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Madson to DL, Carpenter Called Up

The Phillies are onto their fourth closer in 2011.

They opened Spring Training with Brad Lidge in that role, but he got hurt. They moved onto Jose Contreras and Ryan Madson during the season. Madson has had an outstanding year, but the Phillies placed him on the 15-day disabled list today because of a bruised right hand. The Phillies called up right-hander Andrew Carpenter to take his place in the bullpen, although Antonio Bastardo is a candidate to close.

Madson injured his hand May 20 when a ball struck him during a game with the Texas Rangers. He continued to pitch, but complained of pain on occasion. He received a cortisone injection Friday.

Madson, 30, is 3-1 with a 2.03 ERA in 31 games this season. He has converted 15 of 16 save opportunities and has struck out 34 batters over 31 innings. Carpenter, 26, is 5-0 with a 1.58 ERA in 24 games for Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He has not allowed a run over his last eight appearances (13 1/3 innings).

A Crowded DL: Been There, Done That

The injuries are piling up for the Phillies, although Ruben Amaro Jr. said last night Carlos Ruiz won’t be placed on the DL today because of a back problem.

That doesn’t mean it won’t happen. It just won’t happen today. But the DL already is crowded with Chase Utley, Brad Lidge, Jose Contreras, Joe Blanton, J.C. Romero, Domonic Brown and Brian Bocock

The Phillies should be used to this. I pictured players checking their iPads or phones last night and shrugging their shoulders at the latest DL news, if they hadn’t heard already.

“Blanton’s on the DL? Damn. OK.”

The Phillies have travelled this road before:

  • 2007: They used 46 players, including 28 pitchers (some of those players included Chris Roberson, Pete LaForest, Russell Branyan, Yoel Hernandez, Anderson Garcia, Kane Davis, John Ennis, Joe Bisenius, Zack Segovia and Matt Smith).
  • 2008: They used 40 players, including 18 pitchers (Brad Harman, Andy Tracy, Chris Snelling, R.J. Swindle, Les Walrond and Andrew Carpenter).
  • 2009: They used 41 players, including 22 pitchers (Rodrigo Lopez, Paul Hoover, Sergio Escalona and Steven Register).
  • 2010: They used 42 players, including 21 pitchers (Cody Ransom, Dane Sardinha, Brian Bocock, Nate Robertson, Scott Mathieson and Nelson Figueroa).

The Phillies handled the injuries every time. Nobody can say they will handle them this year, but it explains why nobody in the clubhouse is panicked, either.

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Amaro Close to Deal, Phillies Make First Cuts

The Phillies locked up Charlie Manuel through 2013 when he signed a two-year contract extension yesterday.

Ruben Amaro Jr. is next.

Sources indicated today the Phillies and Amaro are close to a multiyear extension. An announcement could come in the next couple days.

Amaro, 46, replaced Pat Gillick as general manager following the 2008 World Series championship. He previously served as assistant general manager for 10 years under Ed Wade and Gillick.

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The Phillies made their first Spring Training roster moves today, optioning or reassigning 16 players to Minor League camp.

The number quickly dropped to 15 when the Phillies reassigned Robb Quinlan and his agent asked for his release. The Phillies granted it.

The Phillies also reassigned right-handers Brian Bass, Eddie Bonine, Andrew Carpenter and Michael Schwimer; left-hander Ryan Feierabend; catcher Joel Naughton; infielders Tagg Bozied and Quinlan; and outfielder Matt Miller.

The Phillies optioned seven players to Minor League camp: right-handers Justin De Fratus, Drew Naylor and J.C. Ramirez; infielders Harold Garcia, Cesar Hernandez, Carlos Rivero and Matt Rizzotti.

The Phillies are taking a little longer look at right-hander Michael Stutes, who has pitched well this spring. He has a 1.50 ERA in four Grapefruit League appearances. Opponents have hit .143 against him. The only other non-roster invitees still in big-league camp are left-handers Dan Meyer and Juan Perez. Meyer has a .600 ERA in three appearances, although opponents have hit .182 against him. Perez has a 3.00 ERA in three appearances, and opponents have hit just .077 against him.

