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Archive: May, 2011

The game story that wasn't: Phillies lose in 10

Thursday, May 26, 2011, 6:35 AM
WRITER'S NOTE: We did this last season and a bunch of you enjoyed it, so we'll do it again. The real game story can be found here. For those unaware of the writing process on deadline when covering a game, I'll write a story during the game that is to be sent as soon as the final out is recorded.... Read more

Game 49: The Utley maintenance program

Wednesday, May 25, 2011, 2:58 PM
After two days of playing, Chase Utley will rest Wednesday. He is not in the lineup as the Phillies take on Reds lefthander Travis Wood, who almost threw a perfect game against them last season. Instead, Wilson Valdez is at second. All parties involved, from Manuel to Utley and GM Ruben Amaro Jr.... Read more

Contreras appears ready

Tuesday, May 24, 2011, 11:56 AM
Only in the minor leagues would a Tuesday doubleheader begin at 10:35 a.m., but that's what is happening up in Hog Country today. Jose Contreras was scheduled to make his final rehab appearance for triple-A Lehigh Valley on Monday night, but the game was rained out. So he started Game 1 of this morning-day... Read more

Worley was tired

Tuesday, May 24, 2011, 11:24 PM
It had been 20 days since Vance Worley had thrown more than three innings in a game and the 23-year-old rookie said that caught up to him Tuesday. Near the end of the third inning, he said he started dragging. By the time the fifth inning began with a walk to the opposing pitcher, Johnny Cueto, he... Read more

Injury roundup: Contreras, Victorino, Gillies

Tuesday, May 24, 2011, 5:02 PM
A significantly quieter pregame tonight. Only two TV cameras in attendance as opposed to the hundreds (OK, maybe I'm overestimating) that were around for Utley Day on Monday. Anyway, the bespectacled one, Vance Worley, takes the mound for his third start of the season. Before that, here is some injury... Read more

Game 47: The return of Utley

Monday, May 23, 2011, 2:32 PM
In 46 games, Charlie Manuel used 30 different batting orders. With glee, he will use a 31st new one Monday because Chase Utley is added. But Utley will not bat third as Manuel suggested Sunday. The starting nine against Cincinnati righthander Bronson Arroyo: 1. Jimmy Rollins 6 2. Chase Utley 4 3... Read more

Blanton to seek second opinion on elbow

Monday, May 23, 2011, 4:21 PM
The Phillies are still unsure of the problems inside Joe Blanton's right elbow, and they are sending the pitcher for an ultrasound examination Tuesday followed by a visit to Dr. James Andrews, the renowned orthopedist, on Wednesday. Those are words a pitcher never wants to hear. Blanton expressed... Read more

UPDATE: Utley to be activated Monday

Sunday, May 22, 2011, 12:02 PM
UPDATE: Utley is officially back Monday. The Phillies optioned Pete Orr after Sunday's loss and will activate Utley before Monday's game. Also, Vance Worley will make Joe Blanton's next start Tuesday as Blanton goes on the disabled list. A clubhouse attendant spent about 10 minutes Sunday morning... Read more

Video: Phillies blanked at home

Sunday, May 22, 2011, 8:05 PM
Video: The Inquirer's Matt Gelb discusses the Phillies' loss to Texas and the scheduled return of Chase Utley. Have a question? Send it to Matt Gelb's Mailbag. Download our NEW iPhone/Android app for easy access to all of our Phillies coverage, plus app-exclusive videos and analysis. Get it here... Read more

Gelb: Managing gone wrong

Friday, May 20, 2011, 12:38 PM
Video: Matt Gelb discusses how Joe Blanton and Shane Victorino's injuries were handled, the search for offense and the series vs. Texas. Have a question? Send it to Matt Gelb's Mailbag. Download our NEW iPhone/Android app for easy access to all of our Phillies coverage, plus app-exclusive videos... Read more
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