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Bye Bye Boot

Ryan Howard said Tuesday he hoped to lose the protective boot on his left foot sometime in the next two weeks.

But he showed up this morning at Bright House Field without the boot and worked out without the boot. Good news? Well, it’s not bad news, which has been coming every day lately for the Phillies infield. Placido Polanco sprained his left ring finger Saturday, although he took batting practice Thursday. Chase Utley left the team Monday to have an unknown specialist in an undisclosed location – although he had been spotted this week in the Phoenix area – look at his bad knees. Utility infielder Michael Martinez then broke his right foot Tuesday, leaving the Phillies incredibly thin in the infield.

So a bootless Howard is arguably the best news the Phillies have received in a while. He had surgery to repair his ruptured left Achilles in October. He had been progressing nicely, but an infection developed last month, which required a second surgical procedure to remove sutures that had not dissolved. Howard had been in the boot for more than three weeks to let the second wound heal.

“I don’t think it really set me back,” Howard insisted. “Because I think the biggest concern was my tendon and the tendon was never an issue. The tendon was repaired in October. So even with me not doing what I was doing before from a rehab standpoint, the tendon is still getting stronger, a little bit every day. So now I can get back to doing more strength-training stuff. So I don’t think it was really a setback at all. … It’s one of those things where I’ve looked at it as a blessing in disguise”


Signing Copies of The Rotation Monday in Clearwater!

Just a heads up: Jim Salisbury and I will be signing copies of The Rotation from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at Bright House Field in Clearwater.

Check out what some people have said about the book: Here. Here. Here. Here. Here. Here. Here.

Hope to see you there!


It wasn’t terrible news for Placido Polanco, but his sprained left ring finger shows just how shaky the Phillies’ infield situation is.


Jose Contreras pitched in his first Grapefruit League game today, Jim Thome played his second consecutive game at first base and more HERE


Jim Salisbury and I co-authored the book The Rotation, which is now available. Check it out here!
Here are our upcoming book signings:

  • March 19: Bright House Field in Clearwater, FL, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • April 2: Barnes & Noble in Plymouth Meeting, PA, 7 p.m.
  • April 3: Chester County Book Company in West Chester, PA, 7 p.m.
  • April 26: Barnes & Noble in Marlton, NJ, 7 p.m.

Polanco Is Back, Utley Is Not

The Phillies said last month they planned to bring along Chase Utley and Placido Polanco slowly in Spring Training.

They meant it.

Polanco, who had sports hernia surgeries after last season, made his Grapefruit League debut today against the New York Yankees at Bright House Field. He went 2 for 3 with one RBI. Utley, who has a chronic right knee condition, has not played so far and might not play for at least another week.

“It’s going to be a while yet,” Charlie Manuel said.

Ruben Amaro Jr. said that was part of their original plan.

“We talked about him not playing for the first week or two weeks,” he said of Utley. “We’re going to ease him into it. We know he’ll be ready when the bell rings. We just want to make sure he’s as fresh and as healthy as he can possibly be on Opening Day.”

So Utley is healthy then?

“He seems fine,” Amaro said. “We’re just taking things slowly with him. There’s no reason to start putting the pounding on his knees that typically he would have during this time. There’s no reason to start that process now when we can start it a little bit later on.”

Polanco said he sees benefits to the way he is being handled this spring.

“If you don’t play every day it’s not a problem,” he said. “I don’t have a long swing so it doesn’t really take a lot of at-bats for me to get ready. … I’ve been very happy about the way I’ve been feeling. I haven’t felt anything.”


Jim Salisbury and I co-authored the book The Rotation, which is now available. Check it out here!
Here are our upcoming book signings:

  • April 2: Barnes & Noble in Plymouth Meeting, PA, 7 p.m.
  • April 3: Chester County Book Company in West Chester, PA, 7 p.m.
  • April 26: Barnes & Noble in Marlton, NJ, 7 p.m.

Utley and Polanco Won’t Play This Weekend

Charlie Manuel has his lineup for tomorrow’s Grapefruit League opener against the Yankees at Bright House Field. He just didn’t care to share it following today’s workout at Carpenter Complex.

