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Aumont Talks Brawl, Fight for Phillies Bullpen Job

Phillippe AumontPhillippe Aumont rejoined Phillies camp today with his limbs intact and ready to compete for a job in the bullpen.

The Phillies are thankful for that.

He had been playing with Canada in the World Baseball Classic. It lost to Team USA over the weekend, ending its tournament run, but not before it provided the tournament’s most memorable moment when it brawled in the ninth inning in a game last week against Mexico. There were some legitimate haymakers thrown during the melee, including Phillies minor league outfielder Tyson Gillies tossing Mexican pitcher Alfredo Aceves to the ground like a rag doll.

Asked which NHL players he would have liked to have had at that moment, Aumont said Georges Laroque and Darcy Hordichuk.

“It was pretty intense,” he said this morning at Bright House Field. “It was the first time I’ve ever been in an actual brawl where people were going to town on (each other). … I was trying to stay out of trouble. I was more frozen than anything else when I got there. When I got there everything kind of separated. I looked out and tried not to get sucker punched or anything.”

Aumont described the postgame scene following Canada’s victory over Mexico like this: “Just a bunch of failed hockey players pumped up and ready to do another one.”

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Players Option Five to Minor League Camp

Tyson Gillies, Alfredo AcevesThe Phillies optioned five players to Minor League camp this morning:

  • Right-hander Tyler Cloyd.
  • Right-hander B.J. Rosenberg.
  • Left-hander Mauricio Robles.
  • Outfielder Tyson Gillies.
  • Catcher Sebastain Valle.

The Phillies have 42 players in big-league camp (non-roster invitees in parenthesis): 20 pitchers (five), four catchers (two), 10 infielders (three) and eight outfielders (one).

Thursday Notes

A few notes today regarding the Phillies:

  • The Blue Jays claimed right-hander Tyson Brummett off waivers. Brummett spent most of the season with Double-A Reading and Triple-A Lehigh Valley before making his big-league debut with the Phillies on Oct. 3.
  • The Phillies outrighted infielder Pete Orr and catcher Steve Lerud from the 40-man roster. The Phillies have 37 players on the roster, plus four players on the 60-day disabled list.
  • Phillies third base prospect Cody Asche is hitting .360 with four doubles and three RBIs in six games in the Arizona Fall League. Infielder Freddy Galvis is hitting .460 with one double, one triple, three home runs and five RBIs in Winter Ball in Venezuela. Outfield prospect Tyson Gillies has hit .467 with one double, one triple and two RBIs in four games in Venezuela. Darin Ruf is hitting .133 in four games in Venezuela.
  • Phillies hitting coach Steve Henderson will wear No. 5 next season. Assistant hitting coach Wally Joyner will wear No. 21. Bullpen coach Rod Nichols will wear No. 54. And third base coach Ryne Sandberg will wear No. 23, assuming catcher Brian Schneider does not return next season.

Howard Is Here, Nine Others Are Gone

Ryan Howard is in the Phillies clubhouse this morning. He’s still wearing his walking boot, which he required after a surgical procedure near his left Achilles Feb. 27. Howard has appeared in the clubhouse at least a couple times since the surgery, but today appears to be the first day he is going to stick around for a while.

So, hopefully, we’ll hear from him later.

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The Phillies sent nine players to Minor League camp:

Reassigned: Right-handers Dave Bush, Austin Hyatt and B.J Rosenberg; and left-hander and Pat Misch.
Optioned: Infielders Harold Garcia and Cesar Hernandez; outfielder Tyson Gillies; catcher Sebastian Valle and right-hander J.C. Ramirez.

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Here’s today’s lineup vs. Minnesota:

  1. Jimmy Rollins, SS
  2. Placido Polanco, 3B
  3. Shane Victorino, CF
  4. Hunter Pence, RF
  5. Ty Wigginton, 1B
  6. John Mayberry Jr., LF
  7. Domonic Brown, DH
  8. Carlos Ruiz, C
  9. Freddy Galvis, 2B

Roy Halladay is on the mound.

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Phillies Add Four to 40-Man

The Phillies announced today they have placed right-hander Phillippe Aumont, left-hander Jacob Diekman, catcher Sebastian Valle and outfielder Tyson Gillies on the 40-man roster.

