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Oswalt Is Back

Roy Oswalt rejoined the Phillies today after spending more than a week with his family in Mississippi.

Tornadoes tore through his home county. His home and the home of his in-laws suffered some damage, but his family is OK. His three children were in their grandparents’ home when the storms hit, which shook them up.

I’ll have more later on the experience, but here’s the baseball stuff:

  • Oswalt threw a bullpen session this afternoon at Citizens Bank Park. He said it went well, although the Phillies said they have not decided if he will pitch Saturday. Rich Dubee said they must see how he feels tomorrow. Oswalt did not throw while he was home, and Dubee said Oswalt was a little rusty as a result.
  • If I’m a betting man I’m betting Chase Utley is in Clearwater, Fla., before the end of the weekend. He responded well to two simulated games earlier this week. The Phillies have said they have not made any decisions about his next step, but an appearance in extended spring training is the logical choice. “I would assume it would be a slow progression,” Ruben Amaro Jr. said. That means starting with extended spring training before beginning a rehab assignment.
  • Carlos Ruiz took swings in the batting cage the past couple days, but is resting his back today. He suffered a bit of a setback. “He was progressing real well, then he kind of tweaked himself a little bit,” Amaro said. Ruiz has not played since April 27. The Phillies can back date his DL stint 10 days, so they have until Saturday to do that. “Not yet,” said Amaro, asked if he feels like they need to place Ruiz on the DL.
  • Don’t expect Vance Worley to stick around once Joe Blanton rejoins the rotation. Amaro said Worley has more value keeping stretched out as a starter in Triple-A.
  • Jose Contreras remains on schedule to return in three to four weeks. He’s been on the DL since April 22.

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Worley Shows Phillies’ Depth

Vance Worley is 2-0 with a 0.75 ERA (one earned run in 12 innings) in two starts this season, which should have the Phillies feeling pretty good about their starting pitching depth.

It’s likely they’ll need him again at some point this season.

Here’s a look at the number of starting pitchers the Phillies have used in each of the previous four seasons:

  • 13 in 2007: Jamie Moyer (33), Adam Eaton (30), Cole Hamels (28), Kyle Kendrick (20), Jon Lieber (12), Kyle Lohse (11), Freddy Garcia (11), J.D. Durbin (10), Brett Myers (3), Fabio Castro (1), John Ennis (1), Zack Segovia (1) and J.A. Happ (1).
  • 7 in 2008: Hamels (33), Moyer (33), Myers (30), Kendrick (30), Eaton (19), Joe Blanton (13) and Happ (4).
  • 12 in 2009: Hamels (32), Blanton (31), Moyer (25), Happ (23), Cliff Lee (12), Myers (10), Pedro Martinez (9), Chan Ho Park (7), Rodrigo Lopez (5), Antonio Bastardo (5), Kendrick (2) and Andrew Carpenter (1).
  • 9 in 2010: Roy Halladay (33), Hamels (33), Kendrick (31), Blanton (28), Moyer (19), Roy Oswalt (12), Happ (3), Worley (2) and Nelson Figueroa (1).

The Phillies have used six starters so far this season. Maybe that’s all they’ll use. If they do the Phillies should win a ton of games because that means their aces are healthy. But even if the Phillies lose a starter for a significant stretch, Worley has shown the ability to handle himself. The Phillies always have Kendrick, too.

Charlie Manuel said that’s good to know. But he also hopes it doesn’t come to that.

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Phillies starters have gone five consecutive games in which they have pitched six or more innings and allowed one or fewer runs: Worley (six innings, no runs), Roy Halladay (nine innings, one run), Cliff Lee (seven innings, one run), Cole Hamels (nine innings, one run) and Worley again (six innings, one run). Elias Sports Bureau said it’s the first time that has happened for the Phillies since June 6-11, 1995: Mike Williams, Curt Schilling, Paul Quantrill, Tyler Green and Michael Mimbs.

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Stutes, Worley and Others Sent to Minor League Camp

The Phillies made seven more cuts this morning at Bright House Field, leaving 37 players remaining in camp:

Optioned

  • Vance Worley
  • Freddy Galvis

Reassigned

  • Brandon Moss
  • Jeff Larish
  • Juan Perez
  • Dan Meyer
  • Michael Stutes

No real surprises here. Stutes made a big showing this spring. He could be in the big leagues at some point this season, but the Phillies want to give him more seasoning in the Minor Leagues. Worley could be Triple-A Lehigh Valley’s opening day starter, so they wanted to get him stretched out.

