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Archive: February, 2012

Contreras to throw off mound

Monday, February 20, 2012, 2:52 PM
CLEARWATER, Fla. — Jose Contreras plopped into his chair and lifted both of his arms in the air. His right arm was wrapped heavily in ice, but the 40-year-old Cuban was proud to announce another step in his recovery from elbow surgery. Contreras said he will throw off a mound Tuesday. He threw... Read more

A Hamels primer

Monday, February 20, 2012, 8:05 AM
CLEARWATER, Fla. — This afternoon, Cole Hamels will discuss his impending free agency for the first (and likely last) time this spring. It's an issue that will hover over this franchise until a resolution is reached — whether it be this spring or not until November. Hamels could set the... Read more

Howard showing signs of Achilles improvement

Monday, February 20, 2012, 7:42 PM
Ryan Howard has been jogging, taking grounders at first, and even a little bit of batting practice. However, the team will be taking a conservative approach to rehabbing his Achilles. Read more

Jordan was first to acquire Lee

Monday, February 20, 2012, 3:55 PM
When someone new joins the Phillies, it's always interesting to see if they have any link to the people already in the organization. Joe Jordan, the Phillies' first-year director of player development, has a truly interesting connection. It turns out Jordan was the area scout who signed Phillies lefthander... Read more

Charlie loves Thome

Sunday, February 19, 2012, 2:47 PM
Charlie Manuel sure does love Jim Thome. I know that's not breaking news, but sometimes Manuel's affection for the power-hitting first baseman is so over the top that it becomes comical. Such a case arose Sunday afternoon when someone asked the Phillies manager how he planned to divvy up the starts... Read more

Phillies will limit Utley in spring training

Sunday, February 19, 2012, 1:57 PM
CLEARWATER, Fla. — Last spring, Chase Utley arrived at camp with what the Phillies termed as "general soreness." It was an ominous beginning to what was a concerning season for Utley, who played in only 103 games and posted the second lowest line drive rate in baseball. This spring, the Phillies... Read more

Phillies sign Kendrick to two-year deal

Sunday, February 19, 2012, 10:32 AM
CLEARWATER, Fla. — On the day spring training begins, Kyle Kendrick has a new contract. The Phillies have signed the righthander to a two-year, $7.5 million deal. The contract is for 2012 and 2013. It supersedes the previous one-year, $3.585 million deal the two sides reached earlier this... Read more

Qualls only one missing as camp begins

Sunday, February 19, 2012, 10:07 AM
CLEARWATER, Fla. — Thirty-four of the 35 pitchers and catchers have reported to Phillies camp for the beginning of spring training. The lone absentee is righthander Chad Qualls, who was excused for personal reasons. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said he expects Qualls to report Tuesday. Qualls... Read more

Understanding the Blanton trade rumors

Sunday, February 19, 2012, 9:19 AM
CLEARWATER, Fla. — It's the beginning of spring training, so there must be Joe Blanton trade rumors. "I wouldn't know what to do if they didn't come along," Blanton deadpanned Sunday morning. "I don't even pay attention anymore. It's a business. We all understand that. No one takes it personal... Read more

Video: Spring Training officially begins

Sunday, February 19, 2012, 6:38 PM
Video: Phillies Spring Training 2012 officially got under way as pitchers and catchers reported to the Bright House Complex in Clearwater. Have a question? Send it to Matt Gelb's Mailbag. Read more
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