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April 1, 2014 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
WHEN WE'RE talking about the health of a rotation, the perfect season goes something like this: 33-33-32-32-32. That's 162 starts split among five players. It hasn't happened in the history of the National League. Last season, no team in the NL had more than three starters finish with 32 starts. Pitchers get hurt. That's what they do, because the body wasn't designed for throwing overhand. I'm guessing you see where this is going, so let's skip the pleasantries. The Phillies are one significant pitching injury away from disaster.
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March 31, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Spring training, manager Ryne Sandberg said, was a time to preach fundamentals. The relentless Phillies coaching staff fired grounders at the infielders. Pregame drills were performed at game speed, and players noted the difference in intensity. Still, there was one principle they forgot, and the four-word reminder was tacked to corkboards at the clubhouse's entrances in mid-March. "Please Wash Your Hands," it said. More than a dozen Phillies were sick with flu symptoms.
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March 29, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Reports earlier this spring about the Phillies were dire, with the narrative of an aging team that has passed its prime and is ready for another plummeting season. And while few are picking the Phillies to be a postseason team following a 73-89 season, two scouts who have seen them extensively this spring have a slightly more optimistic look. Both think the Phillies can be competitive - but only if they stay healthy. The scouts (Scout 1 and Scout 2 because they requested anonymity)
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March 29, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - While the Phillies played their final spring game in Florida, a 3-0 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays at Bright House Field on Thursday, Cole Hamels was next door at the minor-league complex beginning his journey back to the rotation. Recovering from biceps tendinitis and a fatigued arm, Hamels made his first start this spring in a game against Pittsburgh Pirates minor-leaguers. Hamels pitched two innings, although traditional rules did not hold. He wanted to face more batters, so he recorded four outs in the first inning and five outs in the second.
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March 28, 2014 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The national anthem ended as the slender lefty prepared to take the mound for his second inning of work, the final few notes drifting across the palm trees and chain-link fences that serve as an unofficial barrier between majors and minors. For most of the next month, this will be the site of Cole Hamels' spring training. He flew north with the team yesterday and will be present for Opening Day in Arlington on Monday. At the moment, though, his most meaningful contribution to the Phillies' long-term prospects will be the progress he makes in working his arm back into regular-season shape.
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March 26, 2014 | By Marc Narducci and Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writers
DUNEDIN, Fla. - The Phillies bench situation continues to be a work in progress. Former Phillie and non-roster outfielder Bobby Abreu, who earlier had seemed assured of making the team, has a sore shoulder. He did not take batting practice on Monday for the second straight day. The Phillies must add Abreu to the roster by Wednesday or he can request his release. He is 40 and did not play in the majors last season. Manager Ryne Sandberg is optimistic that Abreu can return Tuesday.
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March 24, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
BRADENTON, Fla. - Cole Hamels was encouraged on Saturday after throwing batting practice for the first time this spring. Hamels threw two innings, consisting of 15 pitches each, at Bright House Field. He rested after the first 15 pitches, simulating game conditions, and then resumed, throwing his final 15 pitches. Hamels, recovering from biceps tendinitis and a fatigued arm, faced two minor-leaguers, lefthander Brock Stassi, and righthander Tyler Henson. "I feel great," Hamels said afterward.
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March 21, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
DUNEDIN, Fla. - Cole Hamels will not be pitching in a game in Clearwater before the Phillies leave camp next week. That's not entirely surprising news, given his slow progress this spring. Yesterday morning, with a week and a day remaining until camp breaks, Hamels threw "about 40-45" pitches in his third bullpen session since being temporarily shut down earlier this month. He said it went "really well. " Nearly 2 weeks removed from admitting he wasn't strong enough to face hitters, complaining of fatigue slowing his spring- training progression, Hamels gave himself the green light to do just that this weekend.
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March 21, 2014 | By Marc Narducci and Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writers
DUNEDIN, Fla. - Cole Hamels said he felt optimistic after a bullpen session Wednesday morning at Bright House Field that included every pitch but his curveball. The lefthander is not expected to return to action until May because of biceps tendinitis and a fatigued arm. "It went really well," Hamels said. "I am pleased with now being able to build up my pitch count. " Hamels estimated that he threw 40 to 45 pitches. This was Hamels' third bullpen session after an 11-day layoff earlier while he was battling fatigue.
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March 19, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Clubhouse attendants yanked the fresh Phillies green caps and jerseys from lockers Monday and stored them for Thursday. St. Patrick's Day was postponed for three days. A few Phillies pitchers scrambled through the raindrops to the minor-league complex for indoor simulated games. It felt longer than two weeks until opening day. So manager Ryne Sandberg decided it was time to reveal a not-so-secret nomination. Cliff Lee will start March 31 at Globe Life Park opposite the Texas Rangers and Yu Darvish.
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