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A Weary Pen

madson 0616.jpgThe Phillies needed Cole Hamels to pitch deep last night at Citizens Bank Park.

Sure, they did not play Monday, but the bullpen had thrown 27 1/3 innings in the previous five games — thanks to three extra-inning games and a rain delay Saturday that knocked Antonio Bastardo out after the first inning. That is a sick amount of innings. And while some relief pitchers say they would rather pitch than sit and stiffen up, in the long term the bullpen needs a break.

But the Blue Jays made Hamels work. He threw 110 pitches in six innings, which meant the bullpen had to protect the 3-2 lead.

It couldn’t. It walked eight batters in four innings (one was intentional) in an 8-3 loss in 10 innings.

Chad Durbin walked one batter in the seventh. J.C. Romero walked the bases loaded in a scoreless eighth. Ryan Madson blew his first save since he replaced injured closer Brad Lidge. He walked two in the ninth, including walking in the tying run. Clay Condrey walked two in the 10th when the Jays scored five runs to take the lead.

The bullpen has not thrown fewer than 3 1/3 innings in a game since June 9 in New York when they threw 2 2/3 innings.

They have not thrown fewer than 2 2/3 innings since June 5 in San Diego.

That is a remarkable 43 2/3 innings in the previous nine games, or nearly five innings per game.

Tired pen?

“It’s hard to say,” Charlie Manuel said. “You walk a lot of guys that is a sign they might be a little tired. But that’s baseball. That’s no excuse. If we’re tried then we’ll get rest and come back and get ‘em. That’s all. That’s all I’ve got to say about that.”

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The book includes nearly 100 first-person stories about Kalas, including stories from Chase Utley, Shane Victorino, Pat Burrell and Larry Bowa.

I know Radano and Roberts well, and I know they were talking to a bunch of people, so there should be some good stories in there.

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A Bunch of Tired Arms

durbin.jpgI think the Phillies are owed about a 2 hour, 30 minute game Sunday.

They also wouldn’t mind J.A. Happ pitching about, oh, nine innings in the series finale against the Red Sox. Antonio Bastardo lasted just one inning tonight (make that last night) in an 11-6 loss because of a 1 hour, 35 minute rain delay. That meant another long day for the Phillies bullpen.

The bullpen already threw 16 innings Wednesday through Friday as the Phillies played three consecutive extra innings games for the first time since June 4-6, 2000. They threw another eight innings tonight.

That is 24 innings for the bullpen in the last four games.

That is a ridiculous amount of work. So much so that I would expect the Phillies to make another roster move before tomorrow’s game.

The bullpen has pitched well this season, but they certainly need a break. (They at least have a day off Monday.) They entered last night ranked fifth in the National League with a 3.48 ERA. But they also ranked fifth in the league with 201 2/3 innings pitched.

The Phillies played just 58 games to get those 201 2/3 innings. The teams ranked ahead of them had played more games: the Marlins (219 2/3 innings in 63 games), Dodgers (211 1/3 innings in 61 innings), Astros (208 2/3 innings in 59 games) and Padres (204 2/3 innings in 59 games).

Three Phillies relievers also ranked in the top 10 in the league in innings pitched:

- Right-hander Clay Condrey, who is 4-1 with a 2.14 ERA, ranked sixth at 32 2/3 innings. He pitched a scoreless eighth inning last night, despite the fact Charlie Manuel said he wanted to stay away from him because he recently has had an issue with his back. Condrey told me after the game “it’s just a tick” and nothing to be alarmed about. (Manuel also said right-hander Chan Ho Park is tender, which explains why he did not pitch.)

- Right-hander Chad Durbin ranked seventh at 32 innings. He threw three scoreless innings, allowing just one hit, taking over for Bastardo in the second. Durbin lowered his ERA from 4.22 to 3.86. He deserved a medal last night. He got a sore arm instead.

- Right-hander Ryan Madson, who is the closer while Brad Lidge is on the disabled list, ranks tied for eighth at 31 1/3 innings. He did not pitch. They’re hoping they need him tomorrow.

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NLCS Rematch Anybody?


vicotirno 0607.jpgChad Durbin
allowed the game-winning home run to Dodgers rightfielder Andre Ethier in the 12th inning Saturday to make the first three games of a four-game series between the Phillies and Dodgers at Dodger Stadium pretty memorable.