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Phillies Beat Yanks in Grapefruit League Opener

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Baseball is back, Spring Training style.

The Phillies beat the Yankees today at George M. Steinbrenner Field, 5-4. Cole Hamles allowed on unearned run in two innings. Vance Worley, Justin Feierabend, Brian Schlitter, Mike Zagurski and Jason Grilli also pitched.

Charlie Manuel had only a few words after the game, but really there wasn’t much to say. It was the first Grapefruit League game, which means there are 30 more days before the Phillies board a flight to Philadelphia to finish the exhibition schedule with a couple games March 29-30 against the Pirates at Citziens Bank Park.

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Chase Utley is doubtful for Sunday’s game against the Yankees.

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Contract Odds and Ends

The Phillies have reached agreement with almost everybody in camp. Here is a look at some of their recent agreements:

  • Domonic Brown: $89,180 in Minors, $414,000 in Majors. Award bonus: $25,000 for Rookie of the Year.
  • Andrew Carpenter: $67,300 in Minors, $414,000 in Majors.
  • Freddy Galvis: $33,600 in Minors, $414,000 in Majors.
  • Harold Garcia: $33,600 in Minors, $414,000 in Majors.
  • Cesar Hernandez: $33,600 in Minors, $414,000 in Majors.
  • John Mayberry Jr.: $103,969 in Minors, $414,000 in Majors.
  • Carlos Rivero: $67,300 in Minors, $414,000 in Majors.
  • Vance Worley: $67,300 in Minors, $414,000 in Majors.

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Rollins Could Be Back Sunday

Jimmy Rollins can run again, and he could be back in the Phillies lineup Sunday.

Rollins, who has not played since Sept. 8 because of a strained right hamstring, participated in a simulated game yesterday with Greg Dobbs at Citizens Bank Park. Rollins said before tonight’s game against the Mets that he got three hits against right-hander Vance Worley and left-hander Mike Zagurski. He ran the bases and said he felt fine.

Charlie Manuel said he has targeted Sunday for Rollins’ return. If it happens, Rollins would get seven games worth of at-bats to get ready for the postseason. The Phillies entered Friday with a six-game lead over the Braves in the National League East with nine games to play.

“My first game will be a speed adjustment,” Rollins said. “Every time you get back you’re like, this game is pretty fast. It’s like when Chase (Utley) was gone. The first day you get a headache. You’re head is just spinning. Baseball is baseball, but it’s like, golly, things are moving fast. Then you’re fine after that.”

It is uncertain if Manuel will use Rollins as a pinch-hitter Friday or Saturday.

Asked if he could run to second if he hit a ball into the gap, Rollins said he could.

Asked if he could steal a base, he said he could.

“Yeah,” he said. “But would I try? No.”

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Rollins Remains Day to Day with Hamstring Injury

Jimmy Rollins remains day-to-day with tightness in his right hamstring.

He hobbled around the bases in the third inning last night in a 10-6 victory over the Marlins. He reached on a double and scored on a single, clearly having trouble running. Wilson Valdez took his place in the fourth.

Charlie Manuel indicated dehydration could have affected Rollins, who was ill.

“He’s better today,” Ruben Amaro Jr. said today. “I’m not sure when he’s going to play, but he’s better. We don’t think it’s a long term issue.”

Any chance he plays tomorrow night against the New York Mets at Citi Field?

“It’s possible, but he could miss the whole weekend,” Amaro said. “He could play tomorrow. He could play Saturday. He could play Sunday or Monday. I don’t know yet.”

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Amaro said if the Phillies have decided on Saturday’s starter — it’ll be either Kyle Kendrick or Vance Worley — he didn’t know.

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The Phillies cut loose Nate Robertson after last night’s dreadful effort. They also placed Scott Mathieson on the DL.

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Projecting the Rotation

The Phillies have not said if Kyle Kendrick, Vance Worley or Nate Robertson will be pitching Saturday against the Mets at Citi Field.

