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Ruiz to DL, Expected to Miss 4-6 Weeks

Just another blow for the Phillies in a season full of misfortune.

They announced Saturday morning Carlos Ruiz, who is the team’s MVP if the season ended today, has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with plantar fasciitis in his left foot.

A MRI revealed a partial tear in the foot. He is expected to miss four to six weeks.

The Phillies recalled Hector Luna to take Ruiz’s spot on the roster. Brian Schneider and Erik Kratz will handle the team’s catching duties into September.

Ruiz was having the best season of his career. He was hitting .335 with 28 doubles, 14 home runs, 58 RBIs, a .399 on-base percentage, a .559 slugging percentage and a .959 OPS. He already set career-highs in home runs and RBIs. He ranked fourth in the National League in batting average, sixth in on-base percentage, sixth in slugging percentage and sixth in OPS.

Unfortunately for Ruiz, he will not finish the season with enough plate appearances to qualify among the league leaders in those categories.

Ruiz will be reevaluated in two weeks. The foot has been bothering him for at least a couple weeks, but he thought he could manage it.

Halladay, Lee, Hamels Shine in Cy Young Voting

Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels finished in the top five in NL Cy Young voting.

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The Phillies are bringing back Brian Schneider for another season as their backup catcher. They announced this afternoon they had signed him to a one-year, $800,000 contract. The contract has $200,000 worth of incentives.


The Phillies have hired former closer Tom Gordon as a part-time scout in Florida. … Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin is no longer a candidate for the managerial jobs with the Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs. The Cubs hired Dale Sveum, while the Red Sox are looking elsewhere. … Triple-A manager Ryne Sandberg did not get the St. Louis Cardinals’ managerial vacancy, which means he will be back with the organization next season. … Friday is the deadline for the Phillies to protect Minor League players by placing them on the 40-man roster. … The Phillies have hired Minor League conditioning coordinator Shawn Fcasni as their assistant athletic trainer. He replaces Mark Andersen, who resigned after the season.


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The Market Is Open

This isn’t big news, but 148 players became free agents this morning. Free agents are eligible to sign with any team beginning at 12:01 a.m.  Thursday.

The Phillies have seven free agents:

  • Ross Gload
  • Raul Ibanez
  • Brad Lidge
  • Ryan Madson
  • Roy Oswalt
  • Jimmy Rollins
  • Brian Schneider

More on Rollins’ Game Winner

From Elias Sports Bureau:

Jimmy Rollins‘ two-run single in the top of the ninth inning last night gave the Phillies a 5-3 victory over Florida. It was the second time Rollins had a game-wining RBI against the Marlins in the ninth inning or later. The first came in Sept. 2004, when he hit a 10th-inning homer off Armando Benitez in Florida.


Brian Schneider strained his left hamstring last night. He said he can’t see himself playing by Friday, which probably means he is headed to the disabled list. If everything goes well for Carlos Ruiz tonight in Class A Clearwater, the Phillies could swap Schneider for Ruiz on the DL.


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Pitching Schedule: March 19-25

Here is the Phillies’ pitching schedule March 19-25:

  • March 19 @ Orioles: Cole Hamels, David Herndon, Scott Mathieson and Michael Stutes.
  • March 20 vs. Yankees: Joe Blanton, Jose Contreras, Antonio Bastardo and Danys Baez.
  • March 21 vs. Red Sox: Roy Halladay, J.C. Romero, Ryan Madson, Herndon and Mathieson.
  • March 22 @ Blue Jays: Cliff Lee, Vance Worley, Kyle Kendrick, Contreras, Baez, Bastardo and Stutes.
  • March 23 @ Rays: Roy Oswalt, Romero, Madson, Mathieson and Herndon.
  • March 24 vs. Twins: Hamels, Bastardo, Baez and Contreras.
  • March 25 vs. Braves: Blanton, Madson and Romero.


Brad Lidge, who is out with right biceps tendinitis, said he feels better, although he is not sure if he is throwing a bullpen session today or tomorrow. … Placido Polanco, who hyperextended his left elbow Tuesday, is not in today’s lineup against the Blue Jays. … Brian Schneider is away from the team for personal reasons.


Area Man Helps Local Nine Win Big, Closer Struggles

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Needed that one.

