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April 4, 2012
A SPRING that has had more than its share of sour notes ended with a nice surprise. The Phillies announced after Tuesday night's game that lefthanded reliever Joe Savery had made the roster. Though he pitched in four games as a call-up last September, making the club out of the gate represents another step in Savery's career. The Phillies drafted Savery as a first baseman in the 2007 first round. "He's a good story," manager Charlie Manuel said. "He's come a long way. " Veterans Scott Podsednik, Hector Luna and Raul Valdes did not make the club.
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March 22, 2013 | By David Murphy, Daily News Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - For guys like Roy Halladay, Mike Stutes and Phillippe Aumont, the next week is as much of a stretch run as a baseball player can experience in March. For Domonic Brown, the heavy lifting is done. We can say all of this with a fair amount of certainty after spending Thursday afternoon taking the temperature inside the coaches' offices at Bright House Field. Manager Charlie Manuel still isn't ready to proclaim Brown an everyday corner outfielder, but that's pretty much what he did when he hung up the lineup for that night's game in Fort Myers against the Red Sox. Fort Myers is the longest bus trip of the spring, and most players would rather not make it, and this trip is particularly bad because the game is at night, which means the team bus probably won't be getting back to Clearwater until after midnight.
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April 1, 2011
  No. Pitchers             B-T    HT      WT      AGE     SPRING TRAINING SUMMARY   55 Danys Baez      R-R   6-3   225   33       1 save, 2-0, 2.70 ERA, 5 walks, 7 SO in 11 appearances, 131/3 innings. 58 Antonio Bastardo   R-L   5-11   195   25       1 save, 0-0, 1.00 ERA, 4 walks, 9 SO in 9 appearances, 9 innings. 56 Joe Blanton      R-R   6-3   245   30       2-1, 3.19 ERA, 4 walks, 18 SO, 3 HRs in 6 starts, 31 innings.
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November 21, 2012 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
AT THE VERY least, the Phillies' major league decision makers will get an extended firsthand look at Zach Collier, a former first-round pick who was one of four players added to the 40-man roster on Tuesday. That alone is a big step for the 22-year-old outfielder, who entered the 2012 season as an afterthought after four disappointing years in the minor league system. While the three other players who joined the roster - pitchers Trevor May, Jonathan Pettibone and Ethan Martin - were virtual locks for their promotions, Collier's status was unclear.
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May 11, 2012 | By BOB BROOKOVER, Inquirer Staff Writer
EVEN THE OFF days are difficult ones for the Phillies right now. Instead of rest and relaxation, the Phillies had to do some roster juggling Thursday as they prepared for the start of Friday's three-game series against the San Diego Padres. Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. said the team is "probably going to make some changes over the next few days," but he refused to comment on the Twitter revelation from recently demoted reliever Michael Schwimer that the team has promoted infielder Hector Luna and pitchers Jake Diekman and Raul Valdes from Triple A Lehigh Valley.
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July 22, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Phillies made three roster moves before Monday's game at Citizens Bank Park against the San Francisco Giants. The most difficult move was designating outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr. for assignment. Just last month, Gwynn's father, Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn, died. "It was tough with Tony with everything he's gone through," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said before the game. "He's a very professional guy, a terrific teammate, so it's tough. " Sandberg said that Gwynn could still remain with the organization.
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April 30, 2011 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Phillies have enough injuries that general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. felt the need to give an update on all of them before a three-game series against the New York Mets began Friday night at Citizens Bank Park. Catcher Carlos Ruiz's back injury led to the latest roster move. The Phillies said before the game that reliever Mike Zagurski had been optioned to triple-A Lehigh Valley to make room for catcher Dane Sardinha , whose contract was purchased from the IronPigs.
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September 30, 2011 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
"Though nothing can bring back the hour "Of splendor in the grass, of glory in the flower. "   - William Wordsworth, from "Intimations of Immortality"   Get ready to say goodbye, Philadelphia. Savor the sight of these Phillies when, to one more ovation, they awkwardly arrange themselves along the first base line before Saturday's start of their 2011 National League division series. As they stand there in the glory of a fifth straight postseason appearance, surrounded by the splendid grass of Citizens Bank Park, the Phillies almost certainly will be providing Philadelphia with a valedictory snapshot.
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November 30, 2011 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
Scott Mathieson always could light up a radar gun, but in his limited time in the big leagues with the Phillies he never could consistently retire hitters. Now, the 6-foot-3 righthander will try his luck in Japan, where the Yomiuri Giants are apparently willing to give him a chance. To accommodate his move to Japan, the Phillies released Mathieson from their 40-man roster Tuesday. The Giants are Japan's version of the New York Yankees, and Mathieson said during spring training in February that they had offered him a job to be their closer last winter.
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March 2, 2011 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Give the marketing people at Nike some credit. They know how to hype a T-shirt in Philadelphia: Just slap it on Cliff Lee, tell him to wear it when he does his running in front of a bunch of cameras after his spring training workouts, and boom, you've created the thing every Phillies fan must have. This is characteristic of Lee in Philly. For the 140 days Lee spent on the Phillies roster in 2009, he won a city over. Then he was traded away, became a cause célèbre for a season, left money on the table to return to Philadelphia, and now he can do no wrong.
