October 19, 2012
TYSON BRUMMETT'S brief Phillies career is over. Brummett, 28, who made his major league debut in the last game of the season, was claimed off waivers Thursday by the Toronto Blue Jays. Before joining the Phillies for the last three games, Brummett went 5-6 with a 3.20 ERA in 44 games between Double A Reading and Triple A Lehigh Valley in 2012. A seventh-round pick in the 2007 draft, Brummett went 26-47 with a 4.52 ERA in six minor league seasons in the Phillies organization. The Phillies' 40-man roster stands at 37 after Brummett, catcher Steven Lerud and infielder Pete Orr were removed Thursday.
October 8, 2012 |
Looking forward is always preferable to looking back after a disappointing season, and the Phillies jumped right into their offseason overhaul with an immediate shuffle of the coaching staff. "I'm kind of one of those guys who tries to look forward," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said before the penultimate game of the season in Washington. "I try not to look back unless I think I can learn something from it. There are moves that we make when they work out well and ones that don't work out well that you can learn from.
September 24, 2012 |
A day after Roy Halladay failed to finish two innings and revealed that he had visited a doctor before his start, there was little clarity on the pitcher's status. When asked what his rotation would be after Monday's day off, pitching coach Rich Dubee said, "I don't know yet. " The team's official game notes listed Cole Hamels as Tuesday's starter against Washington, Kyle Kendrick slotted for Wednesday and "TBA" on Thursday. Tyler Cloyd's scheduled day is Wednesday, so the Phillies already made one shuffle by inserting Kendrick there.
September 9, 2012 |
Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz thought his season might be over, but during the team's recent six-game road trip to Atlanta and Cincinnati, he saw progress in his injured foot, and now he has been activated from the disabled list. The Phillies activated Ruiz before Friday's game with the Colorado Rockies and placed third baseman Placido Polanco on the 15-day disabled list with lower back inflammation. Ruiz last played on Aug. 2 before being sidelined by plantar fasciitis in his left foot.
September 2, 2012
Bob Uecker finally got a primo spot at Milwaukee's Miller Park. Although it's not in the first row, it's near Hank Aaron, Robin Yount, and Bud Selig, albeit outside the stadium. The Brewers on Friday honored the former catcher in a befitting manner: With a 7-foot bronze statue of the jocular broadcaster with his hands in his pockets. Master of ceremonies Bob Costas put the entire event into perspective with: "We are here somehow, for some reason, to unveil a monument to a man with a lifetime batting average of exactly .200, 14 career home runs in seven big-league seasons with six different teams.
August 29, 2012 |
BRETT ANDERSON gave up two hits, one on a questionable call, over seven innings as the visiting Oakland Athletics beat the Cleveland Indians, 3-0, on Monday night. Oakland came in one-half game behind Tampa Bay in the AL wild-card race and earned its ninth win in 11 games. The Rays lost to Texas, 6-5. The Indians lost starter Roberto Hernandez (0-3) after 2 1/3 innings with a sprained right ankle and fell to 5-24 since July 27. Anderson (2-0), in his second start since returning from Tommy John surgery in July 2011, retired the first 13 batters until Michael Brantley was ruled safe with an infield hit in the fifth inning.
August 29, 2012
David Ortiz doesn't want his season - and possibly his Red Sox career - to end on the disabled list. The Red Sox placed Ortiz back on the 15-day disabled list Monday after just one game back because of lingering problems with a strained right Achilles tendon, but the DH said he hopes to play again this season. Speaking to reporters before the club's home game against Kansas City, Ortiz expressed his desire to return this season, and beyond. The 36-year-old Ortiz said he'll have an injection in the next day or so and hopes to return in September.
August 26, 2012 |
The cruelty of a lost season in Philadelphia has benefited Erik Kratz, a journeyman catcher almost elevated to cult status. Now, for the first time in his career, Kratz is an everyday player in the majors. The Phillies placed Brian Schneider on the disabled list Friday with a strained hamstring, ending a platoon behind the plate. It's Kratz's job for the foreseeable future. "I think it's good for Kratzy," manager Charlie Manuel said. "I think he can handle that. I think that he can do it. I said before that we can beat him up. " To replace Schneider on the roster, the Phillies dipped into double-A Reading for Steven Lerud, a 27-year-old with only nine career triple-A games and zero time in the majors.
August 25, 2012
Wednesday night was a tough one for Joe Girardi. The Yankees manager interrupted his own postgame interview to confront a shouting White Sox fan. As reported by the New York Post, the scene took place in the bowels of U.S. Cellular Field after New York's 2-1 loss. Reporters gathered around Girardi to discuss the Yankees' three-game sweep by the White Sox. Girardi fielded a question, when a voice emerged from behind the media throng - a fan talking trash about the Yankees.
August 24, 2012 |
Third baseman Kevin Frandsen continues to make the most of his opportunity for extended playing time with the Phillies, but it might not have worked out that way if Ryne Sandberg, his manager at triple-A Lehigh Valley, did not display patience at the start of the season. Frandsen went 3 for 4 with a triple and made an outstanding defensive play in Tuesday's 5-4 loss to the Cincinnati Reds, but he was replaced by Placido Polanco in Wednesday's starting lineup. Manager Charlie Manuel said when Polanco returned from the disabled list on Monday that his two third basemen would likely alternate days in the beginning.