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Archive: July, 2012

Carlos Ruiz will catch R.A. Dickey's knuckleball

Monday, July 9, 2012, 3:30 PM
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Much was made whether R.A. Dickey would start Tuesday's All-Star Game because of the knuckleballer's story that has captivated a nation. It turns out the Mets righthander will pitch in relief, and when he enters, it will be with Carlos Ruiz. National League manager Tony La... Read more

Lisalverto Bonilla scratched from Futures Game

Sunday, July 8, 2012, 4:56 PM
KANSAS CITY — Fans hoping for a look Sunday at Lisalverto Bonilla, the hard-throwing Phillies righthanded reliever who has dominated double-A competition, will be disappointed. He will not pitch in the Futures Game. Bonilla, 22, injured his right thumb while clowning around with teammates in... Read more

Plotting a new lineup

Friday, July 6, 2012, 9:51 AM
Ryan Howard will see Phillies doctors Friday morning as a mere formality. The Phillies decided Thursday night their slugging first baseman was ready for a return to the majors less than nine months removed from Achilles surgery and after only seven minor-league games. Finally, Charlie Manuel will... Read more

Halladay, Nix, Brown, Lee, oh my

Thursday, July 5, 2012, 5:23 PM
NEW YORK — Plenty of tidbits on this Thursday. Here they are: — Roy Halladay will throw a bullpen Saturday then likely head to Florida for a rehab assignment during the All-Star break. "We can set up some things were he does simulated stuff too," Ruben Amaro Jr. said. "He's probably better... Read more

Game 84: Chase Utley sticks to plan

Thursday, July 5, 2012, 3:34 PM
NEW YORK — Even a game-tying, life-infusing blast Wednesday could not win Chase Utley a spot in the lineup Thursday. The Phillies said they would religiously stick to a "two days on, one day off" plan for Utley upon his return. The second baseman said his chronically injured knees have felt... Read more

Midseason prospecting

Thursday, July 5, 2012, 3:30 PM
NEW YORK — The score is 3-0 on Baseball America's midseason Top 50 prospects list; three former Phillies farmhands to zero current ones. Three players who were named to this Sunday's Futures Game in Kansas City appear. They are catcher Travis D'Arnaud (19th), first baseman Jonathan Singleton... Read more

Ryan Howard's progressions

Tuesday, July 3, 2012, 10:41 AM
Ryan Howard has deliberately followed the plan, one that has called for careful and slow progressions. He has yet to play more than five innings in a rehab game at first base, a barrier he could pass Tuesday night in Allentown. He will play in his sixth official rehab game. Howard told reporters Monday... Read more

Amaro's delicate position

Tuesday, July 3, 2012, 10:07 AM
ON A TRAIN — It's rare for Ruben Amaro Jr. to acknowledge a rumor, no matter how baseless it is. The recent reports of the Phillies general manager calling other teams for an idea how much Cole Hamels et al. are worth were not baseless. They were true; invariably, an executive from a team Amaro... Read more

Roy Halladay throws extended bullpen session

Tuesday, July 3, 2012, 5:42 PM
NEW YORK — Roy Halladay took another step toward a return by throwing a 56-pitch bullpen session Tuesday. It was an extended one, meaning Halladay stopped and restarted to simulate rest in between innings. "He's building up," pitching coach Rich Dubee said. Dubee believes Halladay is on track... Read more

Negotiating 101

Monday, July 2, 2012, 10:03 AM
MIAMI — The Phillies have not traded Cole Hamels. They have not traded Shane Victorino, Joe Blanton, Hunter Pence, Ty Wigginton, Juan Pierre or Cliff Lee. The rumor du jour — and be ready for this, because it'll be a long July — was the Phillies were at least listening to potential... Read more
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