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Romero to DL, Zagurski Recalled

The Phillies placed left-hander J.C. Romero on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right calf. They recalled left-hander Mike Zagurski from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to take his place.

Zagurski is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA and one save in three appearances this season. He has allowed two hits and struck out seven in 3 1/3 innings. He went 2-3 with a 3.27 ERA and three saves in 52 appearances last season in Lehigh Valley. He had 71 strikeouts in 52 1/3 innings.

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Phillies Beat Yanks in Grapefruit League Opener

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Baseball is back, Spring Training style.

The Phillies beat the Yankees today at George M. Steinbrenner Field, 5-4. Cole Hamles allowed on unearned run in two innings. Vance Worley, Justin Feierabend, Brian Schlitter, Mike Zagurski and Jason Grilli also pitched.

Charlie Manuel had only a few words after the game, but really there wasn’t much to say. It was the first Grapefruit League game, which means there are 30 more days before the Phillies board a flight to Philadelphia to finish the exhibition schedule with a couple games March 29-30 against the Pirates at Citziens Bank Park.

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Chase Utley is doubtful for Sunday’s game against the Yankees.

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Dennys Meet Danys, Danys Meet Dennys

A source said this afternoon the Phillies are very close to agreeing on a one-year contract with left-hander Dennys Reyes, although details were still being worked out. ESPN’s Enrique Rojas said the deal would include an option for 2012.

If the deal gets finalized, the Phillies will have a veteran left-hander in the pen next season. Antonio Bastardo is another lefty with a good chance to make the team out of Spring Training. The other left-handers on the 40-man roster with big-league experience are Mike Zagurski and Sergio Escalona.

So, yes, there would be Dennys Reyes and Danys Baez on the same team — thus the clip from Spies Like Us.

Asked how he pronounces his name, Reyes once told Cardinals beat writers, “It’s Dennys, like the restaurant.” So there you go.

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Looking Like Halladay for Game 1

halladay 0928 2010.jpgRoy Halladay seems destined to start Game 1 of the National League Division Series on Oct. 6 at Citizens Bank Park.

It is not official, but the Phillies dropped a couple hints today.

Kyle Kendrick will pitch Friday against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field, which has become a meaningless series since the Phillies clinched their fourth consecutive NL East championship last night. The Phillies have not announced starters for Saturday or Sunday, but it sounds like Halladay will be skipped.

“There’s a real good chance,” Charlie Manuel said.

“He probably won’t start,” Rich Dubee said.

Cole Hamels and Roy Oswalt both could pitch a few innings this weekend as a tune-up for the playoffs.

Manuel said the Phillies have chosen to play an eight-day NLDS because it allows them the luxury of pitching only Halladay, Hamels and Oswalt on normal rest through the five-game series. Because the Phillies only need three starters, they might carry fewer pitchers in the first round.

The Phillies would like to give left-handers Antonio Bastardo and Mike Zagurski work this week to see if they can carry two left-handers in the bullpen.

They also suggested left-hander Jamie Moyer, who has not pitched since July because of a left elbow injury, could be ready to pitch in the later rounds of the postseason. But Moyer just started throwing off a mound, and he only has thrown four-seam fastballs, which he does not throw in games. He is a way away from returning.

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Rollins Could Be Back Sunday

Jimmy Rollins can run again, and he could be back in the Phillies lineup Sunday.

Rollins, who has not played since Sept. 8 because of a strained right hamstring, participated in a simulated game yesterday with Greg Dobbs at Citizens Bank Park. Rollins said before tonight’s game against the Mets that he got three hits against right-hander Vance Worley and left-hander Mike Zagurski. He ran the bases and said he felt fine.

Charlie Manuel said he has targeted Sunday for Rollins’ return. If it happens, Rollins would get seven games worth of at-bats to get ready for the postseason. The Phillies entered Friday with a six-game lead over the Braves in the National League East with nine games to play.

“My first game will be a speed adjustment,” Rollins said. “Every time you get back you’re like, this game is pretty fast. It’s like when Chase (Utley) was gone. The first day you get a headache. You’re head is just spinning. Baseball is baseball, but it’s like, golly, things are moving fast. Then you’re fine after that.”

It is uncertain if Manuel will use Rollins as a pinch-hitter Friday or Saturday.

Asked if he could run to second if he hit a ball into the gap, Rollins said he could.

Asked if he could steal a base, he said he could.

“Yeah,” he said. “But would I try? No.”

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Baez to DL Creates Postseason Roster Flexibility

The Phillies gained postseason roster flexibility today when they placed right-hander Danys Baez on the 15-day disabled list with back spasms.

The Phillies, who recalled left-hander Antonio Bastardo from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to take Baez’s place, have 28 players eligible for the postseason. They have the players on the current 25-man roster, plus the three players on the disabled list: Baez, Ross Gload and Jamie Moyer.

“We’d have one wild card, which would be Jamie’s spot,” assistant general manager Scott Proefrock said.

Moyer is a wild card because he will not pitch again this season. The Phillies can replace Moyer with anybody who is in the organization on Aug. 31. In other words, if they wanted to call up a player from Class A Lakewood they could do that. That is how left-hander J.A. Happ made the postseason roster in 2008. Pitchers Scott Mathieson and Mike Zagurski were on the 60-day disabled list, which allowed the Phillies to take Happ, who was a September call-up.