Brian Schneider hits a game-winning solo homer to right field in the 12th inning last night to beat the Reds, 4-3. The Phillies hope they can finish the weekend strong, lick their wounds over the All-Star break and come back ready for their annual second-half push.

But red lights are flashing again in the ninth inning. Brad Lidge blew another save. He is 1-0 with an 11.57 ERA and one save in four opportunities in his last five appearances. The Phillies got to the World Series last season with Lidge struggling. It is hard to imagine they go back with him struggling like that again. The odds are just against it.

The Phillies are looking for pitching help, more than infield help because they except their big boppers to start hitting and because they expect Placido Polanco to be back soon. Say the Phillies can only improve one area. Do they go for the rotation or bullpen? I might go bullpen. Roy Halladay and Cole Hamels have been solid atop the rotation. Jamie Moyer, except for a few starts, has been solid. I’ve got to think Joe Blanton will turn things around. J.A. Happ and Kyle Kendrick can be a fifth starter. (Plus, Pedro Martinez is still out there.) But the Phillies don’t want to go through the same dance as last season, not knowing if they can rely on Lidge in the ninth inning. It would be nice to have a backup plan. Ryan Madson hasn’t handled that role well. Danys Baez was supposed to be an option, but Charlie Manuel has made him a mop up man lately.



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Headed Home

phils 0428 2010.jpgThe Phillies are headed home and so am I.

I figured out that I have spent 62 of the past 73 nights on the road, including my redeye tonight to Philly. I’m not complaining. Not at all. I just thought that was a crazy number. I kind of feel like George Clooney in Up in the Air, but instead of getting rock star treatment from my airline I’m sitting in a middle seat in the 22nd row. Thankfully, I’ve got an airport approved sleeping aid to get me through the night.

But you’re here for the Phillies, so let’s talk Phillies. The Phillies arguably salvaged their nine-game road trip through Atlanta, Arizona and San Francisco with a crazy 7-6 victory in 11 innings today over the Giants at AT&T Park. (AT&T Park is one of my five favorite ballparks, by the way. I highly recommend a trip for every Phillies fan.) The Phillies went 4-5 on the trip, which certainly is not good, but considering the Phillies’ offense has been ridiculously frigid and they’re missing two starting pitchers, their closer and their shortstop, maybe it could have been worse.

Cole Hamels continues to puzzle. He allowed one run through five innings as he battled Tim Lincecum, but after he loaded the bases with one out in the sixth and struck out Lincecum for the second out, he walked Andres Torres to score the first run in a three-run rally to give the Giants a 4-1 lead.

Charlie Manuel and Brian Schneider both offered unsolicited opinions that they thought Hamels threw well, despite the fact that Hamels’ line showed he allowed nine hits and four runs in six innings to give him a 5.28 ERA after five starts. But you know what? I thought he threw well at times, too. His stuff is there. He struck out 10 batters. His 3.6 strikeout/walk ratio ranks 22nd out of 125 pitchers in baseball with 20 or more innings. He just hasn’t been able to finish. I think it will come. I really do. And if I’m wrong, I’m wrong. But I think Hamels will get on a run at some point.

“It’s pitching deeper,” Hamels said. “I’m not going to take anything negative from the way I attacked the strike zone because I felt like I did that really well. I was able to really go after them. I felt like I was able to do what I wanted to do. Unfortunately, the line doesn’t look good, but after this game I feel really pleased with what I was able to accomplish, and I look forward to my next start.”


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Check out notes from today’s game. … Joe Blanton said he is ready to rejoin the rotation.

Halladay Looks Good Again

The two busses that carried the Phillies from Bright House Field in Clearwater to Champion Stadium in Lake Buena Vista left at 1:30 p.m. today.

Roy Halladay was not on board. He could not wait for the busses to make the 90-minute trek. He wanted to get to the ballpark earlier, so he drove himself and arrived at 2:15 p.m. instead.

“I just can’t sit at home on days I pitch,” he said during a 7-4 victory over the Braves. “I get fidgety. My wife can’t stand me, so she kicks me out. I try to get here a little earlier just to meander for awhile.”

