Results tagged ‘ Pedro Feliz ’

Hamels Survives

Cole Hamels appears to have broken the hex.

He threw six innings without incident tonight against the Braves at Citizens Bank Park, allowing just three hits, two runs and two walks. He struck out seven. He retired the first 11 batters he faced, losing the perfect game and the no-hitter when Chipper Jones reached on an infield single with two outs in the fourth inning.

The Phillies hope this gets Hamels on track after he suffered injuries to his left elbow, left shoulder and left ankle the last couple months.

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Shane Victorino had his career-high 16-game hitting streak snapped. He went 0 for 4. He hit .352 (25 for 71) with five doubles, two triples, three home runs, 15 RBIs and 16 runs scored during the streak.

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Jayson Werth has homered in four of his last five games. He is hitting .417 (8 for 17) with four homers and 10 RBIs in that stretch.

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A fan ran onto the field in the top of the sixth inning. He jumped onto the field somewhere along the right-field line, ran toward second base and actually slapped hands with third baseman Pedro Feliz before security got close to him. The fan then looked like Terrell Owens, splitting the secondary and running all the way to the right-field fence. He darted toward center field before finally getting tackled.

The guy broke a couple tackles. Sign him up!

“That was probably the most impressive one I’ve seen so far,” Hamels said. “He didn’t just give up. He was good. I’ll give him credit. If run onto the field, you better last a long time. Don’t just give up.”

Hamels Gives It A Go


hamels vs. wash.jpgCole Hamels
, presumably wrapped in bubble wrap, pitches tonight against the Braves at Citizens Bank Park.

You’ve got to think the worst is behind him, right?

Inflammation in the left elbow. Line drive off the left shoulder. Sprained left ankle. That pretty much covers every “left” body part that is important to a pitcher.

If the Phillies could get Hamels going on a consistent basis, it just might settle the rotation. I’m not saying if Hamels pitches well, the others suddenly start throwing strikes and pitching deep into games. But it could help, right?

Right?

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Old news today, but I got asked a couple times yesterday why the Phillies didn’t have Pedro Feliz bunt with Raul Ibanez on second base and nobody out in the seventh inning of a scoreless game Wednesday against the Mets. I didn’t have a great answer, so I asked. Here is the explanation that I got: the Phillies wanted Feliz swinging in that situation because with a good base runner on second they liked their chances to get him home. In fact, they considered him their best chance with the bottom of the order coming up. Charlie Manuel also hadn’t decided if he wanted to pinch-hit for Chan Ho Park, who had thrown six scoreless innings. If Feliz had singled to score Ibanez, Manuel might have wanted to send out Park to start the seventh inning.

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Leaving Those April Doldrums Behind?

rollins in fla.jpgJust chillin’ at the Ft. Lauderdale Airport, waiting to catch my flight back to Philly.

Love 6 a.m. flights.

Love 4 a.m. wakeup calls even more.

But you’re here to talk Phillies, right? The Phillies had a very good weekend, sweeping the Marlins at Dolphin Stadium, winning two games by coming back in the ninth inning Friday and Saturday and clobbering them in a laugher yesterday.

Could the Phillies be close to breaking out of their traditional April doldrums?

That really depends on the pitching, doesn’t it? Have they started to figure out a few things, or was this just a mirage?

Consider:

  • The Phillies are third in the National League with 98 runs scored, and that’s with Jimmy Rollins slumping. Only the St. Louis Cardinals (115) and Los Angeles Dodgers (110) have scored more.
  • The Phillies had a National League-worst 6.31 ERA (87 earned runs in 124 innings) through their first 14 games when they were 6-8. They had a 2.89 ERA over the weekend against the Marlins.
  • The Phillies have a .995 fielding percentage to lead the baseball. They have committed just three errors (Chase Utley, Pedro Feliz and Rollins each have on error), and none since April 16 in Washington.

Hitting and fielding haven’t been an issue for the Phillies. Pitching has. But they are set up nicely this week, opening a three-game series tonight against the Nationals at Citizens Bank Park. (Joe Blanton, Cole Hamels and Brett Myers face the Nationals.) The Nationals have scored just 74 runs this season, which ranks 12th in the National League.

Play well this week against the Nationals, and the Phillies should be feeling pretty good about themselves before playing the Mets this weekend.

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Flip the Switch?

manuel.jpgThe Phillies open the 2009 season a week from tonight, and Charlie Manuel has some concerns about his offense.

