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2011 Spring Training

Manuel Agrees to 2-Year Extension

Posted by Pat Gallen, Wed, March 09, 2011 04:18 PM Comments: 11

Charlie Manuel

According to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com, Charlie Manuel is reportedly close to a two-year extension that will pay him between $3.5 million and $4 million per season. The Phillies skipper said today that it could very well be announced before the weekend.

Manuel, 67, is now entering the final year of a contract extension he inked in just before the 2009 season. That contract was only worth $1.5 million annually.

This is 100 percent the correct move by the Phillies. Even if the team doesn’t think Manuel is worth the average salary of the top five highest paid managers in baseball, he’s earned the right to be in the conversation with his back-to-back World Series appearances.

When talks lingered here in Spring Training, people worried if the end of the line was near and if the team would meet the March 31 deadline imposed by Manuel and his agent, Pat Rooney. That deadline was merely to keep the talks from spilling over into the season and keep people like us from asking about it throughout the year (which probably would have happened anyway). Now that a new deal looks to be complete, each side can breathe a sigh of relief.

What comes next? When Manuel’s next extension is through, Ryne Sandberg could very well be his predecessor. Sandberg is the new manager of the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs and has made it known he wants a shot at the major leagues. In two years, it could very well be his time.

But for now, it appears Charlie is staying put.

UPDATE, Thursday, 8:50 am: Manuel has signed on the dotted line and will speak to the media at 10 am. here in Clearwater regarding his new deal. In a statement from the team, Phillies GM Ruben Amaro said this:

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Spring Gameday: Phillies vs. Tigers

Posted by Pat Gallen, Wed, March 09, 2011 12:31 PM Comments: 1

Philadelphia Phillies vs Detroit Tigers

Time: 1:05 pm, Bright House Field
Weather:
Sunny, 80
TV: N/A
Audio: Free broadcast phillies.com

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Chase Utley Speaks on Ailing Knee

Posted by Pat Gallen, Wed, March 09, 2011 11:08 AM Comments: 39

Chase Utley spoke to the media a few minutes ago and gave a personal update on what’s been happening with this ailing right knee:

Utley on his health right now following the cortisone shot:

“I got a little bit of relief from it, not as much as I was anticipating. So on that front, nothing has changed a whole lot. I’m still taking batting practice, still playing catch, trying to take it easy on my legs right now, and go from there.”

On what he knows about the ailment:

“It’s something that Im trying to educate myself more and more on, trying to get as many opinions as possible on how to treat it. There’s no black and white here, it’s something that you have to deal with, and obviously it’s a little frustrating right now. But, we have to look at the big picture and try get this resolved, obviously, quickly, but also be in good spirits for the long run.”

If surgery is a last option:

“I think that’s a last resort at this point, but I think we’re going to exhaust every avenues prior to that, and continue to see how it goes and monitor it on a day-to-day basis…”

“My goal is to alleviate this as quickly as possible but still keep in mind that I still have a career ahead of me.”

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Is Danys Baez on His Way Back?

Posted by Pat Gallen, Tue, March 08, 2011 05:42 PM Comments: 13

Don’t look now, but Danys Baez has tossed three straight scoreless outings for the Phillies. You don’t have to stop the presses for that statement, but honestly, it’s a feat.

While he doesn’t have a roster spot 100 percent locked up, if he’s able to show he can throw strikes semi-consistently during Spring Training, Baez will likely break camp with the Phillies and head north. Much of that, one would think, is due to the $2.75 million he’s owed for 2011. But does he have anything left in the tank?

On Tuesday against the Orioles, Baez looked extra sharp (when was the last time anyone said that about Baez!), striking out two in a hitless inning of work. That’s now 3 1/3 innings (that actually count) in which Danys has not given up a run. Yeah, he gave up five earned in a B-squad game against Blue Jays in his first outing of the spring. But against real competition, his numbers have been steady thus far.