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April 7, 2015
The Phillies will carry two utility infielders and only four true outfielders to begin the season. Cesar Hernandez, who is out of minor-league options, and versatile veteran Andres Blanco made the team Sunday as bench players, as did rightfielder Jeff Francoeur. Centerfielder Odubel Herrera and leftfielder Ben Revere are expected to start Monday against the Red Sox. Grady Sizemore will likely play right field while Domonic Brown rehabs from Achilles tendinitis. Darin Ruf made the roster as an infielder but can play left field in addition to first base.
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December 24, 2014
The Phillies signed first baseman Chris McGuiness and pitchers Sean O'Sullivan and Kevin Slowey to minor-league contracts with invitations to attend major-league spring training as non-roster invitees. Here are the 16 non-roster invitees: Pitchers (3): Paul Clemens, Sean O'Sullivan, Kevin Slowey. Catchers (3): Rene Garcia, John Hester, Koyie Hill. Infielders (6): Andres Blanco, Russ Canzler, Chase d'Arnaud, Chris McGuiness, Chris Nelson, Cord Phelps. Outfielders (4): Brian Bogusevic, Jeff Francoeur, Darin Mastroianni, Xavier Paul.
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December 8, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Baseball's winter meetings start Monday at a San Diego waterfront hotel, and no man has a more unenviable position than Ruben Amaro Jr. His 29 counterparts know the Phillies general manager is desperate to make a trade, to change his zombified roster. Teams looking for upgrades have prioritized non-Phillies players with better contract terms, more talent, or both. Their sound strategy is to lowball the Phillies. And Amaro, who is under pressure to execute a transaction that jump-starts an arduous rebuilding process, has zero leverage.
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August 6, 2014 | By David Murphy, Daily News Staff Writer
THE MOST OMINOUS aspect of Ruben Amaro Jr.'s inaction at the trade deadline wasn't his failure to add young talent capable of helping the Phillies compete within the next couple of years. Rather, it was his apparent belief that he had a legitimate chance of doing so, which suggests the sixth-year general manager still does not fully grasp the amount of reconstruction that will be required to turn the Phillies roster into something that doesn't make fans want to spew the folks in front of them with partially digested Schmitter.
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July 22, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Phillies made three roster moves before Monday's game at Citizens Bank Park against the San Francisco Giants. The most difficult move was designating outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr. for assignment. Just last month, Gwynn's father, Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn, died. "It was tough with Tony with everything he's gone through," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said before the game. "He's a very professional guy, a terrific teammate, so it's tough. " Sandberg said that Gwynn could still remain with the organization.
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July 1, 2014 | By David Murphy, Daily News Staff Writer
GUY WALKS into a bar, sidles up to a writer who covers the Phillies. Guy says, "Can't believe you have to sit there and watch that crap every night. " There's no punchline. It's reality these days. Wasn't always like this. Once upon a time, the gig inspired envy. Can't believe you get paid for that, people would say. Watchin' baseball every night? That ain't a job. The reactions began to change a couple of months ago. Now, the bulk of them involve pity. That might sound like hyperbole.
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June 11, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
BARRING A MIRACLE - a major miracle of the proportion of, say, unearthing Honus Wagner, Babe Ruth, Cy Young and Shoeless Joe Jackson - the Phillies should be highly motived sellers in 7 weeks, when baseball's July 31 trade deadline approaches. Since the gory details are on display on a daily basis, either on your TV screen or here in the paper or online after each game, there's no need to waste space on explaining why the Phillies will be sellers, beyond the obvious fact that they are the worst team in the National League.
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May 21, 2014 | BY WILL BUNCH, Daily News Staff Writer bunchw@phillynews.com, 215-854-2957
NATE SMITH, 22, a baggage handler at Philadelphia International Airport and father of a 2-year-old girl, says he experiences pretty much all of the downsides of work - the constant aches and back pain from lugging more than 1,000 heavy bags every day. But earning the federal minimum wage of $7.25, the Southwest Philadelphia resident says he is not enjoying the full benefits of his labors. Smith said that he, his fiancee and his daughter are living with his grandmother to make ends meet, and he's frustrated when he can't buy his little girl a toy because he can barely pay the monthly bills.
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March 31, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Phillies finalized their opening-day 25-man roster, emphasizing versatility in filling out the bench. They will have 12 pitchers and five bench players when their season opens on Monday in Arlington, Texas, against the Rangers. "We have a lot of flexibility with this group," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said shortly after Saturday's exhibition game at Citizens Bank Park against the Pittsburgh Pirates was canceled by rain. The Phillies selected the contracts of three nonroster invitees: outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr.; righthander Jeff Manship; and 25-year-old lefthander Mario Hollands, among the most pleasant surprises of spring training after splitting last year between single-A Clearwater and double-A Reading.
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October 12, 2013 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez misses where he has been and knows where he wants to go, but at the moment he is in the slow process of trying to get there. The 27-year-old pitcher's exact location Thursday morning was the Phillies' Carpenter Complex training facility, a baseball lover's paradise that is less than 350 miles from his native Cuba. Political strife between Cuba and the United States, however, makes it impossible for Gonzalez to still feel close to home. "It has been tough," Gonzalez said through a translator during his first interview since he defected from Cuba earlier this year and signed a three-year, $12 million deal with the Phillies.
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