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Lannan Refuses Assignement, Becomes Free Agent

John LannanThe Phillies outrighted John Lannan from their 40-man roster tonight, but he refused his assignment and elected to become a free agent.

It was not a surprise.

Lannan signed a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the Phillies last offseason, but suffered a left knee injury that led to season-ending surgery. He said last month he hopes to be 100 percent healthy by the beginning of Spring Training, but the Phillies had no plans to tender him a contract as a salary arbitration-eligible player.

Lannan understood that.

“I pretty much have an idea of what’s going to go down,” he said. “I’m not an idiot. I’m ready for the challenge, whatever comes up. I just want to make sure (the knee) is right. That’s the only thing I can control. The other stuff I can’t control.”

The Phillies still could resign Lannan with a shot to win a job in the spring. They have holes in their rotation, and a lack of quality depth crippled them this season.

Asked if he would be up for competing for a job in camp, Lannan said, “I think it’d be good. I’ve never come into camp thinking I’ve locked up a spot. I’ve always enjoyed the competition. It pushes you a little harder. I’m looking forward to proving to myself, and whoever I sign with or if I stay here, that I can help a team win.”

Lannan Finished; Howard, Revere Make Progress

John LannanJohn Lannan’s season is finished as he requires surgery on his left knee.

Lannan is on the disabled list with tendinosis in the knee. Phillies physician Michael Ciccotti has recommend surgery, although Lannan first will receive a second opinion from Dodgers physical Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles.

“I think he ruptured the tendon,” Phillies assistant general manager Scott Proefrock said.

Lannan missed two months earlier this season with a strained quadriceps tendon in the knee. He said last week in Atlanta he wanted to get this recurring issue – the knee has bothered him in previous seasons – resolved.

Proefrock offered health updates on other injured Phillies:

  • Ryan Howard (left knee surgery): He saw a doctor Monday and will begin baseball activities Thursday.
  • Ben Revere (right ankle surgery): He is finally off crutches. “I don’t know whether Ryan or Ben will be back on the field here or in Florida, but the expectation is that they’ll be back on the field somewhere before the end of the season,” Proefrock said. “Whether it’s up here, whether they’re playing in Instructional League, I don’t know. … I think the main thing for both of them is to just get them to the point where there are no surprises in Spring Training next year.”
  • Mike Adams (right shoulder surgery): He continues to rehab and as Adams said recently he expects to be ready come Spring Training.
  • Mike Stutes (right biceps tendinitis): He is long tossing. “He’s making good progress,” Proefrock said. Proefrock said there is a chance Stutes could be back at some point, although it’s too early in the process to offer a timetable.
  • Jeremy Horst (sprained left elbow). He visited the doctor Tuesday. He could begin a throwing program soon.
  • Joe Savery (stiff left elbow). He will begin a rehab assignment later this week, most likely in Clearwater, Fla.

MRI Scheduled for Utley, Won’t Play Tonight

Chase UtleyChase Utley knows he needs to be smart about this.

He felt a burning sensation in his right ribcage taking swings in the batting cage before last night’s game at Marlins Park. He got scratched from the lineup a short time later, will not play in tonight’s series finale against the Marlins and will have a MRI exam tomorrow in Philadelphia.

It seems likely Utley will miss time with a trip to the disabled list a good possibility.

“It definitely scared me a little bit,” he said today. “My first swing I took in BP, I felt something. My second swing, I felt it again. My third swing, I felt it again. After the fourth swing, I realized something wasn’t right. That’s when I told Charlie (Manuel) I have some pain in my side. He told me to go see (head athletic trainer) Scott (Sheridan). He took me out of the game. I think it was a smart thing to do. You want to be careful with these things because they could linger and get worse if you try to play through it. I think we caught it early enough but it’s hard to know until we have some imaging on it.”

Utley said he felt about the same as yesterday, not great, but not terrible.

“It’s kind of in between,” he said.

Utley has spoken with teammates and former teammates who have had similar injuries in the past. Several Phillies pitchers have spent time on the DL in recent seasons because of strained obliques, but so have position players like catcher Carlos Ruiz and former outfielder Jayson Werth. Ruiz spent 23 days on the DL in 2009, while Werth spent 15 days.

“The main thing they said was, ‘Don’t rush back,’” he said. “That’s when you can make it worse and prolong the time you’re out.”

Utley has been one of the team’s few bright spots this season. He is hitting .272 with seven doubles, two triples, seven home runs and 25 RBIs in 44 games. He has an .814 on-base-plus-slugging percentage, which ranks seventh out of 20 qualifying second basemen in baseball. He has missed much of the previous two seasons because of chronically injured knees, but the knees have not been an issue so far.

“I just hit into a little bad luck,” he said. “I have felt pretty good. Hopefully this is just a small bump in the road.”

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Roy Halladay reported to Bright House Field in Clearwater, Fla., two days ago to begin his rehab following right shoulder surgery. “He’s feeling like he’s got pretty good range of motion, which is a plus,” Amaro said. “I talked to him yesterday. He’s very positive.”

