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Rollins to DL

Jimmy Rollins announced on his Twitter account (@JimmyRollins11) he has a mild Grade 2 strain of his right groin. He said he will be placed on the DL.

That means he is out until at least Sept. 6.

Placido Polanco said yesterday he expected to be activated today. No word on Polanco yet.

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Hamels Could Be Back Friday

Cole Hamels threw roughly 25 pitches in an important bullpen session this afternoon at Nationals Park. He said it went well.

He will throw one more bullpen session early next week and if that goes well he said he should rejoin the rotation Friday against the Marlins at Citizens Bank Park. Hamels missed a start this week because of inflammation in his left shoulder.

“Cole is moving along fine,” Rich Dubee said.

Cliff Lee, Vance Worley and Kyle Kendrick will face the Mets at home next week. Hamels would open the series against the Marlins with Roy Oswalt and Roy Halladay pitching Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

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Placido Polanco sounded optimistic he could be back in action Monday.

He has been on the DL since Aug. 7 because of a sports hernia. He recently received a cortisone injection and said today he feels “much better” than he had just a few days ago. He said he thinks he will be activated from the DL Monday.

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Jose Contreras had been scheduled to throw a bullpen session today, but that has been pushed back to Monday. Charlie Manuel called it a “setback,” while Dubee said Contreras simply felt he was not ready to throw off a mound.

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Next Few Days Critical for Polanco

Placido Polanco said he will know no later than Tuesday if he needs surgery, although he likely will know earlier than that.

He received a cortisone injection this Tuesday to treat a sports hernia, which he said has bothered him for about a month. He said today he felt a little better.

He said surgery could keep him off the field anywhere from three to six weeks. Three or four weeks would not be a problem because he would have enough time to get back on the field and play. But six weeks would put his return at the end of the regular season, which would make him ill prepared for the postseason.

“I’m going to need the surgery, so why not get it over with?” he wondered. “But what’s preventing it? We’re playing for something. You can’t take it for granted. You don’t know when you’ll be in the playoffs again. We have a pretty good chance. I don’t want to miss it. This is when it gets fun. … I don’t know how much better I’m going to get in two days. That’s why I got the shot. To try to play through it. They said they think they can manage it. I trust them.”

Polanco said on a 1-10 scale his pain in San Francisco, when he last played, was a nine. He said it was a six Friday.

“I feel it just standing here,” he said.

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Polanco Has Sports Hernia; Could Require Surgery

Ruben Amaro Jr. certainly could have been bluffing this evening at Dodger Stadium.

He said if Placido Polanco’s sports hernia injury requires surgery and he misses a significant period of time, the Phillies will not look outside the organization for help at third base. He said Michael Martinez and Wilson Valdez will man the position through the remainder of the season, even if it includes a deep run into October.

“They will be the ones who will play,” he said.

Polanco left Saturday’s game in San Francisco because of soreness in his left hip. He flew to Philadelphia yesterday for a MRI exam today. The results revealed a chronic sports hernia injury. He will receive an injection tomorrow and be evaluated Friday.

If the shot does not relieve Polanco of his discomfort he probably will have surgery. Amaro said surgery would not necessarily end his season.

“Our doctors tell us it could be somewhere between three weeks and a month,” Amaro said. “I think we can manage him through it, but we’ll find out more Friday.”

Amaro said he is hopeful Polanco can play through the injury, much like Raul Ibanez played through it in 2009. Amaro added Polanco’s injury does not seem to be nearly as severe as Ibanez’s. Ibanez’s required offseason surgery.

“It’s not an uncommon set of circumstances,” Amaro said. “He actually felt much, much better even before he flew out.”

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Fight Night

What did you miss if you fell asleep last night?

Well, there’s this.

Then there are the postgame quotes:

Shane Victorino, on the pitch from Ramon Ramirez being intentional: “Yeah, absolutely. I think he did. That’s why I took a step forward. I had no intentions of going out there and charging the mound. I just wanted to know why in that situation … he was around the plate all night and throughout that inning … obviously with two outs and I get up to the plate and the first pitch is at my back. I just wanted to go out there and get an answer. I had no intentions of charging the mound. I did step forward. Obviously, Eli (Whiteside), I guess from looking at his reaction, thought I was going to go and he started jumping around. Obviously, (Placido) Polanco came in and he tackled Polanco. I think everything escalated from there.”

Polanco, on Victorino’s comment he got tackled: “He didn’t tackle me.”

Victorino, on why he jumped back into the scrum: “I just felt like Carlos (Ruiz) was in a position like I needed to go in and help him get away from everything.”

Charlie Manuel, on Ramirez: “He hit Vic and then came off the mound at him. Vic almost has to go, unless he wants his teammates to call him chicken. That’s the way baseball works. I’ve been playing for almost 50 years. He pretty much called him out.”

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Polanco, Blanton and Heilman Updates

The Phillies resume play tomorrow night against the Padres, but a few things happened today:

  • They said Placido Polanco received injections in his back. They will see how he responds over the next couple days. He has been on the DL since July 4.
  • Joe Blanton is headed to Philadelphia to have his right elbow evaluated by team physician Michael Ciccotti.
  • The Phillies agreed to terms on a Minor League deal with right-hander Aaron Heilman. He will report to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

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Polanco’s Back Problem Lingers, Requests A Shot

Placido Polanco is a frustrated man.

