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Archive: March, 2012

Phillies sign Blanco

Saturday, March 31, 2012, 9:54 AM
CLEARWATER, Fla. — The Phillies and Nationals are trading castoffs all of a sudden. Andres Blanco, a 27-year-old utility infielder, signed a minor-league deal with the Phillies on Saturday, two days after he was released by Washington. Blanco will report to minor-league camp later Saturday... Read more

Bullpen depth will be used

Friday, March 30, 2012, 9:27 AM
CLEARWATER, Fla. — It's about this time of spring when fretting about the opening day roster becomes the cool thing to do, except when you realize it's merely an opening day roster. The Phillies began 2011 with Ben Francisco as the starting right fielder. J.C. Romero and Danys Baez were in the... Read more

Et tu, Mayberry?

Friday, March 30, 2012, 5:12 PM
TAMPA, Fla. — Earlier, we discussed some hints that Juan Pierre stands to gain quite a deal of playing time. He's leading off for Charlie Manuel a day after officially making the team. Manuel said he's running through lineup combinations in his head. "I want to try Pierre at the top," Manuel... Read more

Pierre leading off

Friday, March 30, 2012, 4:01 PM
TAMPA, Fla. — When Juan Pierre was summoned to Charlie Manuel's office Thursday afternoon, he had no inclination of his fate. He knew a decision was required in less than 24 hours, so this was it. "I don't think they could have been wrong with any direction they went in," Pierre said, "because... Read more

Kratz optioned to minors

Thursday, March 29, 2012, 9:56 AM
CLEARWATER, Fla. — Catcher Erik Kratz was optioned to minor-league camp Thursday, but expect Kratz to don a Phillies uniform sometime this season. He's the third catcher on the depth chart, but the Phillies have typically needed at least three catchers every season. Kratz has two option years... Read more

A word on Mayberry

Thursday, March 29, 2012, 7:50 AM
CLEARWATER, Fla. — The volume of questions about John Mayberry Jr. has expanded in recent days. The majority sound something like this: "Should we worry?" If it's spring stats that make you worry, then absolutely not. Yes, Mayberry is tied for the team lead in Grapefruit League at-bats with... Read more

Did Hamels show his hand?

Thursday, March 29, 2012, 3:37 PM
CLEARWATER, Fla. — Surely, you've noticed it. Cole Hamels has acted and talked like a very confident man. Almost too confident. Hamels will soon be a rich man, this much is sure. But as players inch toward free agency, sometimes nerves will dominate. What if I'm hurt? What if I flop? The Phillies... Read more

Galvis sits

Wednesday, March 28, 2012, 12:27 PM
FORT MYERS, Fla. — Freddy Galvis was spared the 130-mile bus ride Wednesday to Hammond Stadium, but that was not the only reason to smile. His left foot was wrapped, but the bruise from fouling off a ball there was no worse than Tuesday. "I feel much better today," Galvis said back in Clearwater... Read more

Total lunar eclipse of the heart

Wednesday, March 28, 2012, 4:34 PM
FORT MYERS, Fla. — So here we are, three days away from breaking camp in Florida, and finally the lasting image of this morose Phillies spring has emerged. Charlie Manuel rattled off a bunch of Hector Luna's career stats following Wednesday's 11-7 loss to Minnesota. He likes Luna's bat, especially... Read more

Bench auditions

Tuesday, March 27, 2012, 11:50 AM
CLEARWATER, Fla. — And so we've reached the final stretch of the Grapefruit League. This morose Phillies spring has been consumed with questions regarding Chase Utley and Ryan Howard. But now, as life without them, draws closer to reality, the Phillies are faced with the task of actually fielding... Read more
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