The Phillies Zone Archive: April, 2010

Madson placed on DL with broken toe

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On the day the Phillies' closer returns, their interim closer is going on the disabled list. The injury bug has struck again. Righthander... Read more

Lidge will be activated Friday

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The Phillies will activate closer Brad Lidge from the disabled list before Friday's game against the Mets, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr.... Read more

Phillies chat with Matt Gelb

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Blanton gives up two HRs in rehab start at Reading

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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... Read more

The cost of doing business

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SAN FRANCISCO -- At this point, you're almost tired of hearing about Ryan Howard's five-year, $125 million contract extension. Almost. First... Read more

Anatomy of a slump

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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,... Read more

Lidge: 'I feel ready'

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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... Read more

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

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SAN FRANCISCO -- The Phillies have locked up their slugging first baseman with the richest deal in franchise history. Ryan Howard has signed... Read more

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

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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... Read more

Some Sunday notes from the desert

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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... Read more