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Archive: April, 2012

Amaro Updates Phillies Injury Situation

Friday, April 27, 2012, 5:45 PM
Phillies general manger Ruben Amaro Jr. says that an MRI disclosed that lefthander Cliff Lee has a Grade 1 left external oblique strain. “That is kind of what we thought it would be,” Amaro said before tonight’s game with the Chicago Cubs. Amaro stressed that he doesn't know the... Read more

Manuel Feels Brief Rest Will Benefit Rollins

Friday, April 27, 2012, 5:15 PM
Jimmy Rollins is back in the Phillies lineup Friday against the Chicago Cubs after getting most of the game off during Wednesday’s 7-2 win at Arizona. Rollins, who had started the first 18 games this season, entered the game as a defensive replacement in the eighth inning. Manager Charlie... Read more

Tonight's Phillies Lineup

Friday, April 27, 2012, 3:02 PM
Here is the Phillies lineup for tonight’s game against the visiting Chicago Cubs. Juan Pierre leads off and plays LF, followed by Placido Polanco, 3B; Jimmy Rollins, SS; Hunter Pense, RF; Shane Victorino, CF; Ty Wigginton, 1B; Carlos Ruiz, C; Freddy Galvis, 2B and Roy Halladay, P (3-1, 1.50)... Read more

Game 19: Hot hands

Wednesday, April 25, 2012, 2:23 PM
PHOENIX — One game remains on this season-long road trip and for all its ugliness, the Phillies can break even with a victory Wednesday. That's saying something. To do it, Charlie Manuel will use his 15th different lineup in 19 games. He's sticking with the hot hands — Laynce Nix and Pete... Read more

Questions about Stutes' health

Tuesday, April 24, 2012, 8:08 PM
PHOENIX — The immediate effect of Kyle Kendrick's three-inning clunker Monday was a Phillies loss. But its aftermath extended into Tuesday, when Charlie Manuel was left with a short bullpen. Kendrick threw 63 pitches and allowed seven runs. "Sometimes you see guys settle in and they could give... Read more

Utley at first base? Don't laugh

Tuesday, April 24, 2012, 8:05 AM
PHOENIX — There isn't much else to discuss in the aftermath of a 9-5 drubbing at the hands of the Diamondbacks, so look ahead. And this is way ahead, far more ahead than we should be thinking. Freddy Galvis has played quite well. It's only been 17 games, but the 22-year-old rookie has done more... Read more

Game 18: Pence magically healed

Tuesday, April 24, 2012, 6:10 PM
PHOENIX — Earlier Tuesday, the Phillies released an ominous statement from general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. that Hunter Pence would undergo a "precautionary" MRI on his injured left shoulder. Well, Pence is slotted fourth in Charlie Manuel's lineup and playing right field. So much for that. Manuel... Read more

Game 17: A day of rest for Pence

Monday, April 23, 2012, 6:02 PM
PHOENIX — UPDATE (7:50 p.m.): Hunter Pence is sidelined by a left shoulder injury. EARLIER: Charlie Manuel did not specifically name Hunter Pence during his postgame lecture Sunday about his players pressing. But Pence is the best example. He made five outs with four swings Sunday and cost... Read more

Game 16: Ruiz back; Thome starts

Sunday, April 22, 2012, 1:50 PM
SAN DIEGO — Carlos Ruiz is back in the lineup after a two-day absence because of a left wrist injury. Joining him in Charlie Manuel's Sunday lineup is Jim Thome, who is making his first start in nine days. Manuel is looking for something to spark this offense, which has scored 14 runs in six... Read more

Some work for Contreras

Saturday, April 21, 2012, 2:27 PM
SAN DIEGO — For four days, Jose Contreras waited. It had been since last June when the 40-year-old Cuban last pitched in a major-league game. He rejoined the Phillies on this road trip but work is difficult to come by. So he'd trot to the bullpen with Antonio Bastardo hours before games and... Read more
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