We know Roy Halladay is pitching Friday and Roy Oswalt is pitching Sunday. That keeps the Phillies in position to set up their rotation so Halladay, Oswalt and Hamels face the Braves in both three-game series against them later this month. Here is how the Phillies could setup their rotation. Days of rest are in parentheses. Four-days rest is normal rest. Five-days rest is an extra day of rest:

  • Monday at FLA: Joe Blanton (5)
  • Tuesday at FLA: Cole Hamels (5)
  • Wedneday at FLA: Roy Halladay (4)
  • Sept. 16: OFF
  • Sept. 17 vs. WASH: Roy Oswalt (4)
  • Sept. 18 vs. WASH: Kendrick, Worley or Robertson (6)
  • Sept. 19 vs. WASH: Blanton (5)
  • Sept. 20 vs. ATL: Hamels (5)
  • Sept. 21 vs. ATL: Halladay (5)
  • Sept. 22 vs. ATL: Oswalt (4)
  • Sept. 23: OFF
  • Sept. 24 vs. NYM: Blanton (4)
  • Sept. 25 vs. NYM: Kendrick, Worley or Robertson (6)
  • Sept. 26 vs. NYM: Hamels (5)
  • Sept. 27 at WASH: Halladay (5)
  • Sept. 28 at WASH: Oswalt (5)
  • Sept. 29 at WASH: Blanton (4)
  • Sept. 30: OFF
  • Oct. 1: Hamels (4)
  • Oct. 2: Halladay (4)
  • Oct. 3: Oswalt (4)

The way this sets up, no Phillies pitcher will have to pitch on short rest down the stretch. It also gives the big guns most of the starts with the fifth starter getting just three.

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Offense Shows A Flash

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The Phillies showed they still have some life in their bats last night in Game 2 of a doubleheader against the Marlins.

They have averaged 4.59 runs per game this season, which surprisingly ranks fifth in the National League. They led the league in runs per game in 2009, averaging 5.06. They ranked second in 2008, averaging 4.93. They ranked first in 2007 (5.51) and 2006 (5.34) and second in 2005 (4.98). You have to go back to 2002 to find a Phillies offense that averaged fewer runs than the 2010 Phillies. The 2002 Phillies ranked seventh in the league, averaging 4.41 runs per game.

This is what the Phillies offense is — it’s the first week of September, not the first week of June — so nights when they score one or two runs should no longer be a surprise. In the past the offense carried the Phillies into the postseason. But unless something dramatic happens the final month of the season, pitching is going to have to carry them into the postseason this year. 

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Charlie Manuel dropped Jimmy Rollins to fifth in the lineup in Game 2. Rollins has been struggling lately, and for much of the season. According to Fangraphs.com, Rollins has hit line drives only 16.8 percent of the time this season, the lowest level of his career. He has hit infield pop flys 10.5 percent of the time. That is lower than 2008 (11.8 percent) and 2009 (13.7 percent), but higher than his 2007 MVP season (7.5 percent).

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Vance Worley pitched OK in Game 1, but did he pitch good enough to bump Kyle Kendrick from the rotation? Manuel and Rich Dubee are down on Kendrick after the way he pitched Prince Fielder on Sunday, so it will be very interesting to see what they do.

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Roy Roy Roy

The ball remains in Roy Oswalt‘s court.

The Astros have a deal in place to trade Oswalt to the Phillies. Oswalt just needs to waive his no-trade clause, a person close to the negotiations told MLB.com. The teams have agreed upon the amount of money from Oswalt’s contract the Astros will absorb and the players Houston will get in return.

It is widely believed J.A. Happ will be in the deal.

The Astros have liked Class A Lakewood first baseman Jonathan Singleton, but the Phillies have been reluctant to give him up. There are reports the Astros are kicking in anywhere from $10 to $12 million to make the deal happen, indicating a top prospect like Singleton could be included. But FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal has reported that Singleton is NOT in the deal. Vance Worley‘s name also has been mentioned, but that has not been confirmed.

Oswalt is owed about $5 million this year and will make $16 million next season in the last year of his contract. But there is a club option for 2012 that would pay him another $16 million. He said last week the option wouldn’t be an issue when it came to approving a trade.

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