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Spring Gameday: Orioles vs. Phillies

Posted by Pat Gallen, Tue, March 08, 2011 12:54 PM Comments: 0

Baltimore Orioles vs. Philadelphia Phillies

Justin Duchscherer vs. Cole Hamels

Time: 1:05 pm, Bright House Field
Weather:
Sunny, 80
TV: N/A
Audio: Free broadcast phillies.com

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Spring Gameday: Phillies vs Yankees

Posted by Kieran Carobine, Mon, March 07, 2011 12:35 PM Comments: 6

Philadelphia Phillies vs. New York Yankees

Roy Oswalt vs. A.J. Burnett

Time: 1:05 pm, Steinbrenner Field in Tampa
Weather:
Sunny, 72
TV: YES Network, MLB.tv
Audio: Free broadcast phillies.com

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Brown Surgery Tuesday, Phils Split Split-Squad Games

Posted by Pat Gallen, Sun, March 06, 2011 03:52 PM Comments: 1

BROWN SLATED FOR TUESDAY SURGERY?

According to all the beat reporters, Domonic Brown is likely to have surgery on his broken right hand on Tuesday.  Brown is on his way back to Philadelphia to see hand specialist Randall Culp on Monday. If Culp sees a need for surgery on the break, he’ll go under the knife on Tuesday and miss four-to-six weeks.

Look tomorrow for Dash Treyhorn’s piece on Dom Brown.

PHILLIES BEAT RAYS IN CLEARWATER

Joel Naughton knocked in the game-winning run with a walkoff single in the ninth to beat the Rays in Clearwater, 5-4.

This one was all about Cliff Lee, however. Lee was stellar over four innings, striking out five while walking none. He allowed just two singles on the day. So, basically, the Big Four are in tip-top shape.

Offensively, the ball was jumping out of the park today as winds shot out to right field. Ryan Howard, Brian Schnieder, and Matt Rizzotti each launched one.

PHILLIES LOSE IN LAKELAND

In Lakeland, Kyle Kendrick pitched three scoreless against the Tigers, but the Phillies fell 2-1.

Matt Anderson got the call in the ninth inning, and while he did give up the Tigers winning run, he hit 99 on the radar gun. Anderson is working to get back to the major leagues and he seems to have found his old heater. The question now is, can he get enough reps and stick around? Anderson is a long shot for the Phillies roster, but he could find himself in Lehigh Valley to begin the year.

Wilson Valdez had three more hits and John Mayberry smashed an opposite field homer for the Phillies only run.

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Spring Gameday: Rays vs. Phillies (SS)

Posted by Pat Gallen, Sun, March 06, 2011 12:16 PM Comments: 6

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Philadelphia Phillies (SS)

Wade Davis vs. Cliff Lee

Time: 1:05 pm, Bright House Field, Clearwater
Weather:
Sunny, 82
TV: MyPHL 17
Radio: 1210 WPHT, Phillies.com
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Domonic Brown Breaks Hand, likely out 3-6 Weeks

Posted by Pat Gallen, Sat, March 05, 2011 04:36 PM Comments: 15


According to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com, outfielder Domonic Brown broke his right hand during an at-bat earlier on Saturday. Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer breaks it down via twitter.

Against Paul Maholm of the Pirates, Brown fouled a ball off and appeared to shake his hand following the pitch, according to Gelb. He then singled up the middle on the next pitch, but was not in the field the following inning. Now, we know why.

Brown broke the hamate bone in his hand and will  likely be out 3-6 weeks after surgery. More to come..

UPDATE (4:44 pm): Gelb also tweeted that Ruben Amaro Jr. says no one has the right field job locked up – although you can bet it’ll be Ben Francisco, who is crushing the ball currently. What a tough break for Dom Brown. He may have gotten his first hit of the spring with a broken hand.

What it likely means beyond Ben Francisco being the starter is that Brown will get many, many reps in Triple-A this year – perhaps more than he and others originally thought. What it also means is lack of power. Our own Paul Boyé found an interesting stat from a Rob Neyer column. Neyer says that it can take between 12-18 months to regain full power after a broken hamate in the hand (Scroll down to the answer at 1:03 pm).

If that’s the case, we may not see the real Dom Brown until 2012. Wow.

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Spring Gameday: Pirates vs. Phillies

Posted by Pat Gallen, Sat, March 05, 2011 12:44 PM Comments: 0

Pittsburgh Pirates vs Philadelphia Phillies

Paul Maholm vs. Roy Halladay

Time: 1:05 pm, Bright House Field, Clearwater
Weather:
Sunny, 82
TV: N/A
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