Thursday Morning Notes

Passing along a few tidbits from Ruben Amaro Jr.:

  • The Phillies are looking for more starting pitching depth, but if they find somebody it would be on a Minor League deal. “It’s a possibility,” Amaro said. “At some point you’ve got to see what you’ve got. We’re probably as close to that stage as we’ve been all offseason. While I guess we’re not necessarily satisfied with where we are — we’re never satisfied — we’re comfortable with going into the spring with who we’ve got. We’ll kind of let things play out.”
  • J.C. Romero and Brad Lidge have started throwing. Jamie Moyer could begin throwing soon, too. Amaro had said for some time that Lidge is ahead of Romero, but Romero started to throw on the 17th. Lidge started to throw earlier this week, so it sounds like they might be even. “So far so good,” Amaro said about Lidge and Romero. “No news is good news on those guys.”
  • Moyer has told the Phillies he thinks he will be ready by Opening Day. The medical staff has a more conservative timetable.
  • Roy Halladay has been arriving every morning around 7 a.m. at Bright House Field in Clearwater to begin his workouts. Amaro said the training staff is raving about his workout routine. I think the word “animal” and “monster” is being used a lot. (These are not words people use to describe my workout routine.)
  • Amaro still will not confirm the Phillies are close to signing Jose Contreras, which could be announced as early as today. Of course, that really does not matter because Charlie Manuel confirmed it during Tuesday’s news conference. It was actually a pretty funny moment. (Well, funny to the scribes.) The Phillies cannot comment or confirm Contreras because he has not passed his physical. Of course, Manuel did not know this so he talked about him like he had signed. No worries, the world is still spinning.

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9 Comments

Looks like Lidge and Romero may be ready sooner than we thought. I hope they are not rushing it.
Roy Halladay should fit right into the Phillies clubhouse. Serious about winning, not just playing.

The thought of seeing Halladay in a Phillies uniform pitching on opening day gives me ******* goosebumps.

I miss the early spring trainig Roy Halladay talk over on the Jays blog, so thought I’d better come over here for my fill. I can’t wait to see what kind of year he has with a team that can actually score him some runs.

Welcome to the blog djaysm. ANything we should know about the NL’s new best pitcher?

Charlie shouldnever change the way he does things or the way he goes about HIS business running the team. The guy is priceless… Of course daseeker, havaiwil, et al would have something to say about that…..

Thanks for the welcome!
What you need to know about the NL’s new best pitcher? I like the sounds of that.
He’s not going to go out there and blow your mind the first time you see him pitch, he’s quiet, his stuff is quiet (but deadly) but next thing you know he’ll be leading the NL in innings pitched, CG’s, wins, ERA….I don’t want to go on too much and jinx him!
He’s so much fun to watch because he sets the tone and speed of the game, and fielders always say they love playing behind him, because he always puts the ball in play, and they feel they need to step it up a notch when he’s on the mound.
Once again, I look forward to seeing the year he has in 2010, and I’ll be wearing a Phillies cap this year when he’s on the mound.

djaysm, if all Jays fans are like you, then I”d have to say that you guys deserve something good to out of this. It may not be this year, but you have a lot of young talent and rising prosects. Good luck in the hardest division in baseball.

sorry about the drunken typing…..Wait. I’m not even drunk….

Well, hopefully Drabek and D’arnaud will be as good as we hear. We have a great new GM building us up…pretty much from scratch now, so we’ll give the Yanks a run for their money…..in a couple years lol.
The worst thing about losing Doc is, he owned the Yanks and BoSox, so it was always nice to go in there and take a couple games from them…don’t see that happening this year though.
Look forward to checking in on this blog as the season goes on.
Go Phills!

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