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Archive: April, 2010

Madson placed on DL with broken toe

Friday, April 30, 2010, 2:38 PM
On the day the Phillies' closer returns, their interim closer is going on the disabled list. The injury bug has struck again. Righthander Ryan Madson has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a broken right big toe suffered after Wednesday's win against San Francisco, the Phillies announced... Read more

Lidge will be activated Friday

Thursday, April 29, 2010, 12:28 PM
The Phillies will activate closer Brad Lidge from the disabled list before Friday's game against the Mets, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. announced Thursday. To make space for Lidge, lefthander Antonio Bastardo will be optioned to triple-A Lehigh Valley. Lidge was placed on the disabled list at... Read more

Phillies chat with Matt Gelb

Thursday, April 29, 2010, 6:55 PM
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Blanton gives up two HRs in rehab start at Reading

Wednesday, April 28, 2010, 8:00 PM
Joe Blanton made what was likely his third and final rehab start at double-A Reading Wednesday night, allowing five runs on five hits in five innings against Harrisburg. The veteran righthander, barring an injury setback, is expected to rejoin the Phillies Monday in time to pitch against the St. Louis... Read more

The cost of doing business

Tuesday, April 27, 2010, 2:14 PM
SAN FRANCISCO -- At this point, you're almost tired of hearing about Ryan Howard's five-year, $125 million contract extension. Almost. First, the links from Tuesday's Inquirer: The news: Phils' Howard gets megadeal Bob Brookover goes Inside the Phillies: After Howard's extension, eyes turn to Werth... Read more

Anatomy of a slump

Wednesday, April 28, 2010, 2:10 AM
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Phillies are a second-place team. OK, OK. Relax. Right now they are. The Mets are a half game ahead of the Phillies, who are looking up in the standings for the first time since May 29, 2009. It was going to end some time, right? "I think we need to pay attention to what... Read more

Lidge: 'I feel ready'

Tuesday, April 27, 2010, 10:01 PM
Here is a full report on Phillies closer Brad Lidge, who had an important day for double-A Reading, courtesy of The Inquirer's Chris Melchiorre: READING — After months of rehab following two off-season surgeries, Brad Lidge seemed relieved Tuesday as he sat in front of reporters and declared... Read more

Phillies sign Howard to 5-year, $125 million extension

Monday, April 26, 2010, 2:34 PM
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Phillies have locked up their slugging first baseman with the richest deal in franchise history. Ryan Howard has signed a five-year, $125 million contract extension, the team announced Monday. There is a club option for a sixth year, meaning the deal could reach $138 million in... Read more

Howard: 'It’s a great feeling to have that security'

Monday, April 26, 2010, 9:02 PM
SAN FRANCISCO -- About to jump on a conference call with Ryan Howard's agent, Casey Close, but for now, here are some of the most interesting answers from the press conference that just ended with Howard and general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. Why now? AMARO: We just felt it was good timing for us. We... Read more

Some Sunday notes from the desert

Sunday, April 25, 2010, 2:56 PM
PHOENIX -- It's supposed to reach 89 degrees here on what is shaping up to be a beautiful Sunday in Arizona. The roof is still open at Chase Field and it looks like it will stay that way. The Phillies could hit a rare 6-for-6: Six games in Houston and Phoenix and no closed roofs. Impressive. Of course... Read more
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