He likes his players to have about 60 to 70 at-bats in the Grapefruit League, but four of his starters are short of that because of injuries or participation in the World Baseball Classic. Jimmy Rollins has 21 at-bats, plus the 24 he had with Team USA in the WBC. Shane Victorino has 27 at-bats, plus the 19 he had with Team USA. Chase Utley has 27 at-bats. Pedro Feliz has 32.

But can’t the Phillies just flip a switch once the season starts?

“He can take that and ram it where he can’t get it,” Manuel said, asked about players who say they can flip a switch once the season starts. “No, I don’t believe that.”

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Phillies vs. Braves – 3/11

bright house 0311.jpgCarlos Ruiz and Matt Stairs are back from the World Baseball Classic.

Pedro Feliz, Brad Lidge and Chad Durbin are scheduled to play at noon today in a scrimmage across the street at DiMaggio Field.

Here’s today lineup for the game against the Braves at Bright House Field:

1. Jason Donald, 3B
2. Eric Bruntlett, SS
3. Raul Ibanez, LF
4. Ryan Howard, 1B
5. Jayson Werth, CF
6. John Mayberry Jr., RF
7. Marcus Giles, 2B
8. Carlos Ruiz, C
9. Kyle Kendrick, P

Kendrick is putting him well behind J.A. Happ and Chan Ho Park for the fifth spot in the rotation. He allowed 10 hits and eight runs in three-plus innings, including two two-run home runs to Clint Sammons. Braves pitcher Jo-Jo Reyes followed Sammons, doubling in the second and singling in the fourth.

Not a good day for Kendrick.

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Here is the lineup for the scrimmage across the street, which begins at noon: 1. J.J. Furmaniak, 2B; 2. Chris Coste, C; 3. Pedro Feliz, 3B; 4. Andy Tracy, 1B; 5. Jorge Velandia, SS; 6. Richard Thompson, CF; 7. Chris Walker, LF; 8. Jason Ellison, RF; 9. Mike Cervenak, DH.

Feliz went 1 for 2 with a hit by pitch. Coste went 1 for 2 with a home run and a hit by pitch. Myers allowed two hits and struck out seven in five-plus innings. Park allowed two hits and one run in three innings. He allowed the shomer to Coste. He also allowed Feliz’s single up the middle. Durbin allowed two hits and one run in one inning. He struck out one. Lidge allowed one run in one inning. He allowed a homer to J.J. Furmaniak.

Feliz to Play Wednesday?

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said the Phillies will scrimmage at the Carpenter Complex on Wednesday afternoon, and a few players who have not been on the field should be there:

  • Pedro Feliz, who is recovering from lower back surgery.
  • Brad Lidge, who has had some tightness in his right forearm.
  • Chris Coste, who has had tightness in his right hamstring.
  • Chad Durbin, who had tightness in his right hamstring.

Amaro said Feliz has to pass one final test before he can play Wednesday: sliding. But he passes that test and plays Wednesday, obviously that is a sign that he is making progress toward being ready to play Opening Day.

Chase Utley is not expected to play Wednesday.

“Over the next few days, if things go well, hopefully we’ll get him into some games,” Amaro said of Utley.

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The Phillies reassigned the following players to minor-league camp: righthander Yorman Bazardo; infielders Ozzie Chavez, Anthony Hewitt and Terry Tiffee; and outfielders Jeremy Slayden and Chris Walker.

It's a Doubleheader Day

b game.jpgThe Phillies are playing a “B” game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Bright House Field before they meet tonight for a Grapefruit League game tonight at Dunedin Stadium, which has the strangest smelling press box in Florida.

Here are a few highlights so far from the B game:

Jayson Werth struck out looking on six pitches in the first inning (he took all six pitches), but ripped a 2-1 pitch from B.J. Ryan through the hole into left field for a single in the third inning. He finished 1 for 4. He said he felt fine afterward, and expects to begin playing Grapefruit League games.

Brett Myers allowed six hits, five runs, two walks and two home runs in three innings. He struck out three. Scott Rolen hit a two-run homer against him in the first, and Kevin Millar hit a three-run homer against him in the third. What happened? Myers threw primarily fastballs and changeups, which is his fourth pitch. But the problem was that his changeup wasn’t good. He’s trying to develop his changeup into more of a weapon.

It’s a hitter’s day. Andy Tracy, Tuffy Gosewisch and Chris Walker have homered for the Phillies in a 12-7 loss.

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Pedro Feliz said his back felt fine after taking live BP yesterday. He said he’s doing everything except, you know, playing in games. He is hopeful it won’t be long before that happens. He also said he thinks he should be in the lineup Opening Day.