“About what I expected,” Durbin said afterward.

How so?

Two good teams playing close, well-played games, he said.

Cole Hamels shutout the Dodgers on Thursday, Brad Lidge blew saves Friday and Saturday and the Phillies got good pitching and timely hitting in a 7-2 victory Sunday. The Dodgers and Phillies went their separate ways with the two best records in baseball, and there is no reason to think these teams cannot meet again this October in a rematch of the 2008 National League Championship Series:

  • The Phillies and Dodgers have the two best offenses in the National League with the Phillies averaging a league-best 5.5 runs per game and the Dodgers averaging 5.2 runs per game. Of course, the Dodgers have been without Manny Ramirez for a significant stretch, but you have to believe these teams will continue to score runs the remainder of the season.
  • The Dodgers have a 3.63 ERA, which is the best in the league. The Phillies have a 4.63 ERA, which ranks 15th. But the Phillies have a 3.62 ERA in their 23 games, which shows signs they are capable of pitching like they pitched last season.
  • The Phillies have a .991 fielding percentage, which leads the league. The Dodgers have a .989 fielding percentage, which ranks second. (I know there are other ways to rate a team’s defense, but it’s 2:25 a.m. Eastern and I have a flight to catch in a couple hours, so give me a pass.) The point I’m trying to make is these two teams are pretty good defensively, too.

“You never know what happens once you get to the playoffs,” Lidge said. “It seems if everything happens the way it has happened it could be the matchup. You never know who it’s going to be because somebody is going to get really hot going into the playoffs, and at that time you’re going to have to fight them off. Yeah, you’d hope the season progresses the way it does and we can meet these guys in the NLCS.”

“They are pretty darn good,” Dodgers manager Joe Torre said. “We held our own with them. “We beat them on their field and we split here. I think that was important for us to beat them on their field and that was based on the fact that they swept us four games last year, plus the two in the playoffs. If we do meet them in the postseason, I think that is something that we do not have to concern ourselves with.”

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Ibanez Is Second in NL All-Star Voting


ibanez 09.jpgWho knew Philadelphians could stuff a ballot box?

You were upset that Raul Ibanez, who is second in the National League in home runs and RBIs, ranked sixth amongst NL outfielders in All-Star voting last week. So what did you do? You hit the Internet and punched holes in ballots at the ballpark. It worked. MLB just released its latest voting update and Ibanez ranks second amongst NL outfielders with 817,849 votes.

Chase Utley still leads NL second basemen.

But in a sign fans just aren’t stuffing ballots for Ibanez and Utley, Jimmy Rollins ranks second amongst shortstops, Ryan Howard ranks third amongst first basemen and Pedro Feliz, who quietly is having a fine season, ranks fifth amongst third basemen. Those three players also moved up since last week.

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Ryan Howard has been named co-NL Player of the Week with Adrian Gonzalez.

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To anybody who uses Twitter: the only Phillies who have Twitter accounts are Chad Durbin, Jamie Moyer‘s Moyer Foundation and the Phillies. That’s it. That means no other players, coaches, managers or broadcasters.

So, no, Utley does not Twitter. I’m only pointing that out because Utley apparently is doing a Twitterview today with golfer John Raser. Except the real Utley knows nothing about it. I figured this out when a) it mentioned Utley’s bogus Twitter account and b) when it said Utley is going to be discussing “marketing, branding, the power of social media and obviously some baseball talk. I will be picking Chase’s brain about the benefits and even goals athletes may have by embracing their fans and the world through social media.” If you’ve ever interviewed Utley, you know it’s like pulling teeth. I couldn’t imagine Utley talking about “marketing, branding and the power of social media,” much less via Twitter.

Yo, Raser, you might be Twitterviewing somebody today, but it won’t be Utley.

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The Phillies promoted RHP Kyle Drabek from Single-A Clearwater to Double-A Reading.

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Phillies vs. Braves – 3/11

bright house 0311.jpgCarlos Ruiz and Matt Stairs are back from the World Baseball Classic.

Pedro Feliz, Brad Lidge and Chad Durbin are scheduled to play at noon today in a scrimmage across the street at DiMaggio Field.