The discomfort from a bulging disc in his lower back is lingering, so he approached the Phillies training staff today at Wrigley Field and told them that he would like to receive a cortisone injection to speed up the recovery process.

That is significant because Polanco had been reluctant to take a shot because he had four last season: three in his right elbow and one in his back in the postseason.

He said he could get the shot Thursday.

“I was trying to avoid the shot,” he said. “But I was the one that came up to them and told them this keeps bothering me. Let’s just go ahead and go with the second option.”

Polanco is eligible to be activated from the disabled list Wednesday, but clearly that will not happen.

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Let’s Get Going

The second half of the 2011 season starts tonight with Vance Worley.

It continues this weekend with Cole Hamels and Kyle Kendrick.

It will be interesting to ask Charlie Manuel or Rich Dubee this afternoon if Cliff Lee would have pitched Sunday against the Mets had he not pitched Tuesday in the All-Star Game. I say that because before the break Dubee announced Worley would pitch Friday and Hamels would pitch Saturday. He left Sunday’s starter TBA, indicating they wanted to see what happened at the All-Star Game.

But Lee pitched and so now Roy Halladay (Monday) and Lee (Tuesday) are pitching next week against the Cubs. I know fans wanted to see Halladay or Lee face the Mets, but I don’t have a problem with this. Dubee wants to squeeze an extra day or inning of rest wherever and whenever possible for Halladay, Lee and Hamels. They’ve pitched a lot of innings. In a perfect world the offense continues to hit so Halladay, Lee and Hamels aren’t pitching in 2-1, 3-2, 1-0 games every time out. If the offense can give them some 6-1, 5-1, 7-2 leads, you would think Manuel and Dubee would pull Halladay, Lee and Hamels in the eighth instead of the ninth, or the seventh instead of the eighth. Those innings and days can add up and keep them fresher come October.

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The Phillies took optional BP yesterday at Citizens Bank Park. Chase Utley, Raul Ibanez, Domonic Brown, John
Mayberry Jr., Ross Gload, Brian Schneider, Michael Martinez and Lee participated. Yes, Lee showed up to take optional BP.

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Will be interesting to see how Placido Polanco‘s back is feeling. He has not played since July 4.

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Will be interesting to see how Ryan Madson is doing. He made a rehab appearance for Class A Clearwater on Wednesday. He struck out one and hit a batter in one inning. Dubee, who lives in nearby Sarasota, watched him pitch.

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Halladay, Lee, Hamels and Polanco Are All-Stars

The moment Cliff Lee returned to Philadelphia many believed the Phillies had assembled one of the greatest rotations in baseball history.

That rotation will be well represented at the All-Star Game.

Roy Halladay, Cole Hamels and Lee each earned a spot on the National League All-Star team, which was announced Sunday afternoon. Fans voted Placido Polanco as the starting third baseman.

Halladay is 11-3 with a 2.44 ERA, leading the league with six complete games. Lee is 9-5 with a 2.66 ERA, entering Sunday’s start against Toronto having thrown three consecutive shutouts and allowing one run in 42 innings in June. Cole Hamels is 9-4 with a 2.41 ERA, establishing himself as one of the best pitchers in baseball.

Together they have helped the Phillies earn the best record in baseball.

It is the first time in franchise history the Phillies have had three pitchers selected to the same All-Star team. It is the first time they have had two pitchers since Curt Schilling and Paul Byrd in 1999. Schilling started that game.

Halladay could be the starting pitcher, although that remains to be seen.

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Who Are the Phillies All-Stars?

Major League Baseball announces its All-Star teams tomorrow.

Who ya got?

Locks:

  • Roy Halladay. He is 11-3 with a 2.44 ERA. He leads the league in complete games, innings and strikeouts. He’s the ace on a staff of aces. The only question is whether Halladay will be the National League’s starting pitcher or not?
  •  Placido Polanco. Polanco is hitting .280 with four homers and 39 RBIs, but had a commanding lead last week in the fan voting. He will be the starting third baseman.

Good shots

  • Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee. It will be interesting to see if both make the team. I only say that because I can’t remember the last time a team had three pitchers from the same rotation make the All-Star team, but then again I haven’t extensively researched the topic. Players made their votes last weekend before Lee threw his third consecutive shutout. I think before that third shutout not a lot of players knew how well Lee was pitching in June. But entering today Halladay, Hamels and Lee ranked in the top seven in the league in ERA. They’re all worthy.

In the hunt

  • Shane Victorino. Victorino started the day ninth in the league in slugging percentage. Ninth. Not among outfielders. Among everybody. He was sixth among outfielders in OPS.
  • Ryan Howard. He is among the league leaders in home runs and RBIs, but faces stiff competition with Albert Pujols, Prince Fielder and Joey Votto and Todd Helton. He might be the odd man out.
  • Ryan Madson. I thought he had a great shot to make the team before he got injured. But he hasn’t pitched since June 18, which hurt his chances.
  • Antonio Bastardo. He’s worthy, but starters and closers generally make the team. But the NL certainly could use a guy like Bastardo. His 0.90 ERA is the best among NL relievers.

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