Here’s a look at the four:

  • Aumont, 22, went 2-5 with seven saves and a 2.68 ERA in 43 appearances for Double-A Reading and Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He struck out 78 batters in 53 2/3 innings and held opponents to a .216 batting average. The Phillies picture Aumont as a late-inning reliever for the Phillies, possibly as a closer. Baseball America ranked Aumont as the organization’s fifth-best prospect following the season.
  • Gillies, 23, has been unable to stay on the field since joining the Phillies because of injuries. He played in just three games for Class A Clearwater, but played for Scottsdale in the Arizona Fall League. They believe he has potential. He just needs to get on the field and play.
  • Valle, 21, hit .284 with five homers and 40 RBIs in 91 games for Clearwater. He hit .368 against left-handed pitching. The Phillies signed Valle as an amateur free agent in 2006. Baseball America ranked Valle as the organizations’ third-best prospect.
  • Diekman, 23, went 0-1 with a 3.05 ERA and three saves in 53 appearances with Reading. He allowed 13 earned runs in 18 innings in his first 18 appearances, but had a 1.72 ERA over his final 35 appearances. He also struck out 83 batters in 65 innings and held opponents to a .199 average, including a .099 mark against left-handers. Diekman, who the Phillies selected in the 30th round in 2007, allowed one earned run and struck out 14 in 11 1/3 innings in the Arizona Fall League.

Early Returns on Lee Trade Not Good

Roy Oswalt has pitched so well for the Phillies that I haven’t heard anybody complain about the Cliff Lee trade lately.

(Thank God.)

But there was some interesting news yesterday regarding the Lee trade. Right-hander J.C. Ramirez, one of three players the Phillies received from Seattle for Lee, had surgery on his right hip last week. He is expected to be ready by Spring Training, but it capped a bad first year for the three prospects.

The Phillies demoted right-hander Phillippe Aumont, 21, from Double-A Reading (1-6, 7.43 ERA in 11 starts) to Single-A Clearwater (2-5, 4.48 ERA in 16 appearances). Outfielder Tyson Gillies, 21, missed most of the season with Reading (.238, two homers, six RBIs in 26 games) because of a hamstring injury, but that was the least of his problems. Pinellas County Sheriff’s officers arrested him last month for cocaine possession, which is a felony. He pleaded not guilty.

Ramirez, 22, had the best year of the three. He went 4-3 with a 4.06 ERA in 11 starts in Clearwater, and 3-4 with a 5.45 ERA in 13 starts in Reading.

“They’re all still 21 years old,” Ruben Amaro Jr. said. “We’ve got a long way to go on them. We still view them as strong prospects for us. We’ll see how they develop.”

The Phillies converted Aumont from a reliever to a starter and changed his mechanics in Spring Training, which they attributed to his struggles. They are not sure if his future is in the rotation or the bullpen, although he remains a starter for now. They have said the same about Ramirez.

“The guys are still very young and it takes a lot of time for guys to develop sometimes,” Amaro said.

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Hamels Sharp, Lidge Sharp

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Leaving Sun Life Stadium in a few minutes, but I thought I’d pass along a few Cole Hamels and Brad Lidge notes:

  • Hamels is 5-3 with a 1.79 ERA in his last 13 starts, and has allowed just one run in his last 31 2/3 innings. “It seems like he’s the Cole of ’06, ’07, ’08,” Marlins second baseman Dan Uggla said. “He’s been lights out this year.”
  • Hamels threw a career-high 127 pitches, so he said an extra day of rest before Monday’s start against Atlanta will be beneficial.
  • Hamels snapped his streak of 25 consecutive scoreless innings when he allowed a run in the first inning.
  • His 13 strikeouts were the most for a Phillies pitcher since he struck out 13 Marlins on June 11, 2008.
  • He has 201 strikeouts this season, which is tied with Roy Halladay for second in the National League.
  • Lidge had not pitched since Sept. 6, but threw a perfect ninth inning to pick up his 22nd save. Lidge had missed a couple days because of a hyperextended right elbow. He said he felt fine.
  • Lidge is 0-0 with a 0.52 ERA and 12 saves in 13 opportunities in 18 appearances since July 31. In 17 1/3 innings, he has allowed just seven hits, two runs, one earned run and three walks. He has struck out 18 and opponents have hit just .119 against him.

