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Utley On the Cusp of Return

26 Jun

Chase Utley is just a few days away from his long awaited return.

Tuesday night he’ll take the field in front of a sell-out crowd at Coca-Cola Park with the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, in what is expected to be his last rehab start.

“I plan on playing the majority of the game,” Utley said. “I’m optimistic. I’m encouraged by the way things went down in Clearwater, and I’m excited to get back up here.

“Every day, it seemed like it improved… every single day. Playing defense, it got a little bit better. Running the bases daily, it got better. I’m encouraged by that.”

I’m not sure what level of optimism you have, but the city is close to turning it’s back on 2012, and understandably so.  The Phillies are in 4th place in the N.L. East, and eight full games behind the first place Washington Nationals. It’s hard to imagine this season turning around at this point, but to the Phillies credit they do usually play their best baseball when their backs are against the wall.

Chase Utley thinks it’s possible.

“I know there are some people who have given up on me. There are some people who have given up on this team. I’ll be the first one to tell you that I definitely have not given up on myself and our guys have not given up on this year. We have strong-willed guys on this team.”

Maybe, just maybe the team can buy into this and run with it.

“There’s no doubt in my mind that there’s plenty of time.”

For a few day, I think I might even bite.

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Pence/Howard Injury Update

24 Apr

The Phillies issue the following statement in regards to Ryan Howard and Hunter Pence:
“After seeing the wound specialist in Philadelphia yesterday, Ryan Howard’s wound has gotten smaller and is healing. We’ve been advised to limit his activities for one more week to allow it to continue to heal. We hope that he will be able to re-start his baseball activities thereafter.

Additionally, Hunter Pence will undergo a precautionary MRI on his left shoulder (non-throwing) here in Phoenix. We hope to have the results later this afternoon.”

Pence seemed pretty upbeat to me, so I don’t think this looks very serious, but with regard to Howard, another week just means another week without him.  That’s no good.

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Oh Great, Now What?

21 Mar

David M Warren/Staff Photographer Philly.com

So now that Michael Martinez will be starting the season on the Disabled List, where do the Phillies turn?  Martinez was figuring to get plenty of playing time filling in for Jimmy Rollins, and Chase Utley, but when Utley left camp on Monday because of the continual problems with his knees, Martinez became much more valuable to the Phils.

The Phillies healthy infielders are Jimmy Rollins, Placido Polanco, Freddy Galvis, Ty Wigginton, Jim Thome, Pete Orr and Hector Luna.  Orr and Luna are not locks to make the team out of camp unless the Phillies don’t find another infielder outside of camp.  Orr has had time with the Phillies in the past, and Luna has had a productive Spring with the Phillies in belting two homers, and is among the team leaders with 8 RBI.

Outside the organization the Phillies have been linked to Mike Aviles of the Red Sox, Maicer Izturis from the Los Angeles Angels, but both would need to be acquired via a trade as the Phillies have very little money to work with at this point. The team says that they feel comfortable with their internal options, but we’ve heard that before.  I just wouldn’t expect them to jump the gun.  They have some time, and have some time before they need to make a move.  I would not be surprised if they start the season with what they have, and see how Galvis performs before the decide weither to add another utility player.

Martinez isn’t exactly irraplaceable, but with the current woes in the infield, it’s just one more thing to have to deal with.

(Makes you wonder why the Phillies traded Wilson Valdez)

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Phillies Release Statement on Chase Utley

19 Mar

The Phillies release regarding Chase Utley.

“Chase’s rehab process has come to a bit of a plateau. He has made some strides but not enough to take the field. He is headed out of town for a few days to be evaluated by a specialist that has helped athletes overcome his issue. We anticipate that this trip will allow him to build on what he has already done with Scott Sheridan in order to get over the hump. He wants more than anything to be on the field with his teammates and we believe that this is a step in that direction.”

Ruben Amaro Jr.
Senior Vice President & General Manager

I’m no doctor, but this is terrible news.

Breathe Easy Kids

26 Feb

Photo: Miles Kennedy

Breathe easy kiddos, Cliff Lee is just fine.

Cliff threw an early morning bullpen to beat out the rain, and it went very well.  Lee had to skip his last bullpen session due to a sore abdominal, but he got back on track today and threw his normal routine. He left the complex with a smirk, and uttered that everything was “All good.”

Pitching Coach Rich Dubee confirmed that Lee looked good and confirmed that Lee will throw live batting practice on Tuesday, which is a great sign that he’s back on track.

So you may now cease panicing.

We’re only three real days into camp, and it’s not uncommon for things to be a bit off.

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Howard: “I’m About Due”

23 Feb

You can say that again.

That was Ryan Howard‘s response when he was asked about being the last out of the season, two years in a row.

“I’m not going to lie. It sucks. And I know how it looks to everybody, like having the season come down and you’re that guy. But I try to look at it positive like, the last two seasons I got out, I figure I’m about due. I’d love to be in that situation again. There’s going to be those times when you come through and there’s going to be those times when you don’t come through.”

It seems like this offseason has been a bit of a reboot for Howard, who has been working hard recover from not just this injury, but the mental stress of being that last out, twice.

But realistically, when could he be back?

“We’ll see,” Howard said. “Ask me in May. I’m not going to put a time limit on it. I’m going to listen to my body and see where we are. … I feel good, where I am right now. I mean, I don’t know what everybody else’s expectations were for me at this point, but I feel good. Not exactly where I want to be yet, there is still a lot of strengthening that needs to take place, change of direction and working on those kinds of things, but I feel all right.”

Any time in April is probably just too generous.  With an injury of this type Ryan isn’t able to work other muscle groups in his body since he can’t apply much pressure to his legs.  As a result he’s packed on a few extra pounds, but once he’s got the go ahead to move further he’ll be able to get himself into game shape. He has been cleared to lift weights, and is taking live batting practice, and fielding a ground balls.
It’s going to be a process, so I wouldn’t get to excited thinking he can come back early.
“I’m going to listen to my body,” Ryan said.  And that’s probably the best thing that he can do.
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Ryan Howard – Making Progress

20 Feb

Photo: Miles Kennedy

Ryan Howard is in camp with the Phillies and looks to be making significant progress.  Now let’s not get our hopes up just yet, because the big man has a long road ahead of him still, but so far… Things look really good.  On Monday, Howard took a few hacks in the cage and was seen jogging around the field.   He also fielded a few grounders at first base doing some side-to-side lateral movements which is a big step for a man of his size given the injury that he has.

Howard’s injured achilles should sideline him for the first month or so of the season.  However the Phillies seem confident that with the help of their staff athletic trainer Scott Sheridan, and team physician Michael Ciccotti, Howard should make a full recover, but it will take time.

Charlie Manuel says that Howard is “Ahead of schedule” and that he thinks Ryan is at about “50%.”

Ryan plans to meet with reporters on Wednesday to discuss his progress.

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