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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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Phillies Make Some Minor Cuts

The Phillies released 12 minor leaguers today: LHP Spencer Arroyo, RHP Freddy Ballestas, RHP Ryan Bergh, RHP Joe Bisenius, LHP Sean Grieve, RHP Rick Guttormson, INF Jeremy Hamilton, RHP Jordan Meaker, OF Gus Milner, OF Arlon Quiroz, RHP Todd Van Steensel and OF Brad Wilkerson.

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Your Daily Cole Hamels Update

Cole Hamels said he feels fine a day after throwing a bullpen session, his first since he received an injection into his left elbow Tuesday in Philadelphia.

Hamels remains on target to start in a Minor League game Tuesday, but it seems unlikely he will be ready to pitching Opening Night on April 5.

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The Phillies today optioned righthander Joe Bisenius to Minor League camp.

Phillies vs. Pirates – Grapefruit League opener

mckechnie field.jpgThere’s baseball in Bradenton, and I must say there is a good collection of Phillies fans here.

I’m eager to see what kind of crowd is at Bright House Field tomorrow.

Here are a couple pregame notes from McKechnie Field:

- John Daly joined the Phillies yesterday during their annual golf outing.

- Pedro Feliz said in Clearwater that he feels good, but isn’t sure when he will start swinging a bat.

- Ruben Amaro Jr. said it’s “not out of the realm of possibility” the Phillies could keep three catchers on their 25-man roster as they try to figure out how badly they need another righthanded bat for their bench. Amaro wouldn’t say the possibilities for Nomar Garciaparra are dead, but he said “if I were to handicap this thing I would say less than 50 percent.” And lefthanded relievers like Joe Beimel and Will Ohman? “Still open,” Amaro said. “But nothing has changed there.” Amaro said a few days ago those relievers would have to accept a very modest salary (i.e. less than $1 million) to join the Phillies.

- Raul Ibanez knocked in Jimmy Rollins from second base with a single to left-center field with two outs in the third inning to give the Phillies a 1-0 lead.

- Jamie Moyer threw two scoreless innings. He allowed one hit and two walks, and struck out one. Joe Blanton has started the bottom of the third.

- What did I miss? The clubhouse is open during spring training games, which means I was in the clubhouse talking with Moyer when the Pirates scored four runs in the fourth inning and three runs in the fifth inning. Joe Bisenius allowed four runs and Scott Nestor allowed three runs each in an inning.

- John Mayberry knocked in a run with a single to left in the ninth.

- Phillies lose, 8-2. Jeremy Slayden went 2 for 2. Dave Borkowski, Jake Woods and Mike Koplove each threw a scoreless inning.

(Yes, I took that crummy picture from the press box.)

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