August 1, 2007 |
CHICAGO - Charlie Manuel, sitting on the bench, peered warily to his right. "I keep looking at those dugout steps, afraid somebody is going to fall going up or down them and get hurt," the Phillies manager said. He was only half-kidding. The Phillies had been crossing their fingers, hoping that outfielders Shane Victorino (strained right calf) and Michael Bourn (sprained left ankle) wouldn't need to be placed on the 15-day disabled list after each was injured during Monday night's game at Wrigley Field.
May 15, 2009 |
After batting fifth in back-to-back games, Jimmy Rollins returned to his customary role as leadoff hitter yesterday in the Phillies' 5-3, 10-inning loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. If the Phillies shortstop was pleased about it, he didn't say so. In fact, he said nothing because he brushed off reporters for the second time this week. Anyway, the day couldn't have started much better for Rollins, who ripped Chad Billingsley's first pitch for a double, went to third on Shane Victorino's sacrifice bunt, and scored on Ryan Howard's sacrifice fly. In that at-bat, Rollins was the leadoff hitter that manager Charlie Manuel has come to expect.
July 8, 2011 |
The fans have voted Shane Victorino into the All-Star Game, but it remains to be seen if he'll actually play for the National League in the 82d midsummer event in Phoenix. Victorino has missed the last three games with a Grade 1 sprain of his right thumb, an injury that prompted him to leave the team for an appointment with a hand specialist. The Phillies have offered no update on Victorino's injury status. If Victorino does not play at all this weekend against the Braves, it's unlikely he goes to Arizona to play in the All-Star Game.
May 21, 2010 |
7:05 Citizens Bank Park. TV: Comcast SportsNet. Radio: WPHT (1210-AM); WUBA (1480-AM) Spanish. Tonight's pitchers Red Sox RHP John Lackey (4-2, 4.86) vs. Phillies LHP Cole Hamels (4-2, 4.29) Three key matchups Phillies vs. interleague play: The Phillies have scuffled over the past few seasons against the American League during the regular season and are 96-121 all-time. Cole Hamels vs. Red Sox: Hamels last faced Boston in 2008, when he allowed two runs in seven innings of an 8-2 win. John Lackey vs. Phillies: The Phillies haven't faced Lackey since 2003, when he held them to one run and struck out eight in 6 1/3 innings.
December 2, 2007 |
The Phillies offered salary arbitration to free-agent centerfielder Aaron Rowand before last night's midnight deadline. That means the Phillies will receive two top draft picks if Rowand signs with another team. Because he is classified as a Type A free agent, the team that signs Rowand would forfeit a top pick for him. Depending on how that team finished in 2007, that could be a first- or second-round pick. The Phillies also would receive a "sandwich" pick between the first and second rounds.
December 24, 2007 |
The Phillies found more depth and versatility for their outfield yesterday, signing outfielder So Taguchi to a one-year contract. The deal is worth a guaranteed $1.05 million and includes a club option for 2009 and performance bonuses. Taguchi hit .290 with three home runs and 30 RBIs last season for the St. Louis Cardinals. He also hit .406 as a pinch-hitter. In his six-year career with the Cardinals, he hit .283 overall and .337 with runners in scoring position. Taguchi has played all three outfield positions and presumably would be Shane Victorino's replacement in center field should Victorino miss any significant period of time.
October 7, 2007 |
It's all over for the Phillies. A season that saw them overcome a slew of injuries to top players and win the National League East on the final day of the regular season ended last night with a 2-1 loss to the Colorado Rockies in Game 3 of the NL division series at Coors Field. The Rockies, who swept the best-of-five series, will move on to the NL Championship Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Phillies' only run came on a solo home run by Shane Victorino in the seventh inning to tie the game at 1. The Rockies won it with three straight two-out hits in the bottom of the eighth against reliever J.C. Romero.
September 29, 2010 |
7:05 p.m., Nationals Park, Washington. TV: Comcast SportsNet. Radio: WPHT (1210-AM); WUBA (1480-AM) Spanish TONIGHT'S PITCHERS Phillies RHP Joe Blanton (8-6, 4.94) vs. Nationals LHP Ross Detwiler (1-2, 2.52) WHO'S HOT Raul Ibanez: The veteran leftfielder hit his 16th home run last night, his fourth against the Nationals this season. WHO'S NOT Shane Victorino, Jayson Werth and Carlos Ruiz: The three starters had the day off thanks to the Phillies' division-clinching win on Monday night.
December 19, 2009 |
An expected move by the Phillies yesterday served as a reminder that the team will soon face decisions on many important players. When the team made the announcement that it would exercise shortstop Jimmy Rollins' $8.5 million option for 2011, it locked in seven of eight position players through that season. (Jayson Werth will be a free agent after next year, unless he agrees to a contract extension, which is unlikely.) But as of now Rollins, Ryan Howard, Shane Victorino, Raul Ibanez, Ryan Madson and Brad Lidge all can be free agents after 2011.