But he did say Chase Utley and Placido Polanco will not be in the lineup. The Phillies said at the beginning of Spring Training they would limit Utley’s and Polanco’s playing time in an effort to keep them healthier during the season. Utley is playing with a chronic right knee condition, and Polanco has had back problems and also had sports hernia surgeries following the 2011 season.

Manuel would not say when Utley will see his first Grapefruit League action, but it won’t be over the weekend.

“I feel like (he will play) when he feels comfortable,” Manuel said. “It might be a little while before I play him. He’ll do his regular workouts and things like that. I’m in no hurry to play him as long as we can have him ready when the season starts. As long as he feels real good and he feels good about his practice and all and his hitting and stuff.”

Manuel said Polanco probably will play Monday.


Jim Salisbury and I co-authored the book The Rotation, which is now available. Check it out here!

Polanco Says He’s Healthy

Placido Polanco got to camp this morning and reporters had the opportunity to ask him (countless) questions about his health, which is a big issue entering the season.

“I’ve been taking ground balls, hitting, running,” he said. “I think I’m good to go.”

Polanco had offseason sports hernia surgeries to repair two abdominal tears. He said he is confident he can remain healthy the entire season.

“You can’t think, ‘Oh, I’m going to get hurt,'” he said. “I got fixed. I did a good rehab. So, we’ll see. I think I’m going to stay healthy.”

He said he is not limited in any way entering camp.

He also said the injuries affected him last season. He said he wasn’t in pain as much as he felt weak. He said it affected him everywhere on the field.

“When you have a tear in the abdominal, you know it’s there,” he said. “When you’re hurt in that area, you know how much you use it. Sometimes you take it for granted. When you hurt your elbow, you can’t move. You use your abdominal for everything. And when I had surgery, I really noticed it. Every time I coughed, every time I laughed, it hurt. It’s a small muscle, but you really use it.”

Phillies Get Good News on Howard

Ruben Amaro Jr. yesterday received encouraging news on some players that had offseason surgeries, most notably, Ryan Howard.

Howard had surgery in October to repair a ruptured left Achilles. Foot and ankle specialist Mark Myerson examined Howard yesterday and cleared him to begin some strength and power exercises. Howard also will start jogging underwater, and is likely to begin baseball activities in six weeks. (He will start by fielding ground balls before progressing to hitting.)

That timetable places Howard’s baseball activities around the middle of February, which is the beginning of Spring Training.

Is there any chance Howard could be ready by Opening Day?

“I can’t even speculate,” Amaro told “All I know is that it’s nice to know that at some point in Spring Training that he’ll start doing some light baseball activities. I think it is good news.”

Phillies physician Michael Ciccotti examined right-hander Jose Contreras yesterday, and cleared him to begin a throwing program today. Contreras had surgery late last year to repair his right elbow.

“I don’t have any timetable on him,” Amaro said. “We’ll probably know more within the next month.”

But even with some uncertainty surrounding Contreras, Amaro said he is not looking to find another bullpen arm.

“If there’s somebody that falls in our lap, yeah,” Amaro said. “But it’s a good enough report (for Contreras) that we think he’s going to be ready. If not at Opening Day then hopefully close to it.”

Placido Polanco (sports hernia surgery) told Amaro recently he feels great and believes he will be ready to go 100 percent by Spring Training. Hunter Pence (sports hernia surgery) also is expected to be ready for Spring Training. Cole Hamels (surgery to remove loose bodies in left elbow) is throwing and feels fine.

“A very, very positive update as far as our walking wounded are concerned,” Amaro said.

Phillies Interested in Ramirez

The Phillies are preparing for life without Jimmy Rollins.

Sources confirmed Monday they are seriously pursuing free agent third baseman Aramis Ramirez.

Ruben Amaro Jr. has said the “shortstop situation” is his top remaining priority this offseason, but Rollins is seeking a five-year contract, while the Phillies want him on a three-year deal. Talks between the parties have not progressed and Amaro does not want to be caught flatfooted should they reach a stalemate and Rollins signs elsewhere. That would be especially problematic if the uncertainty surrounding Rollins lingers a couple more weeks and suitable alternatives fall off the board.

