Results tagged ‘ Wilson Valdez ’

It’s Pence Bobble Head Night

MLB.com’s Jake Kaplan has an interesting note on tonight being Hunter Pence bobble headed night, despite the fact he has been traded.

When you think about it, what in the world are going to do with 45,000 Pence bobble heads? Might as well give them away.

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My two cents: I’ve got to say I think it’s absolutely crazy fans cheer Wilson Valdez like a former National League MVP while somebody like Greg Dobbs, who was one of the best pinch-hitters in baseball for a period and helped the Phillies win the 2008 World Series, hears boos. If anything both should hear cheers or get no reaction at all. I mean, Valdez had a nice season for a utility infielder in 2010 (.667 OPS). Dobbs had a .780 OPS in 2007 and an .824 OPS in 2008.

Hamels, Valdez Agree to Deals, Avoid Arbitration

The Phillies and Cole Hamels avoided salary arbitration today when they agreed to a one-year, $15 million contract, according to a source.

The Phillies also reached an agreement on a $930,000 contract with infielder Wilson Valdez, who was eligible for salary arbitration.

Hunter Pence remains the only Phillies player still eligible for salary arbitration, although an agreement can be reached up until the moment the team and player are supposed to meet with arbiters.

UPDATE. Incentives for Hamels and Valdez:

Hamels: $100,000 for MVP ($75,000 second, $50,000 third), $250,000 Cy Young ($150,000 second, $100,000 third), $100,000 World Series MVP, $50,000 League Championship Series MVP, $50,000 Gold Glove, $50,000 Silver Slugger, $50,000 All-Star.

Valdez: $25,000 Gold Glove, $25,000 Silver Slugger, $25,000 All-Star.

Phillies, Kendrick Avoid Arbitration

The Phillies and Kyle Kendrick have agreed to a one-year, $3.585 million contract.

Kendrick had been eligible for salary arbitration.

Kendrick, 27, went 8-6 with a 3.22 ERA in 34 games (15 starts) last season. He proved to be a valuable piece to the pitching staff, moving back and forth from the bullpen to the rotation because of injuries to Roy Oswalt and Joe Blanton. in ERA and games.

The Phillies have three remaining arbitration-eligible players: Cole Hamels, Hunter Pence and Wilson Valdez.

UPDATED. Here are the bonuses in Kendrick’s deal: $25,000 for All-Star, $25,000 for LCS MVP, $50,000 for World Series MVP, $50,000 for Cy Young or Rolaids Relief Man (or $25,000 for second or $15,000 for third).

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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Next 24 to 48 Hours Big for Rollins

Jimmy Rollins could be headed to the disabled list after all.

Rollins received a MRI exam on his right knee yesterday. Results showed he had a “pretty significant bone bruise,” according to Ruben Amaro Jr. He said bruising on soft tissue has caused some inflammation. The Phillies will know if Rollins is a DL candidate in the next 24 to 48 hours.

“He got himself pretty good,” Amaro said.

Rollins fouled a ball off his knee Saturday in Pittsburgh. He played two more innings before leaving the game. He has not appeared in three games since with Wilson Valdez playing shortstop.

“He improved a lot from Sunday to Monday,” Amaro said.

The question is how much he will improve from Tuesday to Wednesday or Thursday?

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Wilson!

I think these four pictures capture the night last night at Citizens Bank Park. Love the first one with Wilson Valdez (as a pitcher), Carlos Ruiz (as a third baseman) and Dane Sardinha conferencing on the mound. But not to be forgotten (and not pictured) is the incredible job Danys Baez did. Five scoreless innings. Five. Unbelievable.

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Welcome to Atlanta

Welcome to Turner Field …

Here is tonight’s lineup vs. Atlanta:

  1. Shane Victorino, CF
  2. Placido Polanco, 3B
  3. Jimmy Rollins, SS
  4. Ryan Howard, 1B
  5. Ben Francisco, RF
  6. Raul Ibanez, LF
  7. Carlos Ruiz, C
  8. Wilson Valdez, 2B
  9. Cliff Lee, P

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Valdez went 4 for 4 with three runs scored in yesterday’s 11-0 victory over the Mets. He is the first No. 8 hitter to have four or more hits and score three or more runs for the Phillies since Steve Lake on June 30, 1991, against the Mets. Valdez also had three RBIs yesterday. He is the first No. 8 hitter to have four or more hits, score three or more runs nad have three or more RBIs since Larry Bowa on June 22, 1977 vs. Cincinnati. … The Phillies caught a break when Dennys Reyes failed his physical over the winter. The Phillies pulled back on a contract agreement, and he later signed for $900,000 with the Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox just designated him for assignment.

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Week One A Good One

It’s only one week, but …

- The Phillies are second in the National League in scoring with 43 runs. The Reds lead with 45. Third place? The Mets with 31.

- The Phillies lead the league in batting (.353) and on-base percentage (.407).

- They are second in slugging percentage (.498).

- Ryan Howard, Placido Polanco, Scott Rolen and Neil Walker are tied for the league lead with eight RBIs.

- Howard (.480) is second, Polanco (.440) is fourth, Wilson Valdez (.429) is sixth and Jimmy Rollins (.375) is 12th in batting.

Is this a sign of things to come or just a hot week? We’ll find out, but I think Phillies fans would agree this is better than the alternative (the Cardinals have scored just 15 runs in their first six games).

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Roy Halladay looks like he’s in midseason form … Should be a good test for the Phillies this weekend in Atlanta … More from Atlanta later …

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Castillo Expected, But Not In Camp

This is not the first impression Luis Castillo needed to make.

He had nine games to earn a spot on the Phillies’ 25-man roster since signing a Minor League contract yesterday.

It’s down to eight, maybe seven.

The Phillies said yesterday morning they expected Castillo to arrive in Clearwater yesterday afternoon. When I stepped into the clubhouse this morning the Phillies had Castillo hitting second and playing second base today against the Blue Jays in Dunedin. He had a locker between Placido Polanco and Raul Ibanez. He had a number: 3. But about 30 minutes later Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin unpinned the lineup card from the bulletin board, took out some Wite-Out and and removed Castillo’s name from the lineup. He wrote Wilson Valdez‘s name in his place.

Why?

Castillo is not in camp.

He apparently could not make the journey from Miami in time, despite reaching agreement with the Phillies on Sunday night.

Interestingly, Mackanin later posted tomorrow’s lineup against the Rays in Port Charlotte. Castillo is not in that lineup, either. That does not mean he cannot play tomorrow. He could, but for the moment his name is not listed anywhere on the lineup card.

ESPN Deportes said Castillo is flying from Miami to Tampa, and could play in a Minor League game.

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Castillo Agrees to Minor League Deal

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Luis Castillo has agreed to a Minor League contract with the Phillies, although it is not finalized, a source said tonight.

The Mets released Castillo on Friday and the Phillies immediately expressed interest. Castillo cleared waivers this afternoon.

Interesting move.

The Minor League contract certainly suggests the Phillies are not prepared to just hand a Castillo a job. He will have to earn one, although there is not much time. Just 12 days remain before Opening Day.

If the Phillies had offered Castillo a Major League contract they would be on the hook for $414,000 of his $6 million salary, regardless of his ability to play. The Minor League deal guarantees Castillo even less money, which means if the Phillies feel Castillo cannot play they can let him go at little cost. Of course, if they decide he can help and place him on the 25-man roster they would have to pay him $414,000.

But repeat: If he cannot play the Phillies are on the hook for less than $414,000. How much less? I’m not sure, but it’s a low-risk, high-reward move the Phillies like to make. If he can play, bonus. If he can’t, buy-bye.

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