Phillies Notes: Phillies like their coaches, but will all return?

Ruben Amaro Jr. said he was pleased with the job Sam Perlozzo (above) did as first base coach this year. (Yong Kim/Staff file photo)
Ruben Amaro Jr. said he was pleased with the job Sam Perlozzo (above) did as first base coach this year. (Yong Kim/Staff file photo)
Posted: September 27, 2011

ATLANTA - Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. made it clear he's pleased with the job the coaches have done when he said Monday that each of them have been asked to return for the 2012 season.

"Hopefully they all accept," he said. "That doesn't always happen."

Amaro does anticipate another team will show interest in one of the Phillies coaches for a manager's position. Amaro wouldn't say, but it seems logical that Pete Mackanin would be a candidate because he's the team's bench coach.

Amaro said he was pleased with the job Sam Perlozzo did succeeding the highly respected Davey Lopes as first base coach this season. Perlozzo was the third-base coach last year. Lopes was considered an expert in the art of base-stealing, a role Perlozzo had to fill this year.

"I think Sammy built a relationship with our guys, and I think he did well," Amaro said.

If one of the coaches does leave, Ryne Sandberg might be first in line for the opening. Sandberg drew high praise from Amaro for the job he did as manager at triple-A Lehigh Valley. Sandberg was on a one-year deal.

"I thought Ryne was fantastic," Amaro said. "Hopefully for him, he'll get an opportunity to be a major-league coach or manager. I'm certain he has the ability to do that. For his sake, I hope people come calling for him. For our sake, I hope they don't."

Blanton in mix

Both Amaro and manager Charlie Manuel said the Phillies will likely carry 11 pitchers on the 25-man postseason roster, which should be encouraging news for Joe Blanton.

Blanton pitched two strong innings and struck out three Saturday night against the Mets. In four brief appearances since he came off the disabled list two weeks ago, Blanton has allowed one run and struck out seven in five innings.

Blanton spent most of the season on the DL because of elbow inflammation. His big-game experience could make him a more attractive choice for the 11th spot than David Herndon.

"He's definitely put himself in the mix. There's no question about that," Amaro said.

Blanton's fate could be determined during the current three-game series against the Braves.

"I like where he's at right now as far as what he's been through," Manuel said. "He's throwing better than we probably expected."

On hold

Reliever Joe Savery and Justin De Fratus and outfielder Domonic Brown will go to Clearwater to stay in game-shape in case the Phillies need to replace a player on the 25-man playoff roster.

Reliever Michael Schwimer and outfielder Brandon Moss will return home following the regular season.

Even though Brown hasn't played since he was recalled from Lehigh Valley Sept. 17, Amaro said he's benefiting from being with the Phillies. Third base coach Juan Samuel has been helping Brown make the transition to left field from right.

"I think it's a good time for him to be here. I think it was a good learning tool for him last year. I think it's a good learning tool for him this year," Amaro said. "He needs to know he's a big part of our future. That was part of it. Right now, we need other guys to play. Right now, he's not a guy we're considering for our postseason roster, at least not at the outset."

Special achievement

According to Elias Sports Bureau, Roy Halladay will be the sixth pitcher in major-league history to finish seven games over .500 in each of seven or more consecutive seasons. The five other pitchers who did it are in the Hall of Fame. The last to do it was Lefty Grove from 1927-33.


Contact staff writer Ray Parrillo at rparrillo@phillynews.com or @rayparrilloinq on Twitter.

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