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J.C. Ramirez, one of the three guys in the Cliff Lee trade, had surgery on his right hip last week. I’ll have more on this tomorrow, and how the early returns are not good with Phillippe Aumont‘s demotion to Class A Clearwater and Tyson Gillies‘ hamstring injuries and arrest for a felony cocaine possession.

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Call me crazy, but this photo of Hamels reminded me of the fight scenes in the Batman TV show, where they shot everything on an angle. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, click here and go to the 2:35 mark.

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Gillies Pleads Not Guilty

The lawyer for prospect Tyson Gillies entered a written plea of not guilty this week in the Sixth Judicial Circuit Court of Florida.

Officers for the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office arrested Gillies on Aug. 20 in Clearwater, Fla., on a felony charge of cocaine possession. He is free on $2,000 bond. The Phillies previously said in a statement, “Because this is an open case, we will not comment further at this time.”

Gillies’ lawyer, J. Kevin Hayslett, could not be reached for comment. Hayslett has represented high-profile clients inclding Hulk Hogan‘s son, Nick Bollela.

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Gillies Arrested for Cocaine Possession

UPDATED (5:30 p.m.)

Phillies prospect Tyson Gillies, who the organization acquired in the Cliff Lee trade, was arrested early Friday morning in Clearwater, Fla., on a felony charge of cocaine possession.

He is free on $2,000 bond.

The Phillies confirmed the arrest, but said, “because this is an open case, we will not comment further at this time.”

Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office public information officer Cecilia Barreda said the incident originally occurred June 11.

A patrol deputy spotted Gillies standing on the shoulder of Rt. 19., near Enterprise Blvd., in Clearwater. Gillies was waving a white shirt in the air at passing motorists.

The deputy approached Gillies and noticed he appeared intoxicated. Gillies told the deputy he was waving his shirt because he was looking for his friends, and he thought it would help them see him. He also said he was walking back to his hotel, which was the La Quinta Inn.

Gillies said he had spent several hours that evening at The Freaki Tiki Bar, which is not far from where the deputy spotted him.

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The Oswalt Trade

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Roy Oswalt makes his Phillies debut tonight.

A few thoughts about the trade:

  • It looks like a favorable one for the Phillies, doesn’t it? They get Oswalt through 2011, possibly 2012. They get $11 million to help pay the remaining $23 million on his contract. They did not have to trade Domonic Brown, Jonathan Singleton or Jared Cosart – who Baseball America considers three of the top 50 prospects in baseball.
  • Roy Halladay, Cole Hamels and Oswalt would be a scary rotation in the postseason, wouldn’t it?
  • Ruben Amaro Jr. redeemed himself for the Cliff Lee trade, although it remains a mistake. Since I’ve been covering the Phillies, I’ve heard Ed Wade, Pat Gillick and Amaro say one thing over and over and over again: You can never have too much pitching. The Phillies never should have traded Lee, but now they have Oswalt at an affordable price for one-plus seasons. That is a nice bounce back.
  • The Phillies said they are confident they are getting a healthy pitcher in Oswalt, who has had a history of back issues. (Those issues have required cortisone injections.) The Phillies should hope so. They also thought they were getting a healthy pitcher in Freddy Garcia, who won just one game for the Phillies in 2007 because of shoulder problems.
  • The Phillies have 16 players under contract next season for $145 million. I’m guessing that means the end of Jayson Werth‘s time in Philadelphia, and any thoughts the Phillies had about bringing back Lee in the offseason. (Lee would like to come back to Philly, for what it’s worth.)
  • The Phillies lose a tremendous guy in J.A. Happ, who always treated me with respect. It’s not easy when you’re an athlete and you’re asked the same questions over and over and over again – especially when some of those questions are questions you don’t like. But Happ never made you feel like less of a person. He seemed to get that we were doing our jobs. I wish him luck in Houston.
  • The Phillies liked outfielder Anthony Gose, who Baseball America ranked sixth in the organization late last year. He’s got a lot of talent. And he’s young. Just like Jonathan Villar. It will be interesting to see how they develop. But take a look at trades the Phillies have made in recent seasons. Not many of those prospects have come back to haunt them. Why? Because the Phillies know their prospects better than anybody (just like some might say the Mariners knew Phillippe Aumont, Tyson Gillies and J.C. Ramirez better than anybody).

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Sounds like there will be plenty of Phillies fans tonight in DC.

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