The Phillies are looking for a second left-hander to pitch in the bullpen. They currently only have J.C. Romero.

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Contract Odds and Ends

The Phillies have reached agreement with almost everybody in camp. Here is a look at some of their recent agreements:

  • Domonic Brown: $89,180 in Minors, $414,000 in Majors. Award bonus: $25,000 for Rookie of the Year.
  • Andrew Carpenter: $67,300 in Minors, $414,000 in Majors.
  • Freddy Galvis: $33,600 in Minors, $414,000 in Majors.
  • Harold Garcia: $33,600 in Minors, $414,000 in Majors.
  • Cesar Hernandez: $33,600 in Minors, $414,000 in Majors.
  • John Mayberry Jr.: $103,969 in Minors, $414,000 in Majors.
  • Carlos Rivero: $67,300 in Minors, $414,000 in Majors.
  • Vance Worley: $67,300 in Minors, $414,000 in Majors.

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Kendrick Optioned, Carpenter Recalled

The Phillies optioned Kyle Kendrick to Triple-A Lehigh Valley, and recalled Andrew Carpenter to take his place on the 25-man roster.

Carpenter is 7-6 with a 3.41 ERA in 18 starts this season with the IronPigs.

It is possible Carpenter takes Kendrick’s place in the rotation. But here’s another possibility: the Phillies make Carpenter a long man in the bullpen until J.A. Happ rejoins the rotation in five days.

Or the Phillies make a trade for starting pitching help.

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Happ on the DL

Here’s a rundown of today’s news that J.A. Happ is on the DL, J.C. Romero took his place on the 25-man roster and Nelson Figueroa will make a spot start Saturday in Arizona:

  • The Phillies think Happ’s return to the rotation could be closer to weeks than a month. He is eligible to be activated as early as May 1 because he has not pitched since April 15. Happ had the same injury (strained flexor pronator muscle in his left arm) in 2007, so he is familiar with the injury. He said it has improved since his last start, but he still felt some discomfort in a 20-pitch bullpen session this afternoon. Happ will remain with the team and continue to throw, although he will not throw off the mound until they determine he is ready.
  • They do not think Happ needs further medical testing. He had a MRI last Friday.
  • Figueroa will pitch Saturday because the Phillies said he is their best option. Andrew Carpenter got bumped from tonight’s start with Triple-A Lehigh Valley, but the Phillies said that was precautionary. I’m guessing they held him out in case Jamie Moyer got knocked out early tonight and had to use Figueroa.
  • The Phillies do not need a fifth starter until May 4 against the Cardinals at Citizens Bank Park, which helps the Phillies while Happ and Joe Blanton are out.
  • Blanton could be back May 3, which means the Phillies would not need to call up a pitcher from Triple-A to take Happ’s spot. Blanton will make his second rehab start Friday with Double-A Reading. He could make his third and final rehab start next Wednesday.

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Placido Polanco is not in the lineup tonight, but he said he expects to play tomorrow night in Arizona.

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Phillies Claim Figueroa

The Phillies have claimed right-hander Nelson Figueroa off waivers, the team confirmed.

He is expected to join the Phillies, which means they would need to make a roster move upon his arrival. It is unclear when he will join the team, but he likely would be the team’s long man. Andrew Carpenter currently holds that role.

The Mets designated Figueroa for assignment over the weekend.

Figueroa went 3-8 with a 4.09 ERA in 16 games (10 starts) last season for the Mets. He had a 4.61 ERA in Spring Training.

Figueroa went 4-5 with a 3.94 ERA in 19 games (13 starts) for the 2001 Phillies. He originally joined the Phillies in the July 26, 2000, trade that sent Curt Schilling to the Diamondbacks for Travis Lee, Vicente Padilla and Omar Daal.

ESPNNewYork.com first reported the news.

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Blanton to DL Three to Six Weeks

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for blanton.jpgMore bad news for the Phillies’ pitching staff.

The Phillies announced this morning that right-hander Joe Blanton has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a mildly strained left oblique muscle.

He is expected to miss anywhere from three to six weeks. The best case scenario is Blanton rejoins the rotation sometime during the Phillies’ nine-game road trip April 20-28 through Atlanta, Arizona and San Francisco. In the meantime, Kyle Kendrick joins the rotation. Expect Andrew Carpenter to take Kendrick’s place in the bullpen.

