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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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Ransom Up, Bocock Out

The Phillies selected infielder Cody Ransom‘s contract today. They designated infielder Brian Bocock for assignment.

The Phillies hope Ransom is here before the game.

It’s funny, but when news first broke about Chase Utley and Placido Polanco, the thing fans seemed most concerned about — nevermind Utley and Polanco were lost for weeks — was why Bocock got called up instead of Ransom. The explanation: Ransom had been bothered by a balky knee, which forced him to DH a few games. The day the Phillies called up Bocock, Ransom had been scheduled to see a doctor. The Phillies were not going to call up Ransom not knowing if he was healthy.

He is healthy, so now he’s up.


Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins, Jayson Werth, Raul Ibanez and Shane Victorino are 5-for-35 this week against the Pirates. Wilson Valdez, Dane Sardinha and Greg Dobbs are 7-for-20.

I know everybody want to see the Phillies make a move to fill the hole left by Utley and Polanco, but the big guys need to pick it up. Daniel McCutchen was 0-3 with an 11.00 ERA before he beat the Phillies on Thursday. Ross Ohlendorf had gone 16 consecutive starts without a win until Friday.


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Utley, Polanco to the DL

utley and polanco.jpgIt could be weeks. It could be months.

The Phillies said they do not know how much time Chase Utley and Placido Polanco will miss because of a sprained right thumb and an injured left elbow, respectively. They just know they are on the 15-day disabled list and will be sorely missed, the latest casualties on a team that has seven players on the DL.

The Phillies called up Greg Dobbs and Brian Bocock to take their places on the 25-man roster, but losing Utley and Polanco clearly leaves a major hole in the lineup. Utley had hit .367 with one home run and 11 RBIs in his last 13 games. He is arguably the best second baseman in baseball. Polanco had hit .318 with five homers and 27 RBIs for the season.

“We’re a good team,” said Jayson Werth, asked how the Phillies can survive. “We have faith in each other. We’ve been here before. We’re resilient. We lost Jimmy (Rollins) in ’08. We lost Chase in ’07. We lost J-Roll this year. We’re still where we’re at. We play the (National League) East a lot in September.”

Utley sprained the ulnar collateral ligament of his right thumb in last night’s 7-3 loss to the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park. Utley had a MRI this morning in Cincinnati, but returned to Philadelphia in the afternoon for further testing tomorrow. The Phillies said once they know the severity of the sprain, they will know how to treat it. It could require surgery, although Phillies head athletic trainer Scott Sheridan said that would not necessarily mean a longer stint on the DL.

“Look back at Chase’s fracture of his hand,” said Sheridan, referring to the broken hand that kept Utley out for a month in 2007. “We decided to pin that. If we didn’t pin it, it could have been four weeks. When we did pin it, it was four weeks. Again, we’ve got to get better information. That’s the biggest question going forward: how do you treat it?”

Sheridan said there remain some questions on the grading of the sprain – a Grade 1 is the least severe, a Grade 3 is the most severe – and until they know the grading they cannot recommend a treatment for it.

Polanco has been bothered with inflammation in his left elbow since a pitch hit him there April 21. He received cortisone injections May 31 and Sunday, but the latest shot did not take like they had hoped. The Phillies and Polanco said they thought he could be back in the lineup today, but that changed late last night.

“We weren’t satisfied with the way he responded to the treatment,” Sheridan said.


Rollins Likely to Be Activated Today

Jimmy Rollins could return to the Phillies lineup tonight.

I assume he will be activated before tonight’s series opener against the Indians. Whose place does he take on the 25-man roster? There are a few options:

1. Carlos Ruiz or Dane Sardinha. If testing hasn’t gone well for Ruiz, who got hit in the head with a bat Friday, they could place him on the DL. If Ruiz is healthy and ready to return to the field, Sardinha could go.
2. Wilson Valdez or Juan Castro. The reason is obvious here. Valdez took Rollins’ place on the roster — twice. He could be odd man out again. But Charlie Manuel clearly favors Valdez over Castro. They always could release Castro, but that seems pretty risky to me considering Rollins has been able to stay healthy for just 12 games this season. If they lose Valdez or Castro and Rollins got hurt a third time, they would be looking at bringing up Brian Bocock or Freddy Galvis. Not exactly ideal for a team trying to return to the World Series.
3. Somebody else. They’ve surprised me before.


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Rollins Back to the DL

Jimmy Rollins is back on the disabled list, but the Phillies said he could be back in 15 days.

Rollins strained his right calf during last night’s victory over the Red Sox at Citizens Bank Park. It is the second time this season Rollins has been on the DL because of a strained right calf, but Ruben Amaro Jr. said before tonight’s game that the latest strain is not as severe as the first.