Here’s today lineup for the game against the Braves at Bright House Field:

1. Jason Donald, 3B
2. Eric Bruntlett, SS
3. Raul Ibanez, LF
4. Ryan Howard, 1B
5. Jayson Werth, CF
6. John Mayberry Jr., RF
7. Marcus Giles, 2B
8. Carlos Ruiz, C
9. Kyle Kendrick, P

Kendrick is putting him well behind J.A. Happ and Chan Ho Park for the fifth spot in the rotation. He allowed 10 hits and eight runs in three-plus innings, including two two-run home runs to Clint Sammons. Braves pitcher Jo-Jo Reyes followed Sammons, doubling in the second and singling in the fourth.

Not a good day for Kendrick.

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Here is the lineup for the scrimmage across the street, which begins at noon: 1. J.J. Furmaniak, 2B; 2. Chris Coste, C; 3. Pedro Feliz, 3B; 4. Andy Tracy, 1B; 5. Jorge Velandia, SS; 6. Richard Thompson, CF; 7. Chris Walker, LF; 8. Jason Ellison, RF; 9. Mike Cervenak, DH.

Feliz went 1 for 2 with a hit by pitch. Coste went 1 for 2 with a home run and a hit by pitch. Myers allowed two hits and struck out seven in five-plus innings. Park allowed two hits and one run in three innings. He allowed the shomer to Coste. He also allowed Feliz’s single up the middle. Durbin allowed two hits and one run in one inning. He struck out one. Lidge allowed one run in one inning. He allowed a homer to J.J. Furmaniak.

Feliz to Play Wednesday?

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said the Phillies will scrimmage at the Carpenter Complex on Wednesday afternoon, and a few players who have not been on the field should be there:

  • Pedro Feliz, who is recovering from lower back surgery.
  • Brad Lidge, who has had some tightness in his right forearm.
  • Chris Coste, who has had tightness in his right hamstring.
  • Chad Durbin, who had tightness in his right hamstring.

Amaro said Feliz has to pass one final test before he can play Wednesday: sliding. But he passes that test and plays Wednesday, obviously that is a sign that he is making progress toward being ready to play Opening Day.

Chase Utley is not expected to play Wednesday.

“Over the next few days, if things go well, hopefully we’ll get him into some games,” Amaro said of Utley.

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The Phillies reassigned the following players to minor-league camp: righthander Yorman Bazardo; infielders Ozzie Chavez, Anthony Hewitt and Terry Tiffee; and outfielders Jeremy Slayden and Chris Walker.

The Race Is On

kylekendrick.jpgPhillies pitching coach Rich Dubee said today that the battle for the fifth spot in the rotation has started.

Beginning … now.

That seems to be good news for Kyle Kendrick, who is competing for that job. He allowed four runs in 2 2/3 innings today in a 9-5 loss to Team USA at Bright House Field. Kendrick had retired seven of the first eight batters he faced when he found trouble in the third.

Dubee wasn’t happy with the way he handled that trouble.

After Shane Victorino hit a chopper over Ryan Howard‘s head for a one-out single, Kendrick threw to first on a pickoff attempt. The throw was low, the ball got away from Howard and Victorino scampered to second. Kendrick threw up his arms for a split second. Jimmy Rollins then hit a ball through the hole between first and second to put runners at the corners. Dustin Pedroia followed suit, knocking the ball through the hole between first and second. Kendrick threw up his arms again, which irritated Dubee.

“That’s not acceptable behavior,” Dubee said.

“Poor,” said Dubee, asked to rate the progress Kendrick is making regarding controlling his emotions. “Poor today. He made a good pitch to Pedroia at the time, and he inside-outed a fastball and hit a little chopper between first and second and he threw his arms up like, ‘Poor me,’ or whatever. That doesn’t show control of your emotions.

“He threw the ball OK. Victorino hits a chopper. Jimmy hits a ball in the hole. Pedroia hits a ball in the hole. It’s going to happen to a sinker ball guy.”

Dubee said he considered Kendrick to be the favorite for the fifth starter’s job entering spring training. Is he still the favorite?