The Phillies got creative in 2009, when they selected the contract of injured right-hander John Ennis and immediately placed him on the 15-day disabled list. That is unlikely to happen to this year, but there are ways to get more flexibility. Now that Baez is on the DL, the Phillies won’t have to use their wild card on Bastardo, if they would want him on the postseason roster.

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Dobbs Out, Ruiz DL, Rollins Back, Zagurski Back

The Phillies just announced they have designated Greg Dobbs for assignment.

They also placed Carlos Ruiz on the 15-day disabled list with a concussion, activated Jimmy Rollins from the DL and recalled Mike Zagurski. Scott Mathieson also has been optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. This means the Phillies bench is Juan Castro, Wilson Valdez, Brian Schneider, Ross Gload and Ben Francisco.

I’m not completely shocked the Phillies designated Dobbs. He has struggled. He is hitting just .152 with one homer and six RBIs, and is just 1-for-25 as a pinch-hitter. I’ll get the details on the DFA, but if he is not traded and clears waivers I believe the Phillies could outright him to Triple-A where he could play regularly, get at-bats and possibly rejoin the Phillies once he’s hitting better.

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Hamels Struggles, Pitching Staff Reaches 12

hamels 0322.jpgThe line score is ugly: 4 innings, 9 hits, 7 runs, 6 earned runs, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts and 1 home run.

Cole Hamels did not have a good day today in a 9-7 victory over the Yankees at Bright House Field, but there is no reason to panic. He had a bad day, although Hamels seemed OK with the way he pitched.

“I was a lot happier because I felt like I had more energy going into the fourth inning,” he said. “Just every inning in general. I felt like I had a good rhythm. I felt comfortable from the stretch and the wind up, so that’s definitely coming.

“Now is the time I really want to get the fastball going, try to hit my spots. I feel like I was doing a pretty good job up until the fourth inning when I was cutting it off unintentionally and I wasn’t releasing the ball where I wanted to.”

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The Phillies optioned Mike Zagurski to Minor League camp, which leaves the team with 12 healthy pitchers: Roy Halladay, Hamels, Joe Blanton, J.A. Happ, Kyle Kendrick, Jamie Moyer, Ryan Madson, Danys Baez, Chad Durbin, Jose Contreras, David Herndon and Antonio Bastardo.

Unless the Phillies make a trade, sign a free agent or Brad Lidge or J.C. Romero miraculously speed up their recovery from offseason elbow surgeries, these are the Phillies’ 12 pitchers on Opening Day.

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Bullpen Help Needed?


escalona 2.jpgJ.C. Romero
might miss just one week of the season, but if the first two weeks of Spring Training are any indication it might be a rough one.

The Phillies are looking at rookie left-handers Antonio Bastardo, Sergio Escalona and Mike Zagurski to take his place until Romero returns. So far Bastardo and Escalona have struggled. Zagurski has pitched just once.

Escalona allowed four hits, three runs and one walk in one inning today in a 4-3 loss to the Orioles at Ed Smith Stadium. In three Grapefruit League appearances, Escalona has allowed eight hits, five runs and one walk in three innings. He has a 15.00 ERA and two blown saves. Bastardo has allowed five hits, four runs (three earned runs) in two innings in two appearances. He has a 13.50 ERA and one blown save. He has struck out four. Zagurski threw two scoreless innings in his only Grapefruit League appearance. He will pitch Monday morning in a B game against the Blue Jays at Dunedin Stadium.

“Well, not as good as I’d like to see yet,” said Rich Dubee, asked to assess his left-handed pitching situation with Opening Day nearly three weeks away. “But I’m sure it will iron itself out. We like both of those kids. We like Zagurski, even though he hasn’t been in many games. We think those guys have the ability to pitch in the big leagues. But the later we get in the spring the more they’re going to have to show it. They haven’t shown it yet.”

And if they don’t?

“We’ll see,” Dubee said. “We’ll make that call when we have to make that call.”

Ruben Amaro Jr. said Saturday there is no “sense of urgency” to find a left-handed pitcher to help the bullpen, but if the right pitcher comes at the right price (a Minor League contract, for example) and Bastardo and Escalona continue to struggle that could change.

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Romero Unlikely for Opening Day, Shooting for First Homestand


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said he feels fine, but he also said he has just one chance to do this right.

So he said this morning at Bright House Field that he does not expect to be ready by Opening Day on April 5 in Washington. Instead, he said he hopes to join the team for its first home series April 12-15 against the Nationals at Citizens Bank Park.

Romero’s likely absence from the Opening Day roster means there are at least two jobs available in the bullpen — three, if Brad Lidge also is not ready. But no Romero certainly gives an advantage to left-handers like Antonio Bastardo, Sergio Escalona and Mike Zagurski because the Phillies have no other left-handers in the bullpen.

“Everything is moving in the right direction,” Romero said. “But to be realistic, I know I want to break camp with the team, but I realize the time is against me. That’s not good, but I’m very optimistic about being with the team by the first homestand. I think they can deal without me for the first road trip. And that’s better for the team.”

And for himself.

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