“It’s a Grade 1 strain, much, much milder than his last one,” Amaro said. “But we didn’t want to mess around with it, so we decide we’ve got to get it taken care of. I think this is a two-week thing. I wouldn’t see this going much more than the DL stint. In fact, it might not take that long, but we can’t afford to put ourselves in a position where it turns into something serious and we can’t leave the team short [a player on the bench].”

The Phillies called up infielder Wilson Valdez to take Rollins’ place on the 25-man roster. Valdez just cleared waivers after the Phillies designated him for assignment Monday, when they activated Rollins from his first DL stint. The Phillies were fortunate Valdez cleared waivers. If he had been claimed by another team, Triple-A Lehigh Valley shortstop Brian Bocock and Double-A Reading shortstop Freddy Galvis would have been candidates to take Rollins’ place.

But will Rollins’ injury hinder him throughout the season? Greg Dobbs and Shane Victorino know it can linger.

Dobbs played through a strained calf through 2009, and said it only felt completely healthy until the offseason. He still wears a protective sleeve over the calf, which he said helps prevent another injury. Victorino spent July 31-Aug. 21, 2007, on the DL with a strained right calf. He strained the calf again Aug. 24, in just his third game back. He returned to action in the second game of a doubleheader Aug. 27 and played in 22 games (six starts) the rest of the regular season. Victorino also said he never felt completely healthy until the offseason.

“It [stinks],” Victorino said. “Hopefully [Rollins] gets better, but it can linger.”


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Rollins Gets MRI, Status TBD Wednesday

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Ruben Amaro Jr. issued a statement tonight regarding Jimmy Rollins‘ strained right calf:

“Jimmy had an MRI at 2:00 this afternoon. We are reviewing the results of the MRI and will decide on Jimmy’s status sometime tomorrow when we have the opportunity to meet as a group.”

I still think he ends up on the DL.

If that happens, they have a couple options to replace him. Brian Bocock is the only infielder on the 40-man roster, which currently sits at 39 players. He has played primarily shortstop in his career. Wilson Valdez is a strong possibility. He also has played shortstop the majority of his career. But Valdez is out of options, and the Phillies would risk losing him because they would have to designate him for assignment and he would have to clear waivers before they could return him to Triple A.

There are tradeoffs with the two. Bocock has hit .143 in 77 big-league at-bats and .228 in five seasons in the minors, but they can shuttle Bocock back and forth throughout the season. Valdez has hit .284 in 12 seasons in the minors and .222 in four seasons in the Majors, but they could lose him if they bring him up. If they think Rollins will miss just 15 days, maybe they go with Bocock because they hardly use their utility infielder anyway. (Castro had not played this season until Rollins got hurt.)

Cody Ransom has played a lot of shortstop, but I think he is considered more of an offensive player than a defensive player, and I think the Phillies would rather take a glove than a bat to take Juan Castro‘s spot on the bench.


Rollins did not address the media yesterday, but he issued a statement last night through Red Bull regarding the postponement of today’s attempt to set the Guiness World Record for longest batted ball on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway:

“I am deeply sorry for having to postpone tomorrow’s Ball Park Cranks due to the calf injury I sustained prior to today’s game. I am confident we will be able reschedule this amazing event and break some records.”


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March 4 – Phillies 3, Yankees 2

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Roy Halladay looked like Roy Halladay in today’s 3-2 victory over the Yankees at Bright House Field.

He threw 24 pitches, 21 for strikes. He allowed no hits, no walks and no runs and struck out three in two innings. He looked good. Here is what Yankees ace CC Sabathia had to say about it:

“I think it will be a pretty easy transition for him,” Sabathia said. “He’ll like facing the 7-8-9 guys in the National League. The type of pitcher he is, I expect him to go out and be even better than he was with the Blue Jays.”

But are the Phillies better with Halladay instead of Cliff Lee?

“It’s kind of a wash, I feel like,” he said. “If they would have kept the two of them, they’re definitely the team to beat. If Cliff was over here, he’d say the same thing. They’re still a good team and the team to beat in the National League. I don’t think they’ve really lost anything.”


It’s the first spring without Harry Kalas. … Kyle Kendrick and Placido Polanco make their Grapefruit League debuts. … ranked baseball’s GMs.


Sergio Escalona blew a 1-0 run lead in the ninth, allowing four hits and two runs to hand the Yankees a 2-1 lead. But Brian Bocock singled and pinch-runner Quintin Berry scored on Paul Hoover‘s double in the botto of the ninth to tie the game. Hoover advanced to third on the throw home. Pinch-runner Dewayne Wise scored the winning run when Wilson Valdez singled off Yankees pitcher Wilkins Arias.


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