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Archive: July, 2011

Polanco wants shot

Monday, July 18, 2011, 6:30 PM
CHICAGO -- The frustration is evident in the way Placido Polanco speaks. His sentences are short; his voice is dulled. Four times last season, he was injected cortisone with a large needle and after the fourth shot at the beginning of the postseason, he vowed to never do it again. "I don't want to... Read more

Victorino likely to return Tuesday

Sunday, July 17, 2011, 1:16 PM
It appears as if the Phillies will add a right-handed bat this week that will be ready to play whenever an opposing team starts a left-handed pitcher or brings in a left-handed reliever. Barring a setback Sunday in his rehab assignment with double-A Reading, Shane Victorino is expected to come off... Read more

Video: Phillies hold off Mets in series finale

Sunday, July 17, 2011, 7:34 PM
The Philadelphia Inquirer's Bob Brookover takes a look at the Phillies' 8-5 victory over the Mets with Mark Hale of the New York Post. 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

Polanco placed on DL, Madson activated

Friday, July 15, 2011, 11:20 AM
Third baseman Placido Polanco has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with lower back inflammation, retroactive to July 5, Assistant General Manager Scott Proefrock announced today. To fill his spot on the 25-man roster, the club activated right-hander Ryan Madson from the disabled list. Polanco... Read more

Madson back in bullpen, but not back as closer

Friday, July 15, 2011, 5:44 PM
Ryan Madson is back from the disabled list, but not back as the closer. Placido Polanco is on the disabled list, but if he has his way it will not be for long. And if pitching coach Rich Dubee and manager Charlie Manuel are upset about Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee being overworked at the All-Star Game... Read more

Command goes, but not confidence for Lidge

Thursday, July 14, 2011, 6:42 PM
TRENTON -- Brad Lidge says he has his health. He insists that his fastball is getting more and more MPH. So Lidge says he wasn’t going to allow one poor outing get him down, because he sees too many positives in his comeback from a shoulder injury that has sidelined him all season. Lidge feels... Read more

Lee was fine with second inning

Wednesday, July 13, 2011, 6:10 AM
PHOENIX -- Cliff Lee smiled in a hallway underneath Chase Field. He was asked what his pitching coach, Rich Dubee, might have thought when his TV in Sarasota, Fla., showed his second ace beginning a second inning of work in Tuesday's All-Star Game. No worries. "I feel fine," Lee said. "Physically... Read more

Want changes to the All-Star Game? Keep waiting.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011, 5:47 PM
PHOENIX -- For the first time in three years, Charlie Manuel does not have to worry about managing an All-Star Game tonight. But you can bet he is watching from Winter Haven, Fla. The Phillies have a vested interest in this exhibition. They have 57 wins. A return trip to the World Series is the goal... Read more

Cosart's report on the Baby Aces

Monday, July 11, 2011, 7:55 AM
PHOENIX -- Came away impressed with Jarred Cosart both on and off the field. Only had very brief encounters with him during spring training and saw one inning he pitched in a minor-league spring game, but nothing like the access and stage of Sunday's Futures Game at Chase Field. As detailed in Monday's... Read more

Hamels critical of All-Star Game rule

Monday, July 11, 2011, 3:53 PM
PHOENIX -- The way Cole Hamels sees it, he's throwing anyway Tuesday, so why not let him pitch in the All-Star Game? "I need to find a catcher," Hamels quipped. "Maybe I'll get [Braves catcher Brian] McCann." That's because Hamels will throw a side bullpen session at Chase Field sometime before the... Read more
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