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The Top 10 … Right Now

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MLB Network has been running episodes of Top 10 Right Now, where they rank players at every position in the big leagues. The Phillies were well represented, so I’m running the lists here.

These lists should make for a good debate:

Starting Pitchers
10. Josh Johnson
9. Justin Verlander
8. Adam Wainwright
7. Cliff Lee
6. David Price
5. Jon Lester
4. CC Sabathia
3. Tim Lincecum
2. Felix Hernandez
1. Roy Halladay


Durbin, Polanco and Other Odds and Ends

Tonight is the Philadelphia Sportswriter Association banquet in Cherry Hill. Ruben Amaro Jr., Roy Halladay, Shane Victorino and Charlie Manuel are in attendance. The four spoke before the dinner and ceremonies.

Here are a few highlights from Amaro, who talked about the makeup of the team:

  • On the door being closed on Chad Durbin, who remains a free agent: “I would say that we’re probably not going to resign him.” Amaro does not appear to be bluffing, either. Amaro said the Phillies could carry 11 or 12 pitchers in the bullpen. They have a healthy handful of pitchers who should be able to fill out those one or two open spots. And remember, if Joe Blanton remains with the team and everybody in the rotation is healthy to open the season, Kyle Kendrick could take Durbin’s role.
  • On if he has any offers on the table to any remaining free agents: “No. Right now, like I’ve said before, I think we’re pretty comfortable with where we are coming into spring. We have some decisions to make. But I think that we’re — I never like to say we’re pretty well set — but I think we kind of have to go with what we’ve got and start to make assessments as to what we may need as we go through the spring. It will be interesting to see some of the competition. We’ve talked about the right field situation and the bench and also the bullpen, and those are kind of the three things that I’m curious to see how they shake out there. I think we’ll have competition in all three of those areas.”
  • On his confidence of getting a contract with Charlie Manuel, who is entering the final year of his deal: “We’ve been working at Charlie’s contract since December. We’re hoping we can get something done. And just like any other negotiation we like to keep it quiet. But I think Charlie knows exactly how we feel about him. We know how he feels about us. Hopefully we can continue the relationship.”
  • On Placido Polanco, who had offseason surgery on his left elbow: “He’s fine. I haven’t heard anything to the contrary. He should be 100 percent.”
  • On if this is the best team he has taken to Spring Training: “I guess on paper it probably is just because of the pitching. As I’ve said before, acquring pitching is pretty tough. And for us to have the starting pitching, at least on paper, those projected five guys are as good a pitching staff as I think we’ve ever had. At least since I’ve been here.”
  • On the fifth starter: “Right now it’s Joe.”
  • On if it’s an open competition in right field: “Oh, yeah. Oh, it’s open. Wide open.”
  • He repeated he is not looking for a right-handed bat at this time.
  • He repeated he is not looking for middle relief at this time.
  • It’s official. The Phillies have signed Jason Grilli to a Minor League deal. He will not be in big-league camp.


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Polanco Has Successful Surgery

The Phillies announced today third baseman Placido Polanco had successful surgery on his left elbow.

Phillies physician Michael Ciccotti removed spurs from the elbow and performed a debridement and repair of the lateral extensor tendon. Polanco will have follow-up appointments with Ciccotti over the next several weeks.

“It went very well and we are fully expecting Placido to be 100 percent by Spring Training,” Ruben Amaro Jr. said in a statement. “We hope to have him swinging the bat again within 10 weeks, around early January.”


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Polanco Scheduled for Surgery

polanco smiles.jpgPlacido Polanco is getting his left elbow repaired Friday.

He played through pain much of the season because of bone fragments and tendinitis in the elbow. He had four cortisone injections during the year to keep him on the field, although he spent June 29 – July 16 on the 15-day disabled list.

Team physician Michael Ciccotti will perform the surgery. He will remove bone fragments from the elbow and repair Polanco’s extensor tendon.

“The recovery time for this procedure is typically eight to 10 weeks and we fully expect Placido to be ready by spring training, but we’ll know more after the surgery,” Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said in a statement.

Polanco hit .298 with six home runs and 52 RBIs in 554 at-bats this season. He signed a three-year, $18 million contract before this season.


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Manuel Tweaks Lineup for Game 2

The Phillies have hit just .212 in the postseason, and just .147 against Giants left-hander Jonathan Sanchez in five career starts against him.

Charlie Manuel tried to shake up things with a tweak to his lineup before Game 2 of the NLCS. He flipped Chase Utley and Placido Polanco, which had Utley hitting second and Polanco hitting third.

“Same reason I always do it,” Manuel said.

He wanted to split the left-handed hitting Utley and Ryan Howard, which he has done on occasion this season against left-handed pitchers.

Manuel said Saturday he would “think” about hitting Jimmy Rollins first, but he never seriously considered it for three reasons: Rollins has hit .067 (1 for 15) with two walks and three strikeouts in the postseason and he has hit just .063 (1 for 16) against Sanchez while Shane Victorino, who is hitting leadoff, has hit .400 (6 for 15) against Sanchez.


Manuel said Joe Blanton remains his starter for Game 4, but he left some room to change his mind Sunday.

“That’s still our plan,” he said. “But we’ll just take it day to day and see what happens.”

If the Phillies trail the series entering Game 4, they could start Roy Halladay on short rest. Halladay has pitched on short rest five times in his career as a starter. (He started on short rest two other times, but those followed relief appearances.) Halladay is 4-1 with a 1.70 ERA (seven earned runs in 37 innings) in those five starts, but he has made just one start on short rest since 2004.


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Polanco Has Back Injury, Out of Lineup

Placido Polanco said his left elbow felt fine yesterday.

