June 21, 1993 |
For nearly two months, the people feeling pain were their National League East opponents. Suddenly, though, a Phillie seems to get nicked or bruised in every game. Yesterday's victim du jour was Mariano Duncan, who hurt his right hamstring on John Kruk's game-winning homer and had to be replaced by Joe Millette. "When I was between second and third I felt it," Duncan said. Phils manager Jim Fregosi said Duncan would be examined today, but the shortstop said he did not plan on missing any time.
April 14, 1995 |
Mariano Duncan - embarrassed, according to his agent, by a contract that could pay him nearly $2 million less than 1994 - signed a one-year minor- league deal with the Phillies yesterday for $350,000 plus $200,000 in incentives. "He really does a lot for your club," said Phils general manager Lee Thomas. "He can play a lot of positions. He's an offensive threat. And he's really a real, real good person to have in the clubhouse. " The signing of Duncan, 32, a free-agent whose '94 Phillies contract was for $2.2 million, came less than a week after Thomas said strike-imposed finances made it virtually impossible that he would be back in Philadelphia.
March 6, 1992 |
On a stationary bike near Mickey Morandini's locker, Mariano Duncan is pedaling hard. The little second baseman doesn't turn to watch his new teammate. Duncan may be gaining on him. Once again, Morandini has been told not to worry, the job is his. Excuse him if he feels like an American autoworker. The job was his to win last spring, too. And he won it. Former Phillies manager Nick Leyva rewarded him with a ticket to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Jim Fregosi arrived, recalled Morandini, and made him his second baseman.
April 25, 1994 |
Just a few hundred feet from the site of Milt Thompson's memorable catch last April 29, Mariano Duncan's bases-loaded bouncer kicked off shortstop Luis Lopez's glove. If it had rolled any distance at all, the game would have been tied. Instead, it - and the Phillies' comeback hopes - died in the dirt, inches from second base. Bip Roberts retrieved it, stepped on second and threw to first, easily ahead of a desperately diving Duncan. The odd double play preserved a 6-5 San Diego victory and gave the Padres a weekend sweep of the reeling Phils.
April 30, 1994 |
When the Phillies' recent West Coast trip started, second baseman Mariano Duncan was battling the flu. When the trip ended, he was battling a slump. Last night, Duncan's hitting funk ended. And so did the Phillies' five-game losing streak. Duncan, who was 1 for 18 on the road trip, ripped two doubles and a three- run homer and knocked in four runs as the Phillies defeated the struggling San Francisco Giants, 6-3, before 30,977 spectators at Veterans Stadium. Duncan, who reached base in all four of his at-bats, raised his average from .203 to .236 and supported the solid pitching of his good friend Ben Rivera, who put together his best outing of the season.
June 26, 1995 |
Phillies centerfielder Lenny Dykstra was activated before Saturday's game, but is clearly still not playing at 100 percent. Manager Jim Fregosi said that conditioning may be as big a problem at the moment as the sore lower back that landed Dykstra on the disabled list in the first place. "He's going to have to play himself into shape," Fregosi said. "He's very sore. Everywhere. " Dykstra has one hit in nine at-bats since coming back, but he has also walked twice, stolen a base, scored two runs and chased down several fly balls in the two games.
January 21, 1994 |
The history of salary arbitration is that most players who file settle before their cases reach a hearing. Form held in the case of Phillies second baseman Mickey Morandini yesterday. Two days after teams and players exchanged numbers, he agreed to a one-year contract that will pay him $750,000 plus award bonuses. The settlement was close to the midpoint between the $850,000 Morandini sought and the $625,000 the club offered. Morandini's base salary was $300,000 last year.
June 23, 1994 |
The Phillies have played most of the past week without sparkplug Lenny Dykstra in the lineup. They will have to get used to it. Before umpire Bob Davidson even called his first balk at Three Rivers Stadium last night, Dykstra had left for Philadelphia, where he was diagnosed as having appendicitis. He underwent surgery last night and is expected to miss two to three additional weeks. Dykstra, who has been out of the starting lineup for seven of the last eight games because of a strained right quadriceps muscle, apparently began experiencing the pain after he left the ballpark following Tuesday night's 7-1 loss to the Pirates.
July 29, 1994 |
The Phillies placed third baseman Mariano Duncan on the 15-day disabled list with a strained hamstring. That was expected. Taking his place on the roster will be 24-year-old righthander Ricky Bottalico, called up yesterday from Double A Reading. That wasn't. The assumption all along had been that if Duncan went on the DL, the Phillies would bring up infielder Kevin Jordan from Triple A Scranton/ Wilkes- Barre. The assumption was strengthened by the fact that as soon as Duncan was hurt last Saturday night, the Red Barons switched Jordan from second base to third.
April 5, 1994 |
In theory, it should not have been a Mariano Duncan kind of day. Snow falling. Winds swirling. Temperatures plummeting. Teeth chattering. Not to mention a righthander pitching. It might have been a day made for some guy from Saskatchewan. It might have been a day made for some guy named Snow (J.T.?). It definitely wasn't a day made for a guy named Mariano from San Pedro de Macoris, the Dominican Republic. But yesterday at Mile High Stadium, on a day when baseball weather turned into bobsled weather, Mariano Duncan had himself an opening day he will never forget.