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Archive: September, 2012

A thin pitching staff is Tyson Brummett's benefit

Sunday, September 30, 2012, 12:47 PM
MIAMI — Tyson Brummett last pitched in a game Aug. 31, and that was for triple-A Lehigh Valley. Since the minor-league season ended, the 28-year-old righthander has thrown bullpen sessions in Utah in preparation for winter ball. On Sunday, he became a major leaguer. Even with this season in... Read more

Phillies need a starting pitcher for Tuesday

Saturday, September 29, 2012, 5:44 PM
MIAMI — Long before Saturday's game, Tyler Cloyd spent five minutes playing catch at an empty Marlins Park with pitching coach Rich Dubee. It was enough time to determine Cloyd has thrown his final pitch of a whirlwind 2012. He has logged 200 innings this season, 54 more than 2011, and his arm... Read more

Ryan Howard breaks toe; season over

Saturday, September 29, 2012, 5:08 PM
MIAMI — No one moment can better characterize this cursed Phillies season than Ryan Howard breaking his right big toe while standing in the on-deck circle. He did it Thursday by dropping a lead pipe he uses for practice swings. The $125 million slugger's season, the most trying of his career... Read more

Chase Utley's experiment at third base is all but dead

Friday, September 28, 2012, 6:32 PM
MIAMI — Chase Utley will no longer pursue a possible position switch to third base after Phillies officials deemed it impractical. Utley was informed of the team's decision during a pregame meeting Friday at Marlins Park with Ruben Amaro Jr. and Charlie Manuel. He had completed a half-dozen... Read more

Howard looks for Phillies to regain health & contender status in 2013

Friday, September 28, 2012, 12:16 AM
If it is only that simple. Ryan Howard feels that a healthy season will enable the Phillies to return as serious playoff contenders. That’s assuming that injured players such as Howard, Chase Utley and Roy Halladay can return to form. Howard believes that will be the case and he also thinks... Read more

Game 156: The final 2012 game at Citizens Bank Park

Thursday, September 27, 2012, 3:38 PM
The Phillies are 40-40 at Citizens Bank Park and look to secure a winning season at home for the 11th consecutive season. Tonight is the home finale against the Washington Nationals. As Matt Gelb pointed out today, Phillies (78-77) need a 4-3 finish to guarantee a franchise-record 10th consecutive... Read more

Roy Halladay will start Saturday

Wednesday, September 26, 2012, 4:56 PM
For nine minutes Wednesday, Rich Dubee watched Roy Halladay throw in the bullpen at Citizens Bank Park. He saw a "completely" different pitcher than the one who could not finish two innings last week because of a spasm in his shoulder. At 3:41 p.m., Halladay sat on a bench in the bullpen and chatted... Read more

Roy Halladay aiming for one final start in 2012

Tuesday, September 25, 2012, 4:43 PM
There is one final start standing between Roy Halladay and a winter of adjustments. The 35-year-old ace will remodel his routine with hopes of recapturing his dominant form. But listen to his bosses and they stress the importance of Halladay finishing 2012 by pitching in a meaningless game. "When... Read more

Game 154: Darin Ruf makes first start

Tuesday, September 25, 2012, 3:13 PM
Darin Ruf will make his first major-league start in left field, a sign the Phillies are willing to use the final nine games of the season for experimentation rather than contention. They trail St. Louis by 5 1/2 games, about as close to being mathematically eliminated without official. Any combination... Read more

Amaro: Halladay 'in position' to make next start

Monday, September 24, 2012, 1:57 PM
The Phillies have not internally discussed a shutdown for Roy Halladay, who is "in position" to make his next start, Ruben Amaro Jr. said Monday. Amaro, the Phillies' GM, said all examinations of Halladay's shoulder and back have "seemed OK." He said Halladay, at this point, is scheduled to make his... Read more
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