Nobody asked him about his back.

Polanco is not in the lineup tonight for Game 1 of the NLDS against the Reds because of soreness in the middle of his back. Ruben Amaro Jr. said they never considered leaving Polanco off the NLDS roster because they expect him to eventually play in the series.

“It wasn’t so alarming that we thought it would affect our roster,” Amaro said in the dugout at Citizens Bank Park. “If it was more serious, yeah.”

Wilson Valdez, who hit .258 with four home runs and 35 RBIs in 333 at-bats, will start at third base and hit eighth. Charlie Manuel had planned to have Shane Victorino hit leadoff and Polanco second, but with Polanco out Manuel will hit Jimmy Rollins leadoff and Victorino second.

It certainly is a big loss for the Phillies. Polanco hit .298 with six homers and 52 RBIs in 554 at-bats and played solid defense at third base. Amaro said he still hoped Polanco could play Wednesday, perhaps as a pinch-hitter, although Manuel sounded pessimistic.

“He came in and told me that he couldn’t bend over,” Manuel said. “He said it hurt when he bent over. He said it hurt when he turned left or right. I’m concerned.”


Polanco Set to Have Cortisone Injection

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Placido Polanco gets some much needed rest tonight at Nationals Park.

He could get a much needed shot in the next few days, too.

Polanco has been playing with a bone spur in his left elbow and tendinitis in his left arm for much of the season. Polanco, who said they have affected him at the plate and in the field, will receive a cortisone injection to improve his health for the postseason. It will be his third shot this year.

The injection only is delaying the inevitable: surgery in the offseason to remove the bone spur and remove scar tissue that has caused the tendinitis. But he hopes it helps him feel better while he plays.

“Sometimes I’m grabbing the bat for so long that it gets tired and weak,” Polanco said of his left arm. “Even holding my glove.”


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Polanco Feels Better, Talks Return

The quicker Placido Polanco heals the better for the Phillies.

Polanco, who is on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his left elbow, said today he is feeling much better. He is expected to begin baseball activities as early as Saturday. He said it is possible he could rejoin the Phillies for their July 19-22 series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium.

“Two of the doctors were right on,” Polanco said. “They said Wednesday you were going to start feeling really good. It’s amazing.”

Polanco has been doing various treatments for his elbow. He has been throwing and running to stay in shape.

“They don’t want to really rush me,” he cautioned. “They want to make sure it’s completely healed.”


Minor League notes: Triple-A Lehigh Valley placed right-hander Nate Bump on the disabled list (viral illness). Right-hander Michael Schwimer has been called up from Double-A Reading. … Matt Rizzotti was named Eastern League Player of the Month for June. He hit .369 (38-for-103) with seven doubles, seven home runs, 24 RBIs and 16 runs scored in 27 games. … Infielder Harold Garcia and right-hander Justin De Fratus were transferred from Class A Clearwater to Double-A Reading.


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Amaro Talks Trades

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spoke with reporters before the game about finding infield and pitching help.

Here is what he said:

Q: Looking for help at second base or third base?
A: We’ve talked to several clubs on a many different fronts, not just addressing that particular issue. We’ve talked to a lot of clubs about some other possibilities, too. We’ve been pretty pro-active. Again, trades are not easy and acquiring players are not easy. Again, we have to assess what our needs are going to be two or three weeks from now, too. Because we’re going to get (Placido) Polanco back. The prognosis on him is pretty good. We should get him back in two or three weeks. The fact that Chase (Utley) is going to get his stitches out in a couple weeks and in five weeks he’ll be doing mobilization stuff … while it’s going to be a while and it’s going to be a big blow to us, the way the guys have played so far, we may have a totally different need come July 31 than adding a piece in the infield.

Q: Likelihood you will add an infielder?
A: I don’t know.

Q: Charlie Manuel said the other day in Pittsburgh he thought he is more concerned about the pitching than the infield, even without Utley and Polanco.
A: I’m always more concerned about the pitching. That never ever stops. Again, at the end of the day our team offensively should be able to handle the loss of a couple of these guys. It’s difficult, but with the talent that we have offensively we should be able to absorb that. But you can never have enough pitching, especially when you’re trying to contend.

Q: So are you kicking yourself now knowing that you had that pitching in Cliff Lee in December? You had to figure you would need pitching at this point, right?
A: If we had Cliff Lee we wouldn’t have Roy Halladay. It’s pretty simple.

Q: If you couldn’t have Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee, but still can get pitching help right now, why were those two things mutually exclusive?
A: Time and circumstance dictates some of the things you can and cannot do.


Ransom Up, Bocock Out

The Phillies selected infielder Cody Ransom‘s contract today. They designated infielder Brian Bocock for assignment.

The Phillies hope Ransom is here before the game.

It’s funny, but when news first broke about Chase Utley and Placido Polanco, the thing fans seemed most concerned about — nevermind Utley and Polanco were lost for weeks — was why Bocock got called up instead of Ransom. The explanation: Ransom had been bothered by a balky knee, which forced him to DH a few games. The day the Phillies called up Bocock, Ransom had been scheduled to see a doctor. The Phillies were not going to call up Ransom not knowing if he was healthy.

He is healthy, so now he’s up.


Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins, Jayson Werth, Raul Ibanez and Shane Victorino are 5-for-35 this week against the Pirates. Wilson Valdez, Dane Sardinha and Greg Dobbs are 7-for-20.

I know everybody want to see the Phillies make a move to fill the hole left by Utley and Polanco, but the big guys need to pick it up. Daniel McCutchen was 0-3 with an 11.00 ERA before he beat the Phillies on Thursday. Ross Ohlendorf had gone 16 consecutive starts without a win until Friday.


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