The Phillies Zone Archive: March, 2012

Why Contreras is headed for minors

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CLEARWATER, Fla. — Jose Contreras is not scheduled to pitch in another Grapefruit League game. Instead, he'll pitch in a minor-league... Read more

Dubee in love with Diekman

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CLEARWATER, Fla. — After Rich Dubee saw Jake Diekman throw off a mound for the first time in February, the pitching coach was smitten... Read more

Notable minor-league assignments

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CLEARWATER, Fla. — Sunday was a day of rest at minor-league camp, as the Phillies made their cuts and assembled the rosters for their... Read more

Roster 3.0: Is there anybody out there?

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CLEARWATER, Fla. — Seven days from now, the Phillies will travel to Orlando for their 32d and final Grapefruit League game. They'll hop... Read more

Joe Blanton is the Phillies' fifth starter - for now

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Video: The Phillies have six starters for five spots in the pitching rotation, and while they could use Joe Blanton as trade bait, at this... Read more

Polanco bats 1.000 in minor-league finger test

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CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Placido Polanco tested the injured left ring finger that had kept him out of the lineup the entire week by playing in a... Read more

Thome will play first base in big-league game Sunday

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CLEARWATER, Fla. – If you’ve been waiting to see Jim Thome play first base, tune into the Phillies’ televised game Sunday... Read more

A pleasant surprise for Kennelly

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CLEARWATER, Fla. — When Tim Kennelly finished his work at minor-league camp Thursday afternoon, he was summoned inside the Carpenter... Read more

Utley returns to camp, Brown optioned

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Video: Chase Utley returned to Phillies camp on Friday and is expected to address the media on Sunday. The Inquirer's Bob Brookover reports... Read more

Polanco's finger on the mend

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CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Placido Polanco took a big step toward returning from a sprained ring finger on his left hand when he participated in batting... Read more