Blanton, who has never been on the DL in his career until today, strained the muscle while throwing in the bullpen yesterday. He will not throw again until April 8 at the earliest.

“We’ll progress him as tolerated,” team physician Michael Ciccotti said.

J.A. Happ and Clay Condrey suffered similar injuries last season. Happ strained his right intercostal muscle and missed two starts in September. Condrey landed on the DL with a strained left oblique June 19. He got reinstated July 17, but landed back on the DL on July 23 and didn’t return again until Sept. 15.

Ciccotti said Blanton’s injury is milder than Condrey’s.

“His was move severe,” Ciccotti said.

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This is a blow to the rotation, but it’s also a blow to the bullpen. The Phillies already were thin with just Ryan Madson, Danys Baez, Chad Durbin, Jose Contreras, David Herndon and Antonio Bastardo. Kendrick could have pitched himself into a pretty solid role with Brad Lidge and J.C. Romero on the DL. But without him they have one less option.

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More about the Phillies’ lack of pitching depth.

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Kendrick will start Wednesday against the Nationals.

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Romero and Durbin on DL

The Phillies placed left-hander J.C. Romero and right-hander Chad Durbin on the 15-day disabled list today.

Romero has a strained left forearm and Durbin has a strained right latissimus. Romero has been bothered with the forearm injury since last week in Florida. Durbin has been bothered with his back injury for about a month, although he notified the Phillies about it today for the first time.

Right-hander Tyler Walker had his contract selected from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Right-hander Andrew Carpenter also has been recalled.

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Lopez Shines


lopez 0703.jpgRodrigo Lopez
said he felt a whole bunch of butterflies as he stepped onto the mound tonight at Citizens Bank Park.

He had not pitched in the Majors since July 26, 2007.

It hardly looked like it. He allowed six hits, two runs and one walk and struck out four in six innings in a much-needed 7-2 victory over the Mets. Lopez would have pitched next week for the Phillies pretty much regardless of how he pitched tonight, but he solidified himself a few more starts with a solid effort.

Lopez spent nearly two years recovering from Tommy John surgery to get to this point. But this moment almost never came. He spoke tonight about how he almost bailed on his big-league aspirations last month.

Lopez signed a minor-league deal with the Phillies at the end of Spring Training. He had an out clause in his contract that allowed him to become a free agent if he was not on the big-league roster by June 15.

He gave up six hits and five runs in five innings for Triple-A Lehigh Valley in a loss June 13, which dropped him to 2-4 with a 5.19 ERA.

“I was very upset about it,” Lopez said. “So I talked to (Lehigh Valley pitching coach Rod Nichols). I asked for his advice. I told him, ‘What do you think about me going to Mexico to try to get my confidence back?’ He told me, ‘The challenge is here. You can go to Mexico, but the challenge is here.’ Those were words that I’ll always remember.”

Lopez stuck with it. He went 3-0 with a 1.71 ERA in his next three starts for the IronPigs. And once left-hander Antonio Bastardo injured his shoulder, the Phillies chose Lopez over Carlos Carrasco, Andrew Carpenter and Kyle Kendrick to take his place.

Good call.

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Jimmy Rollins went 2 for 5 with two doubles, two RBIs, a run scored and one Marco Scutaro.

Scutaro infamously took second base on a walk a couple weeks ago at Citizens Bank Park when the Phillies fell asleep and nobody covered second base. Rollins pulled a similar move in the third inning when he took second after he hit a ball to center field. Nobody covered second and Rollins took advantage.

“Everybody parted the sea and there’s like this golden case sitting right in front of you,” Rollins said. “I hit the ball up the middle and I saw (Ryan) Church and he was looking to throw the ball to somebody. I never stopped running. I took three hard steps around first and I saw somebody in the middle and I said, ‘He’s not beating me to the bag,’ and I kept going. Those things happen.”

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Tonight’s victory snapped a six-game losing streak at home. … Rollins broke out “Billie Jean” and “Smooth Criminal” as his intro music tonight. Nice touch.

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