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It doesn’t take a genius to know Charlie Manuel is worried about the offense.

The Phillies could have clinched the NL East last night, but failed to take advantage in a 4-2 loss to the Cardinals in 11 innings. Asked how frustrated he was about that, he said, “We didn’t do enough hitting tonight to get there.” That’s what we call reading between the lines. Manuel was asked how frustrated he was to have to wait another night, and he answered a question about the offense.

The Phillies have averaged 2.0 runs per game in their last eight games (Sept. 10-16), which ranks last in the National League. They’re hitting .205 (last) with a .261 on-base percentage (last) and a .324 slugging percentage (14th). This is not the best time to get into a team-wide slump, considering a lack of offense cost them in last year’s NLCS. But the Phillies have not had their projected everyday lineup together since Aug. 6 in San Francisco. And lately, they have been without Jimmy Rollins, who has missed time with a strained groin; Chase Utley, who missed time with a concussion; and Ryan Howard, who has not started four of the last 10 games because of bursitis in his left Achilles.

Maybe that has something to do with it. I’m sure Manuel hopes that’s the case.

The offense has been a tale of two halves:

  • April – June: 4.01 runs per game (eighth in the league), .244 average (10th), .318 OBP (seventh) and .374 slugging (11th).
  • July – Sept. 9: 5.41 runs per game (first), .269 average (second), .337 OBP (second) and .439 slugging (first).

Are they turning back the clock at the wrong time?

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Keep an eye on Justin De Fratus and Joe Savery, who were called up last night. The Phillies’ bullpen has been a little rocky lately, so maybe they could pitch themselves onto the postseason roster. Savery is especially interesting because of Antonio Bastardo‘s recent struggles. Bastardo is the only left-hander in the bullpen, so if he is scuffling the Phillies might have to consider Savery as a second option.

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Sad news: KYW’s Jack O’Rourke died last night after covering the Phillies game. A very, very nice man. He covered every spring training since I’ve been on the beat, which is how I will remember him — getting interviews from players in Clearwater and returning to one of the radio booths in the press box to send sound back to Philadephia. He always had a smile on his face and always greeted me the same way:

“What’s up, Jack?”

“Hi, Toddy.”

He was the only person to call me that. Thoughts and prayers with his family. He will be missed.

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Phillies Add Five Players to 40-Man Roster

galvis.jpgThe Phillies added five players to the 40-man roster, which protects them from the Rule 5 Draft:

  • Right-hander Justin De Fratus. De Fratus, an 11th-round selection in the 2007 draft, split the season between single-A Clearwater and double-A Reading. In a career-high 49 games, the 23-year-old went 3-0 with 21 saves and a 1.94 ERA. He held opposing hitters to a .208 average and struck out 71 batters in 65.0 innings. In the Arizona Fall League, De Fratus threw 7.0 scoreless innings for the Mesa Solar Sox with one save and 11 strikeouts, earning him a selection to the AFL Rising Stars Game.
  • Shortstop Freddy Galvis. Galvis, who just turned 21 last Sunday, spent this past season with Reading. He led all Eastern League shortstops with a .982 fielding percentage in 2010, committing just 11 errors in 624 total chances. In 138 games, the switch-hitting Galvis batted .233 with five home runs, 48 RBI and 16 stolen bases. He was originally signed by the Phillies as an amateur free agent in 2006.
  • Second baseman Harold Garcia. Garcia, a 24-year-old second baseman, split the season between Clearwater and Reading. In July, he broke a 59-year-old Florida State League record by hitting safely in 37 consecutive games. Signed as an amateur free agent in 2004, the Venezuelan native hit .305 this season with eight home runs, 64 RBI and 29 stolen bases in 101 combined games.

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De Fratus, Rizzotti and Other 40-Man Players

defratus.jpgIt’s no secret the Phillies are looking for bullpen help.

They’re looking at left-handers like Hisanori Takahashi, Pedro Feliciano, Brian Fuentes and Arthur Rhodes. They could bring back Chad Durbin, too.

