June 19, 2014 |
A housecleaning still appears to be on the near horizon for the Phillies even as they hang within striking distance of first place in the National League's most mediocre division. "Well, I don't think they're going to be able to compete for a playoff spot this year, and I think they're slowly coming to that realization," a baseball scout said Tuesday. "Given the lack of depth in their upper minor-league system, I think they really need to move some guys and try to reload. " He is not alone in that opinion.
August 16, 2015 |
MILWAUKEE - Chase Utley prepared on Friday afternoon just as he does for every other game. He watched loops of video in the center of the clubhouse. He took his swings in Miller Park's indoor batting cage. Then some more hacks on the field as the hours ticked down to the start of a 3-1 loss to the Brewers. They were just fleeting moments at the beginning of another day. But they could also be some of the final images of Utley's career in Philadelphia. Trade rumors swirled this week around Utley after he cleared waivers, making it possible for him to be traded to any team as long as Utley approves.
November 3, 2009 |
Charlie Manuel was smiling in his office, 16 hours after his team handed the New York Yankees a nearly insurmountable lead in the World Series. "I feel fine," the Phillies' manager said, leaning back in the chair behind his desk. "Ready to go. Looking forward to it. . . . We came to the ballpark to win today. " On this team, Manuel sets the mood. The manager did not need to hold a meeting or deliver a speech; his players knew him too well. They knew that he expected them to worry only about playing a focused baseball game, and have fun doing it. That in-the-moment mind-set has always been the team's strength during the Manuel era, and it allowed the Phils to extend their season last night.
June 27, 2012 |
Chase Utley acknowledged that he is an optimist, only because he has felt nothing to dissuade him from that positivity. So the Phillies second baseman, nearing a return to the majors, sounded as upbeat as ever on Monday. On the eve of what is likely his final rehabilitation game, Utley said his troublesome knees feel better than they have in "a few years. " He believes they can be even stronger eventually. And he likely will bat third Wednesday night for Charlie Manuel's last-place Phillies, who desperately need anything resembling a boost.
March 24, 2012 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The red No. 26 bag was still hanging to the left of the locker, right where Chase Utley left it last weekend. The two dangling hats and stacks of black bats were untouched, too. There was no sign of any activity, and Phillies officials were reluctant to even confirm Utley's presence at camp following a visit to an unknown specialist in an unidentified location. "I haven't seen him," Charlie Manuel said, "but someone said he came here. " Secrecy shrouds the status of Utley's chronically injured knees and what consequences it could have on the Phillies' roster in the short and long term.
June 12, 2012 |
Chase Utley's rehab clock officially starts ticking at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The Phillies announced Monday that their second baseman will begin his minor-league rehabilitation assignment when the single-A Clearwater Threshers play the Tampa Yankees on Tuesday night at Bright House Field. Utley will be Clearwater's designated hitter. Utley, out since the start of the season because of chronic soreness in both his knees, begins his rehab assignment nine days after he went to Clearwater and played in two extended spring-training games over a three-day period.
April 3, 2013 |
ATLANTA - It was more than two hours before game time, and the first player to emerge in the visitors dugout at Turner Field was Chase Utley. The Phillies' five-time all-star second baseman was not going to miss this opening day. Not after missing the last two. Not after starting his preparation for this season almost immediately after the end of last season. There was a look in Utley's eyes Monday as he leaned on the dugout railing and awaited the team's stretch exercises in preparation for his first opening day since 2010.
April 24, 2015 |
CHASE UTLEY stepped into the batter's box in the first inning of last night's game looking for his first hit in over a week. He still stepped up to the plate in his traditional third spot in the Phillies' batting order, because manager Ryne Sandberg has been pleased with Utley's approach, despite his ugly numbers through the first two weeks of the season. Utley entered the day hitting .109 (5-for-46). Among the 193 qualifying major league hitters, only Houston's Chris Carter (.089)
May 22, 2015 |
DENVER - Despite losing two of their last three games at Coors Field, splitting a four-game series with the Colorado Rockies, one of three teams in the National League with fewer wins than they have, the Phillies left the first leg of their 10-game, three-city trip in good spirits. The way they saw it, following a 7-3 defeat yesterday in Denver, they have still won seven of their last nine games entering the holiday weekend in Washington. Before yesterday, they had scored four or more runs in seven straight games, their longest such streak in four seasons.
August 5, 2015 |
THE FIRST significant step of the Phillies' rebuilding project that underwent a major facelift in the last week began seven months ago, when franchise icon Jimmy Rollins was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers a week before Christmas. Rollins arrives back at Citizens Bank Park for the first time since the deal tonight. The former MVP, franchise hit king, and longtime ignitor atop the Phillies' lineup is likely in line for a roaring, standing ovation at the 12-year-old ballpark. Despite a rough first season in LA - his .216 batting average is tied for the worst in baseball among 111 qualifying hitters - Rollins has maintained his starting job at shortstop, apparently because the Dodgers value his defense, veteran leadership and experience in a pennant race.