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Archive: February, 2013

For Kevin Frandsen, a modicum of comfort

Tuesday, February 19, 2013, 10:13 AM
CLEARWATER, Fla. — Kevin Frandsen refuses to call it a revival. He says it is best to ignore the facts. He mustered 228 major-league plate appearances over four seasons, turned 30, and entered 2012 on uncertain terms with an organization that barely knew him. Utility infielders are kindred spirits... Read more

A spring search for replacement starters

Monday, February 18, 2013, 9:58 AM
CLEARWATER, Fla. — Whenever a Phillies starter succumbed to injury in recent years, the solution was uncomplicated. Kyle Kendrick was plucked from the bullpen, inserted into the rotation, and the Phillies cherished that familiarity. Now, Kendrick is the fourth starter, and such a luxury does... Read more

Some Gross leftovers

Monday, February 18, 2013, 7:20 AM
Sometimes you write a story for the newspaper and you run out of room to get everything in. Unlimited space is the beauty of the internet age. I wrote a story about former Phillies hitting coach Greg Gross for Sunday and had some leftover quotes. Here are the leftovers. I hope you enjoy them as much... Read more

Video: Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins has a hidden talent

Monday, February 18, 2013, 6:12 PM
Today was Phillies Photo Day, where the batting cages under Brighthouse Field stadium are turned into photo studios by various media outlets. Jimmy Rollins surprised all with a special talent. Read more

Meet Humberto Quintero, likely backup catcher

Sunday, February 17, 2013, 9:52 AM
CLEARWATER, Fla. — Humberto Quintero was twice released in the span of 22 days last July. First, when Kansas City designated him for assignment, the Phillies called Quintero right away. He instead signed with the Marlins. His stint there lasted 10 days before being released. The Phillies called... Read more

Phillies chat with Matt Gelb

Sunday, February 17, 2013, 9:05 PM
The Inquirer's Matt Gelb takes your Phillies questions in a live chat, beginning at 3 p.m. on Monday. On a mobile device? Click HERE to follow along and submit questions. Read more

After speech, Charlie Manuel addresses contract for last time

Saturday, February 16, 2013, 1:51 PM
CLEARWATER, Fla. — It's an annual rite of spring: Before the first Phillies full-squad workout, Charlie Manuel addresses the entire clubhouse with his speech. Sometimes he has notes. Usually it comes from within. Always, it draws response. The manager is starting his ninth spring and it could... Read more

Charlie Manuel wants Freddy Galvis in majors

Saturday, February 16, 2013, 8:00 AM
CLEARWATER, Fla. — The way Charlie Manuel sees it, there is a way to keep his aging infield sharp. It requires a sure-handed defender who has experience — and skill — at three positions. There is a place for Freddy Galvis on this team, Manuel said. The manager envisions all four... Read more

In new surroundings, Michael Young expects comfort

Friday, February 15, 2013, 10:22 AM
CLEARWATER, Fla. — Michael Young was a man who thought he found a home and would spend forever there. On the day he was traded from Texas, his boss said, "If there were crying in baseball, I guess I'd cry." Young entered the Phillies clubhouse for the first time Friday morning and saw familiarity... Read more

Filling two outfield spots

Friday, February 15, 2013, 9:57 AM
CLEARWATER, Fla. — When Ruben Amaro Jr. declared "in a perfect world" Delmon Young would be his everyday right fielder, he issued one small caveat a month ago. Young is already behind schedule. The controversial outfielder reported to camp Friday morning but did not speak to reporters. Young... Read more
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