The Unlucky 7

29 Jun

The Phillies are now more then the walking wounded.  They are a team of replacements.  We now have 7 of our Opening Day roster on the DL.  Let’s have a look at the list.

Most recently..

  • Chase Utley - Utley sprained the ulnar collateral ligament of his right thumb in
    Monday’s 7-3 loss to the Reds.
    Utley had a MRI on Tuesday in Cincinnati, and then flew back to Philadelphia on Tuesday afternoon and will undergo further testing
    Wednesday. The Phillies said once they know the severity of the sprain,
    they will know how to treat it. It could require surgery, although
    Phillies head athletic trainer Scott Sheridan said that would not
    necessarily mean a longer stint on the DL.utley 0628 2010-thumb-512x331-2193191.jpg
  • Placido Polanco – Polanco also returned to Philadelphia on Tuesday and was scheduled to
    have a MRI in the afternoon. An X-ray revealed no fracture but
    showed a bone spur that had been there before. An earlier MRI
    also showed the spur.  No timetable for either Polly or Chase.
  • J.A. Happ – Happ is now one of the dark horses of this club.  He’s been pitching a lot but the velocity has not really been there on his pitches.  He could return to the club this year, but it’s uncertain when exactly that may be.  The Phillies have other pitchers in their system that are currently performing better then J.A. Happ. 
  • Carlos Ruiz - Carlos could be playing now but is not eligible.  He had been suffering from head aches from the bat that he took to the head, but says now that he is feeling good.  Expect him to be activated next week when he is eligible. Carlos could possibly head to Triple-A Lehigh Valley for a rehab assignment as early as July 3 or 4.
  • Antonio Bastardo – Bastardo was placed on the 15-day disabled list on June 17, 
    but couldn’t give a timetable for when he would begin throwing Antonio but said he
    hoped it would be early next week, after he gets reexamined by trainers.
  • Chad Durbin – Durbin was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a Grade 1 strain. Durbin
    said the typical recovery timetable is 10 to 14 days, although recovery
    could take three weeks.  We’ll see with this one cause I haven’t heard anything about him since he went out.
  •  Ryan Madson – Reliever Ryan Madson threw a bullpen session last
    Thursday and will headed down to Clearwater, Fla., to begin a rehab
    assignment for his surgically repaired right big toe. Most recently he was scheduled
    to pitch Sunday for Class A Clearwater. Madson should be able to return to the club by the All Star break barring any setbacks.

The Phillies need to find away to keep their head above water.  The Mets and the Braves are playing well, but will come back to earth.  The Phillies will play their division most all of September but if they can hold on over this next month they will be in the pack hunting for fist place.  We all know that you can’t count this team out. 

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4 Responses to “The Unlucky 7”

  1. thomasox July 3, 2010 at 8:34 am #

    Michael,
    All I can say is, “we feel your pain.” Utley and Pedroia. Ruiz and Varitek. Bastardo and Delcarmen. Beckett and Happ. Endless visits to the D.L. Hope we both survive.
    Congrats on the TOP 50 Ranking.
    My girlfriend & I are heading for dollar dog night against the Braves.
    Cheers,
    Michael
    http://thomasox.mlblogs.com/

  2. phillies_phollowers July 5, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    These last few months have been painful to watch. I’d imagine the impending Braves series will be no better. I am just trying to hang in there until the break.

    Jenn
    http://philliesphollowers.mlblogs.com/

  3. devilabrit July 5, 2010 at 12:38 pm #

    the DL is definitely hurting us, but kudos to the teams for still holding onto a contention of the division when others have collapsed under this type of pressure, i.e. the Mets whined and died about injuries the last 2 years, as long as we are within striking distance we have a shot, that the nature of the Phillies.

    and congrats on making the top 50

    -peter
    Phillies Outside

  4. Fenway Bleacher Creature July 6, 2010 at 5:27 pm #

    And I thought the Red Sox had it bad…
    Good luck in the second half of the year, we too are locked in a division battle and it’s going to get pretty nervewracking.

    -Fenway Bleacher Creature
    http://the3rs.mlblogs.com/

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