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Phillies Tidbits

5 Aug
  • Cliff Lee will remain a Phillie for the remainder of 2012, as the window on the Dodgers’ waiver claim closed today. Lee coughed up three home runs in a no-decision against the Diamondbacks this afternoon.  Lee looked great at times, but continues to attack
  • Kyle Kendrick will start on Wednesday against the Braves.  Kendrick stepped in as a spot starter on Friday when Dodgers acquired Joe Blanton just before game time. Kendrick will be making his 15th start of the season which earns him a $100,000 bonus.
  • Jimmy Rollins got Sunday off after going hitless in his last three games.  Rollins was batting .187 in his last 22 games.  Rollins came on to pinch hit for Michael Martinez in the 8th, and finished the game. He popped out in his lone at-bat.
  • The Phillies announced that they have released infielder Mike Fontenot.  The Phils designated Fontenot for assignment on August 1.  Mike was released to make room on the roster when the Phillies acquired Josh Lindblom and Nate Schierholtz. Fontenot, 32, hit .289/.343/.340 in 105 plate appearances this year for the Phillies.  The veteran signed a minor league deal with the Phillies in April and split time between second and third base in 2012.
  • Shane Victorino is batting .167 (2-12) with 1 run scored and 1 stolen base in three games with the Dodgers.
  • Hunter Pence is batting .118 (2-17) with zero runs, 2 RBI and 3K’s in four games with the Giants.
  • The Phillies observed a moment of silence for Garrett Reid before Sunday’s game. The 29-year-old son of Eagles head coach Andy Reid was found dead in his room at the Eagles training camp at Lehigh University on Sunday morning. Local police said there were no “suspicious” activity and no cause of death has been determined.

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Polanco Likely Day-to-Day

17 May

Placido Polanco has been diagnosed with a left knee bruise, after fouling a ball off the knee.  Polly tried to stay in the game, so my assumption is that he’s going to be ok.

He told Todd Zolecki that he was sore, and that he “Doesn’t know if he can play tomorrow.”

After his grand-slam in Wednesday’s win over the Cubs, could we see Hector Luna at third, or is it going to be the first start for Mike Fontenot, with a righty on the mound?

Either way, I’m excited to see Roy Halladay get back on the mound.  Especially with the Phillies riding a four game win streak.

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Cliff, Vance, Fontenot, and Contreras.

14 Apr

Just a round-up from the last few days…

Last night…

Cliff wasn’t Cliff.  It’s as easy as that.

At least not the whole night.  He missed his spots a couple of times in the game last night, especially in the first inning, and that was all it was going to take for the Mets.  Cliff Lee is a strikeout pitcher, and when you throw a lot of strikes, you’re gonna get hit sometimes.

The Phillies as we know are pretty darn bad when they face knuckleball pitchers.  Last night was no exception.


Vance Worley gets the start today against the Mets.  Vance is 3-1 (3.00) against the Mets in his career, and pitched nicely last Sunday against the Pirates at PNC Park, allowing just one run in six innings.  Jon Niese is 4-3 (4.07) against the Phillies, but is a better pitcher then that.  Should be a pretty good matchup.  Here’s the lineup

Victorino, CF
Polanco, 3B
Rollins, SS
Pence, RF
Mayberry, LF
Wigginton, 1B
Galvis, 2B
Schneider, C
Worley, P

Other news…

As you know by now, the Phillies have signed Mike Fontenot to a minor league deal.  They had looked at him a bit when he was a FA last season, but the Phillies have been a bit of a revolving door of infielders given all the injuries over the last few seasons, so that’s not much of a surprise.

I wouldn’t say that the signing of Fontenot is telling of what’s going on with Chase Utley, but it may just be that they thing they see a small upgrade over a guy like Pete Orr.  In 2011 Fontenot  batted .227/.304/.377 with four homers and 21 RBIs in 252 plate appearances.  The Phillies will have him report to extended Spring Training in Clearwater, and from there he’s most likely headed to AAA Lehigh Valley.

Galvis will stay put.

Jose Contreras is likely to return to the Phillies some time in the next day or two.  He’s pitched in two consecutive games, and last night retired the side in order, with a strikeout. Likely David Herndon, or Joe Savery will be sent down.  It just depends on how many left-handers the Phillies decide to keep.

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