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Archive: September, 2009

Two catchers named Paul, and an all-righty bullpen

Friday, September 18, 2009, 11:46 PM
OK, that’s a doomsday scenario for the Phils, but one worth putting out there nonetheless. This was a bad night for the team despite their 9-4 win over Atlanta. Why? Because the players just keep dropping, in ways that could bite the Phils in the playoffs. The news after the game on J.A. Happ... Read more

Pop goes the bullpen

Wednesday, September 16, 2009, 11:15 PM
Sure, the Phillies were happy to have won a game, albeit one that came more as a result of Washington ineptitude than anything else. But the most significant moment last night occurred when when Chan Ho Park felt a “pop” in his hamstring while delivering the final pitch of the seventh inning... Read more

Dobbs activated, Happ will start Friday

Wednesday, September 16, 2009, 4:51 PM
Greg Dobbs (calf) has been activated from the 15-day disabled list. “I made a lot of progress over the days I was down there,” Dobbs said of his time rehabbing in Clearwater, Fla. Dobbs has honed a preparation routine designed to subvert the conventional wisdom that pinch-hitting requires... Read more

Happ upbeat after bullpen session

Monday, September 14, 2009, 12:50 PM
J.A. Happ, attempting to return from a tricky oblique/intercostal/whatever, it's a muscle in his right side strain, threw 55 pitches in a bullpen session this morning at Citizens Bank Park, his first action off a mound since the injury occured nine days ago in Houston. Happ, who has missed two starts... Read more

Lidge not the closer now, could win back job

Thursday, September 10, 2009, 5:12 PM
Charlie Manuel still views Brad Lidge as an excellent closer, possibly this season. And he plans on shifting the bullpen dynamic this month with the goal of fixing Lidge in time for the playoffs. But if that does not happen, others will use September to prepare for postseason... Read more

Escalona and Tracy recalled, Lopez released

Wednesday, September 9, 2009, 10:57 AM
With the season over in Lehigh Valley and winding down in Reading, the Phils have added two more reinforcements, summoning lefty reliever Sergio Escalona (he’ll help with Scott Eyre banged up), and lefty-hitting veteran first baseman Andy Tracy. In an aside that ends one of 2009’s minor... Read more

Lidge's role in flux

Wednesday, September 9, 2009, 5:17 PM
Regardless of what happens in tonight’s game—and Brad Lidge could be the closer if a need for one arises, but he also might not, according to Charlie Manuel today—one thing is clear: the situation has shifted from where it has been all season. Manuel said “Brad Lidge is a closer... Read more

Happ scratched with oblique injury

Monday, September 7, 2009, 12:39 PM
The weekend of horrors for the Phillies continues. J.A. Happ suffred a mild strain of his oblique muscle on Saturday taking batting practice, and was scratched from his start today. Jamie Moyer will be starting against the Astros. Happ and assistant GM Chuck LaMar are stressing the word "mild... Read more

Charlie is mad

Monday, September 7, 2009, 7:39 PM
Here is some of what an agitated Charlie Manuel--more agitated than at any other point this season, in my view--said after the broom fell. On his players: “I hear some of them talking, saying we’re a team that plays better when we have to,” he said. “(Expletive) the last couple... Read more

Victorino switches agencies, wants to be a Phillie long-term

Saturday, September 5, 2009, 1:15 PM
Hello from Houston, where concerned parents this week thankfully brushed back an Orwellian brainwashing, and Roger Clemens saw his defamation suit against former trainer Brian McNamee tossed out of court. Newsy week down here in the Lone Star, including a little nugget about a less controversial Hawaiian... Read more
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