But the Phillies also will need help from pitchers already in the organization, like Antonio Bastardo, Scott Mathieson, David Herndon and Mike Zagurski. Throw Justin De Fratus into the mix. The Phillies must place De Fratus on the 40-man roster by tommorrow’s midnight deadline to avoid exposing him to the Rule 5 Draft, and they will.

The Phillies have other players they must protect or risk losing them. The most notable include Joe Savery, Matt Rizzotti, D’Arby Myers, Freddy Galvis and Harold Garcia. Savery is being converted from a pitcher to a hitter, so he is unlikely to be protected. Rizzotti is a talented hitter, but his path to the big leagues is blocked by Ryan Howard. Myers is a fourth-round pick in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft who had a .678 OPS last season with Class A Clearwater. Galvis is a top shortstop, although he has struggled with the bat. Garcia is a top second base prospect.

De Fratus, an 11th-round pick in 2007, certainly is worth watching next year. He went a combined 3-0 with a 1.94 ERA in 49 appearances with Class A Clearwater and Double-A Reading and has struck out 11 in seven scoreless innings in the Arizona Fall League.

“He hasn’t had a chance to perform in front of Charlie (Manuel), Rich (Dubee) and the Major League staff,” assistant general manager Chuck LaMar said. “I think he’s going to open up some eyes. I think he’s going to get people’s attention in Spring Training with not only his physical ability, but how confidently he goes about his business. Whether he’s ready or not is yet to be seen. Only time will tell that, but I think he’ll at least be on the radar screen by the end of Spring Training.

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Savery Picks Up A Bat

Rick Ankiel resurrected his career when he stepped off the mound and grabbed a bat.

Joe Savery could do the same.

Phillies assistant general manager Chuck LaMar said yesterday that Savery will see some time this season as a hitter with Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He also said the Phillies are considering bringing him to the instructional league to hit.

Savery, the team’s first-round pick in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft, is 1-10 with a 5.09 ERA in 24 games (16 starts) with the IronPigs. He moved to the bullpen earlier this season, but returned to the rotation because of various injuries and roster moves.

Savery played college baseball at Rice, where he hit .360 with 18 doubles, four home runs and 54 RBIs in 64 games as a senior. He has hit .273 (6-for-22) with one double, one home run and two RBIs this season in limited at-bats with Lehigh Valley.

“We still think of him — and I still think he thinks of himself — as a potential Major League starter,” LaMar said. “He has struggled as a pitcher and he has shown some promise as a hitter. We knew he had the ability at home plate, but we wanted to let him pitch and let him get to the Triple-A level and see where pitching takes him. So we’ll give him the opportunity to hit in a couple games this year, and hopefully, we’ll bring him to instructional league and let him continue to swing a bat.”

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Fourteen Players Re-Assigned to Minor League Camp

The Phillies re-assigned 14 players to Minor League camp today:

Pitchers: Phillippe Aumont, Yohan Flande, Scott Mathieson, Drew Naylor, J.C. Ramirez, Jesus Sanchez, Joe Savery and Bill White.

Catchers: Tuffy Gosewisch, Kevin Nelson and John Suomi.

Infielders: Freddy Galvis.

Outfielders: Quintin Berry and Tyson Gillies.

Some people thought Mathieson might have a chance to win a job in the bullpen, but Ruben Amaro Jr., Charlie Manuel and Rich Dubee stressed early in camp that Mathieson needed innings, and needed to work on his secondary pitches. He’ll get that opportunity in the Minors. But I still think the Phillies could have Mathieson on their roster this season, if he shows enough improvement. They still love his arm.

Aumont, Gillies and Ramirez came to the Phillies in the Cliff Lee trade, but none of them had any illusions about making the club. Aumont heads to Minor League camp working on a new/old delivery. Gillies heads to Minor League camp trying to slow things down at the plate.