“I haven’t been evaluating yet, but the race is on now,” he said. “I would have liked to have seen a little more improvement, but again, it’s early. … He still needs better body language. He still needs a better presence, I’d say. It looked a little frail at times. Again, that chopped base hit, that’s life to a sinker ball guy and has to understand that. When you’re throwing your arms like, ‘Why me?’ or whatever he’s throwing them up for, that’s showing the other team there that you’re scuffling. And you don’t ever want to let your guard down. You don’t want to show how you might be feeling poorly or whatever.”

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Chad Durbin (right hamstring) threw a bullpen session today. It went well. Brad Lidge (forearm tightness) threw a live BP today. It also went well. Dubee said both could appear in Grapefruit League games next week. …  Chase Utley could get into a Grapefruit League game in the middle of the month. … Pedro Feliz took live BP. If he comes out of that OK, it will be a big step for him. … Jayson Werth will play in a “B” game against the Toronto Blue Jays at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Bright House Field. … John Mayberry Jr. is playing center field against the Blue Jays at 7 p.m. tomorrow at Dunedin Stadium. He has never played center field before, but he said he is looking forward to it. … The Phillies “traded” Joe Bisenius and Scott Nestor to Team USA early in the game because they need a couple extra arms. Bisenius allowed three hits and a run in one inning. “It was kind of weird facing Lou (Marson), guys I played with last year,” he said. “It was a good time. It was a cool experience.”

Your Phillies Medical Report

Just a few injury updates for y’all:

Chase Utley (right hip) is taking grounders and BP, but isn’t sure when he’s going to get into a Grapefruit League game. “I’m getting closer,” he said. “But right now no news is good news.” I suppose that’s true. But it sounds like he’s still on schedule to be in the lineup Opening Day.

Pedro Feliz (lower back) is improving, but he said he isn’t sure when he’ll be getting into a game. The Phillies have said they’re “cautiously optimistic” Feliz will be in the lineup Opening Day.

Jayson Werth (right shoulder) said he plans to take BP tomorrow and get into a game Friday.

Chad Durbin (right hamstring) said he is scheduled to throw a bullpen session tomorrow. He could be in a game sometime next week.

Chris Coste (right hamstring) is taking things slowly. He had the same hamstring injury two springs ago. He tired to push it, injured himself further and opened the season on the 15-day disabled list. But as soon as he was activated he was optioned to triple-A Ottawa. He wants to take care of the problem now and have a good three weeks of spring training games to play.

Eaton Goes to the O's

Adam Eaton has signed a minor-league contract with the Baltimore Orioles.

If Eaton should make the big-league roster, the Orioles would have to pay only $400,000 of the $9.15 million he is owed. This is what you call a low-risk, high-reward move. If Eaton somehow resurrects his career, it’s a great move. If he continues to pitch terribly, it doesn’t cost the Orioles anything. The Orioles expressed interest in Eaton during the winter meetings, when the Phillies were trying to trade him. But the Orioles probably figured why take on any of Eaton’s contract (the Phillies were willing to eat all but $1 million) when they could get him for nothing in the spring?

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Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee said Brad Lidge has had some forearm tightness and general tightness, which is why he hasn’t pitched in a Grapefruit League game. Nobody is concerned.

“What’s a closer going to need?” Dubee said, regarding the spring training appearances Lidge will need to be ready for the April 5 season opener.

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Cole Hamels threw batting practice today in Clearwater. If he comes out of that OK, he will pitch Wednesday against Team Canada at Bright House Field. … Chad Durbin still has soreness in his right hamstring. It’s unclear when he will get into a game. “He’s coming along, but he’ll be a while, probably longer than maybe during the course of the season because we have plenty of time,” Dubee said. “There’s no reason to rush.” … Charlie Manuel said he has Jayson Werth in the lineup tomorrow against the Toronto Blue Jays. Werth, who has had some soreness behind his right shoulder, hasn’t played in the first five games.

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The Phillies have a “B” game at noon tomorrow against the Toronto Blue Jays at the Carpenter Complex. Jamie Moyer and Joe Blanton pitch there. Carlos Carrasco and J.A. Happ will pitch in the regular game against the Blue Jays in Dunedin.

Prom Night with the Phillies

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The Phillies put on tuxedos yesterday for a photo shoot for the cover of Phillies magazine. Here are a few candids Miles Kennedy took. The issue will be available in April.

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