June 10, 1991 |
When Ken Howell had to have a bone spur removed from his right shoulder during spring training, it was a setback for the Phillies. But at least they could console themselves with the knowledge that they had Terry Mulholland going out there every fifth game with a good chance to win. When the regular season began and Jason Grimsley started out as if he were trying to set a world record for wild pitches and Jose DeJesus couldn't locate the strike...
June 20, 1991 |
The Phillies' disabled list is seven names long, and four of those names belong to pitchers. One pitcher who just got off the list - righthander Danny Cox - returns to the mound tonight, which gives manager Jim Fregosi a little relief. Temporary relief, that is. The big question facing the Phillies now is the health of yet another pitcher, Terry Mulholland. Mulholland has been pitching with a sore left knee since his start in Atlanta on June 4, and - except for a decent outing against Cincinnati Friday - his attempt to pitch through the pain has been less than successful.
January 19, 1991 |
Dickie Thon would like to make $1.7 million this year playing shortstop for the Phillies. First baseman-outfielder John Kruk would like to make $1.48 million. Given that, lefthander Terry Mulholland, seeking a $625,000 salary, looks like a bargain, right? Not to the Phillies. The only man to throw a no-hitter in the history of the Vet wants to more than triple his 1990 salary, which was $175,000. Yesterday was the day that baseball players eligible to have their contract negotiations settled by an arbitrator submitted their 1991 salary requests.
June 15, 1990 |
Mother Nature handed the Phillies a raw deal last night. The hometown heroes were leading, 2-0, against the Cubs and needed only two more outs to make it through the fifth inning and make the game official. Instead, the game was called after a 1-hour, 56-minute rain delay, and will be made up as part of a twi-night doubleheader tonight, beginning at 5:35. But that probably is the least of the Phillies' complaints. After all, they are already way ahead of last season's pace, and, were it not for injuries, they could be higher in the National League East standings than fourth place.
August 19, 1990 |
Perhaps the truest thing you can say about baseball is that it is a funny game. Ballplayers say that all the time. So do managers and coaches and owners. When Phillies pitcher Don Carman recently drew up a list of all- purpose cliches, "Baseball is a funny game" was on there. It's not funny in the uproarious sense - Bart Giamatti once wrote, "It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. " It's funny because it is weird and unpredictable. "You know, baseball is a funny game," Lee Thomas, the Phillies' general manager, said yesterday afternoon.
September 27, 1993 |
Terry Mulholland's bleak September continued yesterday. It now appears that if the Phillies lefthander is to pitch at all in the postseason, it will be in relief. Today in Pittsburgh, Mulholland will throw off a mound for the second time since he pulled a muscle in his left hip on Sept. 6. Unless he can convince Phillies officials that he is healthy enough to make one final regular-season start - and that seems unlikely at the moment - he almost certainly won't make one in the postseason.
September 25, 1993 |
Terry Mulholland took one small step yesterday, throwing off a mound for the first time since he pulled a muscle in his left hip on Labor Day. But when that giant leap, pitching in a game, might come still is anybody's guess. The Phillies lefthander threw for about 20 minutes in the left-field bullpen, reporting occasional pain in the hip and leaving unanswered the question about his availability for the postseason. "He threw 80-some pitches and said he felt it a couple of times," Phils manager Jim Fregosi said.
September 28, 1993 |
At a pregame bullpen session attended by the general manager, assistant general manager, manager, pitching coach, dugout coach and two trainers, Terry Mulholland provided the Phillies with some encouraging news yesterday. Mulholland, who hasn't pitched since he pulled a muscle in his left hip on Sept. 6, threw off a mound for only the second time since the injury. For the first time in three weeks, however, Phillies officials sounded guardedly optimistic when discussing the lefthanded pitcher.
September 21, 1993 |
Phillies leftfielder Pete Incaviglia, calling his strained left calf "much improved," says he should be able to return to the starting lineup Friday against Atlanta. Manager Jim Fregosi didn't sound as optimistic. "He's still limping," he said. "He could barely walk (Sunday). " Phillip Marone, the team's physician, said on Friday that it would probably be another 10 days before Incaviglia could play the outfield. Incaviglia, injured while running the bases in New York last Tuesday, disagrees with that projection.
April 13, 1992 |
So there were the Phillies just six days ago, forced to contemplate the folowing glum notes on their scorecard: They already were 0-1 after losing their opener to the Cubs. They had lost sparkplug centerfielder Lenny Dykstra to a fractured left wrist. They had lost righthander Jose DeJesus, their projected No. 3 starter, for at least a year with a torn rotator cuff. This morning, two buses will pull out of Veterans Stadium and head north on the New Jersey Turnpike.