“I’m leaving on a good note,” Aumont said. “I got some experience. I’ll go down there, get that pitch count up and get my arm ready for the season. I’m actually excited about it. It was all at once (the new delivery). It was kind of shaky a little bit at the beginning, but I guess that’s why the Minor Leagues are there.”

“It was a great experience for me,” Gillies said. “Being able to see the way these superstars go about their business was really exciting, watching how they prepare every day, seeing their daily routines. I learned the things I need to be successful, and where consistency starts. Charlie told me the things I need to work on, slowing things down. Slower. Slower when I’m hitting. He wants me to be slow with the feet, and quick with the hands. Basically just stay back a little bit more. Keep my hands and everything back and try not to lunge at everything. Let the ball come to me.”

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More Non-Roster Invitees to Spring Training

The Phillies announced today they had invited 13 more non-roster invitees to Spring Training:

  • Phillippe Aumont, RHP. Acquired in the Cliff Lee trade, Aumont split last season between Single-A High Desert and Double-A West Tennessee, where he went a combined 2-6 with a 3.88 ERA, 16 saves and 59 strikeouts in 51 innings (44 games).
  • Domonic Brown, OF. The organization’s top prospect. 
  • Ozzie Chavez, INF. He hit .259 with 34 RBIs last season with Double-A Reading.
  • Freddy Galvis, SS. Galvis hit .247 with 15 RBIs in 63 games at Single-A Clearwater. He missed time in May because of a fractured right ring finger. He finished the season with Reading.
  • Tyson Gillies, OF. Gillies also arrived from Seattle in the Lee trade. He hit .341 with 50 extra-base hits and 42 RBIs in 124 games for High Desert. He led all Mariners Minor Leaguers with 44 stolen bases.
  • Tuffy Gosewisch, C. He hit .235 with 21 RBIs in 76 games with Reading and Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
  • Kevin Nelson, C. Nelson spent most of last season with Reading. He set career highs in games (53), hits (40), home runs (9) and RBIs (27).
  • B.J. Rosenberg, RHP. He pitched for Single-A Lakewood and Reading. He went 7-2 with a 0.89 ERA and 19 saves in 37 appearances for Lakewood, earning South Atlantic League All-Star honors.
  • Dane Sardinha, C. Split last season between Triple-A Toledo and the Detroit Tigers. He hit .097 with three RBIs in 12 games for the Tigers.
  • Joe Savery, LHP. The Phillies’ first-round pick in 2007 went 16-6 with a 4.40 ERA in 28 games (27 starts) with Reading and Lehigh Valley.
  • John Suomi, C. Spent last season in Kansas City’s Minor League system. In 60 games with Double-A Northwest Arkansas and Triple-A Omaha, he hit .246 with eight home runs and 25 RBIs.
  • Ryan Vogelsong, RHP. Vogelsong, 32, has not pitched professionally in the United States since 2006. He spent the past three years pitching in Japan for the Hanshin Tigers (2007-08) and Orix Buffaloes (2009).
  • Ehren Wasserman, RHP. He went 7-3 with a 3.68 ERA in 43 appearances last season with Triple-A Charlotte. In the big leagues, he is 2-3 with a 5.06 ERA in 57 games with the White Sox (2007-08).

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Victorino Is Still in 2nd Place

victorino trophy.jpgMLB.com announced its latest results for the Final Vote for the final roster spot on the National League All-Star team.

Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval still leads Phillies centerfielder Shane Victorino. According to the release, Victorino took the lead last night, but Sandoval recaptured the lead today.

Fans can continue to vote until 4 p.m. Thursday.

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Double-A left-hander Joe Savery earned Minor League Pitcher of the Month honors after he went 5-0 in June.

Single-A Clearwater outfielder Steve Susdorf, who began last month with Single-A Lakewood, earned Player of the Month honors after he hit .390 in 25 games.

Savery had a 1.76 ERA in six starts.  In 30 2/3 innings, he held opponents to a .173 batting average. He allowed 18 and 11 walks and struck out 21.

Susdorf was a 19th round pick last year out of Fresno State.

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