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Mike Adams threw a bullpen session today. He will throw another one Friday in Clearwater, Fla., before pitching in a rehab game Monday with Class A Clearwater. He would be activated Tuesday at the earliest.

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John Lannan is scheduled to throw May 29 to hitters in Clearwater. Amaro said “he is doing very well. He feels good.”

Lannan Down, Who’s Up?

Tyler CloydThe Phillies placed John Lannan on the 15-day disabled list today because of a strained quadriceps tendon in his left knee. Ruben Amaro Jr. and manager Charlie Manuel said Lannan could miss six to eight weeks.

“It’s a fairly serious injury,” Amaro said. “I know John was upset about it, but there’s not much you can do other than rehab it and come back as soon as possible.”

The Phillies are expected to call up a relief pitcher tomorrow to temporarily take Lannan’s spot on the 25-man roster. A replacement for his spot in the rotation is expected to be announced before Monday’s game against the Pirates, which would have been Lannan’s turn to pitch.

The Phillies have options in Triple-A Lehigh Valley, but their best option there might be left-hander Adam Morgan and he pitched today in Pawtucket. Amaro said right-handers Tyler Cloyd, Jonathan Pettibone and Ethan Martin also will be considered. Amaro said Double-A Reading prospect Jesse Biddle is not an option. He also said the Phillies could look outside the organization to find a replacement, although he said the choice likely will come from Triple-A.

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Lannan to DL

John LannanThe Phillies placed left-hander John Lannan on the 15-day disabled list today with a strained quadriceps tendon in his left knee.

A corresponding roster move will come tomorrow.

Lannan tweaked his knee Friday in Miami, but aggravated it early in last night’s start against Cincinnati. He said last night he has had the issue in the past, but never missed a start because of it. So who replaces him? Well, I might have said left-hander Adam Morgan, but he threw 100 pitches in five innings today. Considering Lannan’s spot in the rotation comes up Monday, there seems to be little chance it’s Morgan. Cesar Jimenez started last night, but that’s because the IronPigs played a doubleheader Sunday and pitched both Ethan Martin (4.82 ERA) and B.J. Rosenberg (6.00 ERA). Jonathan Pettibone (9.64 ERA) has struggled. So has Tyler Cloyd (7.07 ERA).

Stay tuned …

Phillies, Lannan Agree to Deal

johnlannan1The Phillies not only found their setup man this weekend, they also found their fifth starter.

Sources confirmed the Phillies have agreed to terms with right-hander Mike Adams to be their setup man and left-hander John Lannan to be their fifth starter. CSNPhilly.com first reported the Lannan deal. CBS Sports reported Lannan has agreed to a one-year, $2.5 million contract.

The deals are pending physicals.

Ruben Amaro Jr. said recently they were looking for a low-risk, high-reward starter to replace Vance Worley, who the Phillies shipped to Minnesota in the Ben Revere trade. Lannan seems to fit the bill.

Lannan, 28, is 42-52 with a 4.01 ERA in 134 starts in his career, which he has spent entirely with the Nationals. But Lannan, who has started twice for the Nationals on Opening Day, became expendable in a stacked Washington rotation.

He is a groundball pitcher, which could help him at Citizens Bank Park, although he has a 6.49 ERA in eight career starts in Philadelphia.

But the Phillies wanted a veteran presence to fill out the back of the rotation, which includes Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels and Kyle Kendrick.

Rauuuuuul and Roy

A few things from last night’s game and this week’s sweep over Washington:

  • Raul Ibanez entered the series in a 0-for-34 slump. He extended that slump to 35 at-bats following an at-bat in the second inning Tuesday. But Ibanez finished the series 8-for-11 with three doubles, two home runs and five RBIs, raising his batting average from .152 to .214. Nobody knows where Ibanez goes from here, but it’s a good start.
  • Roy Halladay is an insane 18-1 with a 1.56 ERA in 19 starts against the National League East since the beginning of last season. Tim Hudson is the only other pitcher to have 10 or more victories against the NL East since last year. He is 10-5. Halladay’s 18 wins are so insane he is tied for second in the NL East in wins from 2008-11. Josh Johnson has 19 wins against the NL East in that span. (Halladay is tied with Hudson, Jair Jurrjens and Jamie Moyer.) Not that you need reminding, but Halladay made only two starts against the NL East from 2008-09 while he pitched for the Blue Jays.
  • Halladay vs. John Lannan was a huge mismatch, and Elias Sports Bureau tells us just how bad it was. Halladay had won his last nine decisions against the Nationals/Expos and Lannan had an 0-9 record against the Phillies. Last night was the first time starting pitchers – one on a winning streak of nine or more games against the opposing team and the other on a losing streak of nine or more games against his opponent – faced each other since Sept. 29, 1929, when the Red Sox and Philadelphia Athletics played at Braves Field in Boston. A’s starter Lefty Grove had won 13-straight decisions against the Red Sox and Boston starter Red Ruffing had lost 12-straight decisions against the Athletics. Ruffing and the Red Sox beat Grove and the A’s, 10-0, snapping both streaks.

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