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March 13, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Cliff Lee climbed back atop a mound yesterday morning, 5 days after feeling pain in his left elbow. The pain is still there. "I got through it," Lee said. "There's still something there . . . If it starts to progress worse, then obviously that's a pretty telling sign. If it maintains how it is, then I'll keep going. " Lee remains ready to attempt to pitch through a tear of the common flexor tendon, with the very real possibility that the pain that he first felt 10 months ago never goes away and that his 2015 season will end before it has a chance to begin, with a corrective surgical procedure.
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March 13, 2015 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Cole Hamels does not look at Cliff Lee and see himself - not yet anyway. He does not watch Lee have a soft catch with bullpen coach Rod Nichols, as Lee did Wednesday morning, and worry that he, too, will someday feel a twinge in his left elbow that tells him his career is in jeopardy. Lee is Lee, 36 years old, the twilight coming faster for him, and Hamels is Hamels, 31 and moving through his annual rite of preseason preparation without trouble. He has no time or inclination to wonder when he will begin to break down like his teammate has. "We're playing a game in a small window, and you want to maximize that window of time for as long as you can - and especially to play it at the highest level," Hamels said Wednesday after throwing three innings in the Phillies' 3-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
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March 12, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Six days ago, the Phillies were pinning their hopes of being a surprise, sleeper team on the left arm of a man who hadn't thrown in a game since July. After suffering a setback, there's a decent chance Cliff Lee won't pitch at all in 2015. So now the Phillies are hoping a guy who is coming off two surgeries and has logged all of 12 major league innings since 2012 can fill in for Lee. And the one pitcher in camp who is older and who has pitched in more games than Lee. And the International Man of Mystery, too, for good measure.
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March 12, 2015 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
CLEARWATER, Fla. - I said this a couple of days ago, but it's worth reiterating in the wake of yesterday's news that Cliff Lee will attempt to pitch through a flexor tendon tear: What's done is done. The Phillies cannot panic and trade Cole Hamels for the best offer currently on the table, because those offers will get better. They have to get better. Maybe not to the point where the Phillies would like, but certainly better than a month ago, when Ruben Amaro Jr. said he'd received bids from four teams, none of which came close to his asking price.
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March 10, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - Trade speculation surrounding Cole Hamels will persist until the Phillies pull the trigger on a deal. That may not come until closer to baseball's July 31 trade deadline. But according to Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. on Sunday, one club has in the last couple of days "stepped up and has shown more particular interest" in the prized lefthander. Such a vague comment could be taken a multitude of ways but is certainly notable on a weekend when one potential Hamels suitor lost its ace and a published report pegged the New York Yankees as another.
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March 9, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CLEARWATER, Fla. - While Freddy Galvis enjoys his first spring as a starter and Darin Ruf tries to take advantage of a chance for more playing time, and pitchers such as Phillippe Aumont and Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez attempt to get something out of their gifted-yet-flawed arms, the Phillies veterans continue to be somewhat out of place in Camp Clearwater. They all said the right things upon checking into Bright House Field in the last 3 weeks - except for lefthander Cole Hamels, in an interview published just before camp - but they undoubtedly would rather play for a team with serious World Series aspirations than for an organization that committed to a rebuild this offseason.
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March 8, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - A pair of Bright House Field groundskeepers manicured the pitching mound Friday afternoon, drying the dirt and briefly delaying Cole Hamels from warming up before the second inning of his spring training debut. It was the lone hitch for Hamels, who sped through the first two innings of a 4-1 loss to the New York Yankees. He threw 31 pitches, 22 for strikes. The lefthander was on the mound for less than 10 minutes. Heavy rain forced a 50-minute delay, but held off just long enough for Hamels to complete two scoreless innings.
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March 4, 2015 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
CLEARWATER, Fla. - In advance of today's Grapefruit League opener, let's take a look at some things that we've learned about this team over the first couple weeks of spring training. 1 Here's a fun game: Take a pencil and a piece of paper and attempt to construct the Phillies' Opening Day batting order. I'll wait. (Waits). Now let's compare answers. Here's the best I could do: 1. Ben Revere CF 2. Carlos Ruiz C 3. Chase Utley 2B 4. Ryan Howard 1B 5. Darin Ruf LF 6. Cody Asche 3B 7. Domonic Brown RF 8. Freddy Galvis SS If you are anything like me, this exercise served to reinforce one of the long-standing quirks of the Phillies' lineup: Man, is it lefthanded.
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February 26, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Although the Phillies did not appear to make a serious run at 19-year-old Cuban infielder Yoan Moncada, his reported deal with the Boston Red Sox could affect the Phils in the coming months. Boston's addition of Moncada, who Monday reportedly agreed to a $31.5 million signing bonus, deepens the Red Sox prospect pool. It's possible the Red Sox could intensify their pursuit of Cole Hamels as the July 31 trade deadline gets close. At that point, an abundance of prospects could make Boston the front-runner to land the Phillies ace. Moncada will join a talent pool already consisting of touted catcher Blake Swihart and 6-foot-6 lefthander Henry Owens.
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February 24, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Before departing for Clearwater, Ruben Amaro Jr. reached out to Ryan Howard and asked him to come into the office. Within the last 2 weeks, the embattled general manager spoke with the beleaguered first baseman. Amaro, mainly, wanted to make amends for comments he made concerning Howard's place on the team 2 months ago. "Frankly, I apologized for those comments that I made that were public," Amaro said. "And I think he appreciated that. Other than that, I want to keep the conversation private.
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