Halladay, who will spend that time during the season studying a game plan, allowed three hits and struck out five in three scoreless innings against Atlanta. In two Grapefruit League starts, Halladay has allowed five hits and struck out eight in five scoreless innings. Halladay struck out the side in the first inning, including a nice curveball to get Brian McCann to end the inning. He retired the side in order in the third, striking out Nate McLouth and Martin Prado each for the second time.

“I felt like it got better,” Halladay said. “The last inning I felt like the command was better.”

Halladay threw 51 pitches, 33 for strikes. He allowed singles to Chipper Jones and Troy Glaus in the first inning, which left him unsatisfied. Yes, Halladay didn’t think he threw particularly well the first two innings – and he still looked good, catcher Brian Schneider remarked.

Braves manager Bobby Cox marveled at the two front-door cutters that got Prado.

“He can do it with every pitch,” Cox said. “There’s a guy that can throw 96 (mph) if he wants to. But he throws 89-91 and knows right where it’s going.”


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Phillies Sign Gload

gload.jpgThe Phillies have found the last player for their bench.

Word spread late tonight at the Winter Meetings in Indianapolis that the Phillies had signed free agent outfielder Ross Gload. A baseball source said it was a two-year contract.

Gload, who hits left-handed, hit .261 with six home runs and 30 RBIs in 230 at-bats last season with the Florida Marlins. He has hit .283 with a .328 on-base percentage and a .408 slugging percentage in an eight-year career with the Cubs, Rockies, White Sox, Royals and Marlins.

Gload joins a Phillies bench that includes outfielder Ben Francisco, catcher Brian Schneider and infielders Greg Dobbs and Juan Castro.


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Amaro Talks About Pitching, Third Base, Smoltz and More

smoltz.jpgThe Phillies locked up catcher Brian Schneider today, and are expected to lock up infielder Juan Castro on Thursday.

Next up for the Phillies?

Pitching and third base. Reporters had a chance to talk with Ruben Amaro Jr. about those things and more for a few minutes this afternoon at the Bank. Here is a taste of what he said:

On finding starting pitching help: “I would like to try to add some depth there, if we could. Kendrick could be one of those options. Obviously we line up with Lee, Hamels, Blanton, Happ and Moyer and possibly Kendrick. We’d like to add some more depth if we could, but pitchers aren’t falling out of trees and I don’t have an unlimited budget so I have to try to work on the other priorities and that’s third base and the bullpen and maybe add some depth (to the rotation) with perhaps a sixth-year free agent … or take a flier or somebody who might give us some upside who may not be on anybody’s radar screen. Try to shoot for a low-risk, high-reward type of a guy. There’s a lot of pitching out there. The quality of it, you just never know.”

On interest in John Smoltz, first reported by “I guess he’d fit the bill (of low risk, high reward). We’ve talked to several agents about a bunch of different guys. But we don’t talk about specific guys unless we’re signing them. But he would kind of fit the ball, certainly. I’m not sure if that’s a role he wants to play, but we’ve had some discussions with some of those guys who could give us some more pitching depth.”

On where they stand with Chan Ho Park and Scott Eyre: “It is probably likely that we will not offer (salary arbitration) on either guy. I just think, number one, I don’t know that we want to put ourselves in a position to be tied up money-wise in either player. I think we want to be able to keep our flexibility as far as who we’ll make a run at. And that will financially tie us up, frankly. That doesn’t mean we don’t want to bring them back. We can still sign them back.”

On progress at third base: “I’m optimistic that we can get something done. How quickly kind of depends on the pace of the agent.”

On if they would sign a Type A free agent who is offered salary arbitration (if they did, the Phillies would forfeit their first-round pick in 2010): “It doesn’t necessarily preclude us from moving forward on a guy. We’re going to be picking late again, and I guess the thought is, depending on the quality of the guy and how he impacts our club now and in the future, that’ll impact the decision we make to move forward on it. It obviously has an impact because our goal is to try to develop young players. And losing draft picks doesn’t help, but if you’re signing a Raul Ibanez or a higher level guy sometimes it’s worth making the move.”

Amaro also said left-hander Jamie Moyer is out of the hospital and back in Florida. But he also said Moyer is expected to have surgery on his left knee operation next month. Amaro said it could impact his start of Spring Training, but not the start of the season.

“It’s not a long recovery.”


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