Phillies Fall to Jays; Contreras to DL?

Posted by Pat Gallen, Sat, March 31, 2012 07:14 PM | Comments: 7
2012 Spring Training, Analysis, News, Opinion, Posts

Blanco was signed for some depth (District Sports Page)

Roy Halladay threw 45 pitches today before a rain delay sent him to the showers for the day in the Blue Jays 8-5 win over the Phillies. Hector Luna played second base and continued his tear, going 2-for-4 with an RBI. John Mayberry finally hit his first home run of the spring.

As you know, Halladay will start the regular season in Pittsburgh on Thursday. This was his final warmup before the real games begin.

Carlos Ruiz went 2-for-4, as well, upping his ridiculous spring average to .512. He’s clearly in midseason form and that rest to start spring training looks to be paying dividends.


-Jose Contreras and Mike Stutes seem destined to start the year on the DL, although from reports, it doesn’t seem like a long stay for either. Contreras is still building arm strength after getting a late start this spring. Stutes has suffered from shoulder soreness. If neither can be on the roster for opening day, look for David Herndon, Joe Savery, or Raul Valdez to take up those two spots.

-The Phillies signed Andres Blanco for some infield depth. He played last year with the Washington Nationals, but will begin the season at Triple-A.

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  • Posts: 0 Jimbo

    It’s been a rough spring for Doc.

    • Posts: 0 schmenkman

      I don’t know. I think he’s been fine.

  • Posts: 556 Bruce

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    Signing Andres Blanco for “some infield depth” suggests to me that Phillies management are looking for insurance against possible injury..or.. having questions in their mind about the offensive/defensive reliability of their utility infielders sitting on the bench. And Charlie Manuel may be asking himself..what if Galvis struggles with the bat early on (going below the “Mendosa Line”) ?

  • Posts: 556 Bruce

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    On the subject of utility infielder, Hector Luna is making a strong case for himself to be included in the opening day roster. Manuel has said he was impressed with Luna’s hitting this spring and the ability to play several positions. However, he may be a defensive liability in the infield. Tough call for Manuel.

    • Posts: 155 therookie300

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      They should give Luna a shot. It doesn’t really hurt them not to give him the shot.

    • Posts: 452 Ian Riccaboni

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      Luna hasn’t played more than 3 innings at second since 2006 , hasn’t played shortstop at all since 2006, played 10 innings of Major League 1B in 2007, and has played 18 innings of Major League 3B since 2007. He is definitely a question mark on defense and hasn’t been particularly good with the bat since receiving regular playing time in 2006 with the Cards. I would rather have Pete Orr who has a stronger bat, stronger arm, stronger D, and is faster.

    • Posts: 0 brooks

      I’d like to see Luna as a Phils utility fielder

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