Cusick (a... Read more

Roster 3.0: Is there anybody out there?

Monday, March 26, 2012, 8:04 AM
CLEARWATER, Fla. — Seven days from now, the Phillies will travel to Orlando for their 32d and final Grapefruit League game. They'll hop on a charter flight from MCO to PHL in the early evening and then officially head north. And we're still very much at a loss for what the roster should look... Read more

Joe Blanton is the Phillies' fifth starter - for now

Monday, March 26, 2012, 6:26 PM
Video: The Phillies have six starters for five spots in the pitching rotation, and while they could use Joe Blanton as trade bait, at this point he's the No. 5 guy, the Inquirer's Matt Gelb reports from Clearwater. Read more

Polanco bats 1.000 in minor-league finger test

Saturday, March 24, 2012, 12:32 PM
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Placido Polanco tested the injured left ring finger that had kept him out of the lineup the entire week by playing in a triple-A game Saturday morning at the Carpenter Complex. The appearance confirmed that Polanco can get out of bed and hit, and it also left him feeling good about... Read more

Thome will play first base in big-league game Sunday

Saturday, March 24, 2012, 9:46 AM
CLEARWATER, Fla. – If you’ve been waiting to see Jim Thome play first base, tune into the Phillies’ televised game Sunday against the Baltimore Orioles. After a couple weeks of reacquainting himself with the position during minor-league games at the Carpenter Complex, Thome will... Read more

A pleasant surprise for Kennelly

Friday, March 23, 2012, 9:16 AM
CLEARWATER, Fla. — When Tim Kennelly finished his work at minor-league camp Thursday afternoon, he was summoned inside the Carpenter Complex. There, he was told to pack up and head next door. He's with the big leaguers now. How's that for a surprise? "Absolutely," Kennelly said. The 25-year-old... Read more

Utley returns to camp, Brown optioned

Friday, March 23, 2012, 7:08 PM
Video: Chase Utley returned to Phillies camp on Friday and is expected to address the media on Sunday. The Inquirer's Bob Brookover reports on that and more from Clearwater. Read more

Polanco's finger on the mend

Thursday, March 22, 2012, 12:26 PM
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Placido Polanco took a big step toward returning from a sprained ring finger on his left hand when he participated in batting practice Thursday morning at Bright House Field. "I felt pretty good hitting," said Polanco, who has been out of the lineup since Sunday after he jammed... Read more
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