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Just Another Day for Martinez

From Elias Sports Bureau: Michael Martinez broke a 2-2 tie with a two-run, ninth-inning double last night. Martinez has hits in each of his last four at-bats in Late Inning Pressure Situations (all this month) and his 11 RBIs in July ties him with Wilson Ramos for second-most among rookies. Only Freddie Freeman (16) has more.

Some other notes:

  • Martinez has hit .298 (11-for-37) with one double, one triple, one home run and 11 RBIs in 10 games this month, earning more playing time with third baseman Placido Polanco on the disabled list with lower back inflammation.
  • Only Raul Ibanez (14) and John Mayberry Jr. (12) have more RBIs for the Phillies this month than Martinez.
  • Jason Grilli has signed with the Pirates, announcing the move on Twitter. He had an out-clause in his contract, allowing him to sign with another team if another team offered him a big-league deal. The Phillies believed they had better options than him, so released him.

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Worley Fitting Right In

From Elias Sports Bureau: Vance Worley threw seven scoreless innings in last night’s 1-0 victory over Florida. Worley has a 0.72 ERA in 25 innings in his last four starts, which is the lowest ERA in the National League from June 14 – July 4.

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Elias also reports last night was the Phillies’ 201st game on July 4. They are 101-100.

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Got a tweet from a Phillies fan last night saying the Phillies needed to cut Michael Martinezon the night he got the game-winning hit. My Lord. I understand the frustration, but a little perspective, please. I remember when So Taguchi hit .220 as the team’s fifth outfielder in 2008. I remember when Eric Bruntlett hit .171 and Matt Stairs hit .194 in 2009. I remember when Greg Dobbs hit .196 last season. The 25th man on the roster is not going to cost this team a trip to the playoffs or the World Series. Yes, it’s ideal to have a more productive player in that spot, but there are bigger issues surrounding this team. Is it frustrating? Yes. Is it worth being that angry about? No.

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Victorino Out, Martinez In

Charlie Manuel walked through the clubhouse early this morning and spotted Michael Martinez at his locker.

“What do you think?” he said.

Martinez offered a nervous chuckle.

Martinez is making his Major League debut today.  He is leading off and playing center field. Shane Victorino pulled himself from last night’s game because of soreness in his left calf, and the Phillies wanted to give him two full days to rest with no game Monday.

Victorino said he is fine and should play Tuesday.

“I still feel it in the certain area,” Victorino said. “My strength is there. We’re just trying to find out what’s causing that sensation.”

Victorino said it could be an irritated nerve. That sounds a bit strange, but he said there is no reason to be alarmed or think this could linger.

“I’m not alarmed,” he said. “None of us are alarmed.”

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Almost Home …

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I’ve been blog-less since Friday morning because of a conversion to new blog software. But the conversion didn’t work as planned, which left me unable to post. I apologize for that. But we went back to the old software for the next 24 hours or so, which should allow me to post through tomorrow’s Grapefruit League finale at Bright House Field.

I want to mention a few things before the Zo Zone goes dark again:

The Phillies have not named a closer to replace Brad Lidge, but my guess is Jose Contreras gets the nod. Why? It’s just the feeling I get from being in camp the past few days. Rich Dubee also sounds like he wants to keep Madson in the eighth inning, where he has thrived. I asked Dubee yesterday if he thought Madson was better prepared to close this season than previous seasons.

“I don’t think so,” he said. “Ryan Madson is Ryan Madson. What did he do? Take a crash course in how to close? We’re in Spring Training here. … I think the game speeds up on him sometimes. He doesn’t get to the same comfort level. There’s a little anxiety there. The ninth inning is a little different than the eighth. There have been a solid eighth-inning guys that haven’t been able to pitch the ninth. One day they learn how to do it.”

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Castillo Agrees to Minor League Deal

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Luis Castillo has agreed to a Minor League contract with the Phillies, although it is not finalized, a source said tonight.

The Mets released Castillo on Friday and the Phillies immediately expressed interest. Castillo cleared waivers this afternoon.

Interesting move.

The Minor League contract certainly suggests the Phillies are not prepared to just hand a Castillo a job. He will have to earn one, although there is not much time. Just 12 days remain before Opening Day.

If the Phillies had offered Castillo a Major League contract they would be on the hook for $414,000 of his $6 million salary, regardless of his ability to play. The Minor League deal guarantees Castillo even less money, which means if the Phillies feel Castillo cannot play they can let him go at little cost. Of course, if they decide he can help and place him on the 25-man roster they would have to pay him $414,000.

But repeat: If he cannot play the Phillies are on the hook for less than $414,000. How much less? I’m not sure, but it’s a low-risk, high-reward move the Phillies like to make. If he can play, bonus. If he can’t, buy-bye.

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Phillies Take Infielder In Rule 5 Draft

The Phillies lost Jayson Werth when he signed a seven-year, $126 million contract with the Washington Nationals.

They struck back this morning.

“We figured with this Rule 5 Draft we would get back at the Nationals,” Ruben Amaro Jr. joked. “They got Werth. We’ll take (Michael) Martinez and call it even.”

The Phillies selected Martinez from Triple-A Syracuse, which is Washington’s affiliate. He is a 28-year-old infielder that can play multiple positions. Martinez must open the season on the 25-man roster and remain there the entire 2011 season or be offered back to the Nationals.

The Phillies lost no players in the draft.

“One thing we see in Martinez is the versatility,” Phillies director of professional scouting Mike Ondo said. “We like his versatility, his athleticism, his quickness. He’s a guy who has played shortstop and second base. We’ve seen him play center field.”

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