November 5, 2009 |
NEW YORK - It was early in the summer and Pedro Martinez was home in the Dominican Republic. For the first time since he was a kid, it was baseball season, and Martinez was not surrounded by a group of teammates or being cheered/jeered by a stadium full of fans. It was a little lonely, but Martinez wasn't coming back to the majors unless the situation (i.e., money) was right and there was an opportunity to win. He got both when he signed with the Phillies in July: a prorated $2 million deal and a team that was defending its championship.
June 30, 2012 |
MIAMI - Bullpen coach Mick Billmeyer did not pay attention Friday to how the ball moved from Roy Halladay's right hand to home plate. He was watching something else as Halladay threw off a mound for the first time in almost five weeks. "His face looked good," Billmeyer said. That's as good a sign as any. It was a strain for Halladay to pitch in May with a shoulder injury, but the team insists he has overcome it. In fact, pitching coach Rich Dubee said, Halladay is ahead of schedule in his recovery.
January 19, 2011 |
Everything is relative. Compare Kyle Kendrick to the first four starters in the Phillies' star-studded rotation and you wonder why he even shows up for work. Compare the 26-year-old righthander to the other No. 5 starters in baseball and he looks a lot more attractive. The subject comes up now because Kendrick and the Phillies agreed Tuesday to a one-year deal worth $2.45 million, plus undisclosed award bonuses. With the deal, the two sides avoided a potential salary arbitration hearing, in which the proceedings sometimes can become acrimonious.
February 22, 2011 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Last week, Rich Dubee joked he would put the names of his four aces in a hat to decide the order of the starting rotation. He apparently has settled for splitting up the two lefthanded pitchers, creating the rotation just about everyone assumed would happen. Cole Hamels will start the Grapefruit League opener Saturday against the Yankees. Joe Blanton starts Sunday, Roy Halladay pitches Monday, and Cliff Lee goes next Tuesday. Assuming Roy Oswalt pitches March 2, which was not part of Dubee's initial schedule, the starting rotation is set: Halladay, Lee, Oswalt, Hamels and Blanton.
August 14, 2011 |
Rain not only postponed actual baseball Sunday but also the ceremony to unveil the newest statue at Citizens Bank Park. So on Tuesday, the Phillies will hold a pregame ceremony beginning at 6:40 p.m. to finally reveal the bronze likeness of Harry Kalas . Ultimately, it will reside on the main concourse behind section 141, near the restaurant named for the Hall of Fame broadcaster. An unexpected day off wasn't necessarily the worst thing in the world for the Phillies' pitching staff.
May 30, 2012 |
NEW YORK - Due to the Memorial Day holiday, Roy Halladay will have his injured shoulder examined Tuesday. It is not known yet whether Halladay will be examined in New York or return to Philadelphia, according to Phillies assistant general manager Scott Proefrock. Halladay was with the team in New York for Monday's 8-4 win over the Mets at Citi Field. The righthander had to leave after the second inning of Sunday's 8-3 loss in St. Louis with soreness in the back of his right shoulder.
July 7, 2010 |
There was progress, but not enough. That was the word from the Phillies yesterday when they decided to activate lefthander J.A. Happ from the disabled list and option him to Triple A Lehigh Valley. Happ, who went 12-4 with a 2.93 ERA in 23 starts last season to finish second in NL Rookie of the Year balloting, spent the last 30 days working his way through a rehab progression for his strained left forearm, a process he believed had readied him to re-join the Phillies' rotation.
September 29, 2010 |
WASHINGTON - Before Tuesday's game, the Phillies informed Major League Baseball that they want to begin the postseason a week from Wednesday, an option given to the team with the league's best record. The Phillies know whom they will start in that Game 1 at Citizens Bank Park. "Yeah," Charlie Manuel said. "I'll ask Dubee if we want to announce it first. " A few feet away, Rich Dubee, the pitching coach, stood and listened. "Dubee, do you want to announce it?" a reporter asked.
October 5, 2011 |
ST. LOUIS - The Phillies are likely to have an extra weapon from the bullpen for Game 4. Cliff Lee's scheduled day to throw is Wednesday, and instead of doing it in the bullpen hours before the game, the Phillies will leave the door open for him to pitch in relief. "That's an option for us," Charlie Manuel said. Pitching coach Rich Dubee also confirmed Lee was in play. "Could be," Dubee said. "We'll see. " The last time Lee pitched in relief was 2007.
August 12, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The three-camera system installed at Bright House Field allowed Ruben Amaro Jr. and Rich Dubee the chance to watch detailed video from Florida of Roy Halladay pitching to a bunch of minor-league kids Saturday morning in a simulated game. Afterward, the Phillies general manager and pitching coach spoke to Halladay in a conference call. All of the involved parties were "encouraged" by the day's results. Signs point to Halladay's next pitching in a minor-league game, possibly Thursday.