August 20, 2008 |
Wagner's woes The Mets' imploding bullpen got some alarming news yesterday: Closer Billy Wagner, who has been on the disabled list since Aug. 5, still has pain and swelling in his left elbow and needs more rest before he can resume throwing. Wagner had an MRI exam that revealed additional inflammation in his elbow. The NL East leaders don't know when Wagner might be able to return this season - if at all. New York has struggled to close out games without Wagner. Aaron Heilman has been getting the most opportunities to finish games, and entering last night, had three saves in four chances this month with a 12.91 ERA. Joining Gibson?
August 30, 2008 |
Pat Gillick said he wasn't too concerned. He said the bullpen's blowing five leads in the eighth inning in the last two weeks has been blown out of proportion. "Sometimes you run into a bump in the road," he said before the Phillies' 3-2 loss to the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field yesterday. "I don't think it's anything to be alarmed about. If you want to say it's something you're looking at to improve, yeah, you're looking to improve it. But as far as being alarmed? These guys have done it. " Still, the Phillies are looking for bullpen help before tomorrow's waiver trade deadline.
April 8, 2005 |
Sean Doolittle, the Shawnee High graduate who was The Inquirer's South Jersey baseball player of the year during his junior and senior seasons, is off to a strong start at the University of Virginia. The 6-foot-2, 175-pound freshman lefthander was 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA in his first eight appearances, including one start. In 17 1/3 innings, Doolittle had allowed just 11 hits while striking out 25 and walking five; opponents were hitting .186 against him. Doolittle, who also plays first base, was hitting .301 with a team-high six home runs in 28 games.
December 10, 2009 |
The Milwaukee Brewers landed a pair of free-agent pitchers yesterday, reaching agreements with starter Randy Wolf and reliever LaTroy Hawkins, two people familiar with the negotiations told the Associated Press. Wolf's deal is worth $29.75 million over 3 years and includes a $10 million option for 2013, one of the people said. Hawkins will get $7.5 million over two seasons, the other person said. Both agreements are subject to completion of final details, the sources said.
January 15, 2009
Excerpt from a post by David Murphy on the Daily News Phillies blog, High Cheese, at go.philly.com/highcheese: THE PHILLIES got a taste of Derek Lowe in the playoffs last season. Now, they will get to see plenty more of him this season as the Atlanta Braves finalized a 4-year, $60 million agreement with the veteran righthander. It is now apparent why the Phillies never seemed to be serious players for Lowe, despite their interest in bringing the sinker-baller to the friendly confines of Citizens Bank Park.
March 17, 2007 |
Does anybody want a job? The Phillies played their 16th Grapefruit League game yesterday, a 12-9 loss to the Detroit Tigers at Joker Marchant Stadium, and so far manager Charlie Manuel hasn't seen anybody step forward to claim one of the available jobs in the bullpen. So far, he has seen nothing that makes him feel confident about handing the ball from a starter to a reliever come April 2. "I'm concerned about it," Manuel said, "but we talked about that in the winter.
July 8, 2004 |
Larry Bowa reclined in his office chair yesterday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park, where a visitor asked him what it will take to win the National League East with four teams so close to first place. "The team that pitches the best and stays healthy," he responded without missing a beat. Could be trouble for the Phillies then. "We still have a whole half to go," Bowa replied. He said that before the New York Mets crushed the Phillies last night, 10-1, in a game delayed 1 hour, 34 minutes because of rain.
August 15, 2011 |
Cole Hamels' tight left shoulder in his last start Friday against the Washington Nationals became enough of a concern Monday that he underwent an MRI examination, according to a report on csnphilly.com. Attempts to confirm that report through the Phillies were unsuccessful. Hamels, 13-7 with a 2.62 ERA, is in the midst of his best season, but after allowing three runs on six hits and four walks in Friday's loss to the Nationals, he said he had trouble getting loose. Hamels shrugged off the problem as nothing major.
May 1, 2011
Pitch counts are way cool. We have no idea who invented this baseball statistic, but it has grown enough in prominence that it has its own Wikipedia page, a sure sign that the people out there in cyberspace believe it is a very important thing. At the risk of relaying misinformation, Wikipedia tells us that "pitch counts are especially a concern for young pitchers, pitchers recovering from injury, or pitchers who have a history of injuries. " Citation needed. Here is more from Wikipedia: "Before pitch counts became prominent in the 1980s, a pitcher pitched until he could no longer get anyone out or the game was over.
August 9, 1995 |
California's Tony Phillips began serving a three-game suspension last night. Phillips was suspended by American League president Gene Budig for a June 8 fight with Boston's Mike Macfarlane. Florida traded Bobby Witt to Texas for two players to be named. The righthander is 2-7 with a 3.90 ERA in 19 starts this season but has a 1.96 ERA since the all-star break. Frank Thomas walked for the 95th and 96th times this season, most in the majors, in Chicago's 6-4 loss to Seattle on Monday night.