The Phillies have a history of not waiting forever in free agency, so they might reach a point where they feel they must move on from Rollins. They signed Jonathan Papelbon before they could reach an agreement with Ryan Madson and have moved quickly with others in the past. But it certainly would be interesting to see what would happen if they reach an agreement with Ramirez before Rollins, who is the face of the Phillies franchise.

It does not seem like an easy decision to make.

Ramirez would play third base, which is why the Phillies have been shopping Placido Polanco, according to Ramirez would replace Rollins’ bat in the lineup. Rollins offers more speed, but Ramirez offers more power. He hit .306 with 26 home runs, 93 RBIs and an .871 on-base-plus-slugging percentage last season with the Chicago Cubs. He also has a career .342 on-base percentage and a .500 slugging percentage. <p>

So who would play shortstop for the Phillies, if Rollins is not back? It could be Freddy Galvis, who was the organization’s Minor League player of the year.  He is hitting .238 with 14 RBIs in 122 at-bats in Venezuelan Winter Ball. Another possibility would be free agent shortstop Alex Gonzalez, who hit .241 with 15 home runs and 56 RBIs last season with the Atlanta Braves.

They would be clear downgrades from Rollins, who hit .268 with 16 homers and 63 RBIs last season and plays Gold Glove-caliber shortstop. But Ramirez’s bat would make up for the lost offense. The Phillies also believe Galvis is ready to play shortstop in the big leagues, although his bat likely would be a liability.

But this is a case of one or the other: the Phillies will sign one of them, not both.

Of course, everything can change quickly. The deals for Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee in recent offseasons each died on several occasions before becoming official. The same could happen with Rollins. They might seem far apart Monday, but things could close quickly with a productive phone call later in the week.


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Polanco Wins Gold Glove

Placido Polanco won a Gold Glove tonight.

Shane Victorino and Carlos Ruiz were finalists, but lost to Matt Kemp and Yadier Molina, respectively.

Polanco is just the second player in baseball history to win Gold Gloves at two different positions. He won twice as a second baseman with Detroit in 2007 and 2009 before winning as a third baseman this year with the Phillies. Darin Erstad won as an outfielder with the Angels in 2000 and 2002 before winning at first base in 2004.

Injury Updates on Howard, Pence, Polanco, Hamels

This is from a Phillies press release:

The Phillies have announced the following injury updates:

  • First baseman Ryan Howard’s MRI revealed a rupture of the left Achilles tendon.  He cannot have surgery until the swelling resolves and it has not been determined who will perform the surgery.  Recovery time won’t be known until after the surgery is complete and there is no guarantee he will be ready for spring training.
  • First baseman Ross Gload will have his right hip re-examined by Dr. Bryan Kelly.  Gload will likely have arthroscopic hip surgery.
  • Right fielder Hunter Pence and second baseman Placido Polanco will both have MRIs to evaluate the extent of their sports hernias.  Polanco will likely have surgery and Pence’s plan will be determined following the MRI.
  • Left-hander Cole Hamels will have loose bodies removed from his left elbow on October 14.  He also has an inguinal hernia and surgery for that is scheduled for a week later.

Hamels to the DL

The Phillies placed Cole Hamels on the 15-day disabled list with left shoulder inflammation.

Reason to panic?

It doesn’t seem to be, although we’ll learn more later. The move is retroactive to Aug. 13 and the Phillies said Hamels is scheduled to start Monday against the Reds in Cincinnati. He had been scheduled to pitch Friday. So the fact Hamels is scheduled to pitch Monday leads me to believe they made the move because Raul Ibanez is hurting (sore left groin) and there is some uncertainty surrounding Placido Polanco‘s health (sports hernia), even though Polanco said he felt fine last night. The Phillies essentially have been playing a man short, so they probably figured they could add a guy through the weekend and activate Hamels later.

The Phillies recalled Pete Orr to take Hamels’ palce.


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