Your Phillies Medical Report

Just a few injury updates for y’all:

Chase Utley (right hip) is taking grounders and BP, but isn’t sure when he’s going to get into a Grapefruit League game. “I’m getting closer,” he said. “But right now no news is good news.” I suppose that’s true. But it sounds like he’s still on schedule to be in the lineup Opening Day.

Pedro Feliz (lower back) is improving, but he said he isn’t sure when he’ll be getting into a game. The Phillies have said they’re “cautiously optimistic” Feliz will be in the lineup Opening Day.

Jayson Werth (right shoulder) said he plans to take BP tomorrow and get into a game Friday.

Chad Durbin (right hamstring) said he is scheduled to throw a bullpen session tomorrow. He could be in a game sometime next week.

Chris Coste (right hamstring) is taking things slowly. He had the same hamstring injury two springs ago. He tired to push it, injured himself further and opened the season on the 15-day disabled list. But as soon as he was activated he was optioned to triple-A Ottawa. He wants to take care of the problem now and have a good three weeks of spring training games to play.

Phillies vs. Reds – 2/27

Live from Sarasota.

Shane Victorino has been named to Team USA’s roster for the World Baseball Classic after Grady Sizemore pulled out.

ed smith.jpgHere is the lineup for today’s game against the Reds at Ed Smith Stadium:

 1. Shane Victorino, CF
2. Jason Donald, 3B
3. Raul Ibanez, LF
4. Matt Stairs, DH
5. Greg Dobbs, 1B
6. Geoff Jenkins, RF
7. Pablo Ozuna, 2B
8. Ozzie Chavez, SS
9. Lou Marson, C

Pitchers: Drew Carpenter, Antonio Bastardo, J.C. Romero, Ryan Madson and Sergio Escalona. Chad Durbin had been scheduled to pitch, but he has sore right hamstring. He should be OK in a couple days.

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Of course, the Phillies also released Adam Eaton this morning.

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Ruben Amaro Jr. said he is cautiously optimistic Pedro Feliz will be ready to play Opening Day. Feliz has hit off the practice the last couple days, but it is unclear when he will take live BP. “He’s progressing well,” Amaro said. And Chase Utley? Amaro said he also is cautiously optimistic that Utley will be ready Opening Day, although he seems to be much further along than Feliz.

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Amaro said Nomar Garciaparra is “likely to sign with the A’s or not play at all. I’m not sure whether he’s going to play or not. I would not view him as somebody who would be with us.”

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Victorino hit a leadoff double and Ibanez followed two batters later with a double to left-center field to give the Phillies a 1-0 lead. … Carpenter got knocked out early. He allowed three hits, three walks and four runs to the six batters he faced. He did not record an out. Antonio Bastardo took his place and got out of the inning. … Dobbs singled and scored Donald from third in the third to make it 5-2. … Ozuna hit a solo homer to left-center field in the fourth to make it 5-3.

Blue Jays 6, Phillies 2 – 2/26

A few things from the Phillies’ 6-2 loss today to the Blue Jays at Bright House Field:

- Carlos Carrasco was very impressive in two perfect innings, although he is ahead of other pitchers because he pitched in winter ball in Venezuela. J.A. Happ looked pretty good, too. “It’s amazing to see these two kids go back to back,” Carlos Ruiz said. “They were very impressive.” More on Carrasco and Happ later.

- Based on e-mails and comments on the blog, people are wondering why Jayson Werth hasn’t played these first two Grapefruit League games. He also isn’t making the trip tomorrow to Sarasota to play the Reds. Is Werth hurt? “No, I’m fine,” Werth said. Charlie Manuel bristled when asked after the game why Werth hasn’t played yet. “There is absolutely zero wrong with him,” Manuel said. “Werth? He’s been hitting. He’s just not ready to go yet. What the hell? He’ll play before the season starts.” Why isn’t he ready? “Why?” Manuel said. “He’s just not ready to go. He’s just not ready to play yet. Swinging. Running. Everything. That’s all. That happens a lot. It’s no big deal. He’s not a whole lot out of shape. It’s just the way he’s going through it. No, nothing is wrong with him. Absolutely nothing.” Manuel then added that Werth likely would play Saturday against the Tampa Bay Rays at Bright House Field.

- Pedro Feliz took some swings off the practice tee today, the first time Manuel has seen him swing a bat.

- The Phillies had just six hits. Manuel said his hitters definitely are behind the pitchers at this point. The Phillies’ position players opened camp Feb. 17, so they haven’t been facing live pitching for long.

- A few Phillies fans (they had a few drinks at the Tiki Bar, I think) gave Jeremy Slayden a rough time in left field because he was wearing No. 81 — Terrell Owens‘ old number. I’m pretty sure Slayden didn’t pick the number.

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