Posts Tagged ‘Tommy John’

West Coast Swing Will Tell Us About Phillies

Posted by Pat Gallen, Mon, April 16, 2012 04:05 PM Comments: 6

The Phillies will see the new $35 million man Bumgarner in Game two. (US PRESSWIRE)

At 4-5, this is hardly a deal-breaking series for the Phillies. Nine games won’t tell you much about how the season will go from start to finish. But I don’t think you can doubt that there is a good amount of importance resting on the west coast.

The Phillies embark on a 10-game road trip through San Francisco, San Diego, and Phoenix to battle three-fifths of the NL West. The first three are against a Giants team that has had to deal with a major setback with the loss of closer Brian Wilson, presumably for the entire season. It’s likely he’ll need Tommy John surgery. They still have a very good bullpen, but overall, their pitching hasn’t been stellar in the early going.

The Giants 4.21 ERA ranks 21st in MLB, a number skewed a bit by Tim Lincecum‘s 12.91 ERA through two starts. “The Freak” has allowed 11 earned runs in just 7 2/3 innings so far. The Phillies have had some trouble with him in the past, but perhaps they can beat up on him while he’s still attempting to find his velocity.In nine career starts against the Phillies, Lincecum is 4-1 with a 2.61 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP, not including the postseason.

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Week In Review – Utley Announcement, Madson Goes Down

Posted by Kieran Carobine, Sun, March 25, 2012 07:00 PM Comments: 30

Chase will be looking from the dugout Opening Day.

Chase Utley!!!!  He was not in the clubhouse, surprise surprise, earlier as the team spoke with reporters.  He did, however, hold a mini ‘presser’ and addressed some things. Utley spoke to reporters and said he would not be ready for Opening Day and didn’t have a time table for his return.  He still thinks he can contribute this season and laughed at the rumor he was retiring.


As hard as this spring has been with injuries for the Phillies it seems they finally caught a break.  Ryan Madson looks to miss the entire 2012 season after the Reds announced their new closer has torn his elbow ligament clean off the bone.  The Cincinnati closer is scheduled to have Tommy John surgery soon to repair it.

I have never been one to wish harm on anyone and this is an awful situation for Madson and the Reds but, whew, I am pleased it happened after he left the Phillies.  There was a lot of back and forth with Madson after the season ended.  One morning I woke up reading that he would be the Phillies closer only to then find out Rube signed Jonathan Papelbon.  It’s just crazy how some things work out.  Best of luck to him after the surgery.

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Ex-Phils Prospect MLB Stats Review

Posted by Jay Floyd, Fri, March 16, 2012 01:00 PM Comments: 3

In recent seasons, plenty of well-regarded prospects have been traded by the Phillies to acquire established MLB talent and other key contributors. Many of those minor leaguers have been spending time with their respective clubs’ big league teams this spring training. Here’s a glance at how many of those former Phils’ farm hands have done through games played on Wednesday in this  exhibition season.

Jonathan Singleton, 1B, traded to Houston in 2011 as part of the Hunter Pence deal- 9 games, 4-for-10 (.400 avg.), 1 doubles, 3 runs scored.

Jonathan Villar, SS, traded to Houston in 2010 as part of the Roy Oswalt deal- 4 games, 0-for-2, with 2 walks.

Anthony Gose, OF, traded to Houston in 2010 as part of the Roy Oswalt deal (subsequently flipped to Toronto)- 11 games, 4-for-15 (.267 avg), 1 double, 1 RBI.

Travis d’Arnaud, traded to Toronto in 2009 as part of the Roy Halladay deal- 7 games, 3-for-15 (.200 avg), 2 doubles, 1 HR, 4 RBI.

Kyle Drabek, traded to Toronto in the 2009 Roy Halladay deal- 2 games, 1-0 record, 3 ER, 3 IP (9.00 ERA).

Michael Taylor, traded to Toronto in the 2009 Roy Halladay deal (subsequently flipped to Oakland)- 9 games, 4-for-18 (.222 avg), no extra base hits, 2 runs, 1 RBI. Continue reading Ex-Phils Prospect MLB Stats Review


Who are the St. Louis Cardinals?

Posted by Pat Gallen, Thu, September 29, 2011 08:26 AM Comments: 38

He's not a machine, he's just Albert.

Just who are the St. Louis Cardinals? Well, they’re looking like one of those teams of destiny after an amazing comeback in the NL Wild Card chase. The Phillies had their hand in that, losing 3 of 4 to STL earlier in September, then sweeping the Braves to finish the season out on Wednesday night (which by the way, was the most exciting, improbable, intense night of baseball I’ve ever witnessed).

The Cardinals had a rough start to the 2011 season losing their Ace, Adam Wainwright, to Tommy John Surgery on his right arm. Had he not missed the year, the Cardinals would have given the Milwaukee Brewers a run for their money in the Central Divsion; thats how good Wainwright is.

On September 5, they fell 10.5 games behind the Brewers in the Central and sat 8.5 games out in the Wild Card behind the Braves. It seemed like a mere formality that Atlanta would get in as the fourth team, just because that lead had been so big. But a 17-8 month, coupled with an epic collapse by the Braves, sent St. Louis to the postseason and to a match up with the best team in baseball, the Philadelphia Phillies. It was shades of the 1964 Phillies meltdown that we’re all well aware of. St. Louis completed the regular season with a record of 89-72.

As you know from seeing the Cardinals nine times (or so) every season, their manager is Tony LaRussa, pitching coach Dave Duncan has been a mastermind of the revolution of so many pitchers, and the face of the franchise is Albert Pujols. Let’s dig into this Cardinals team a little bit deeper so you can get to know them before Game 1 of the NLDS on Saturday.

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Reflecting on the Departed

Posted by Jay Floyd, Fri, September 02, 2011 02:54 PM Comments: 11

Recently, we took a look at the return the Phillies acquired when they traded Cliff Lee to Seattle in December 2009. So why not take an updated look at the talent the Phillies traded away to obtain Roy Halladay?

The biggest key to the deal with Toronto was righty hurler Kyle Drabek, who made the Blue Jays’ opening day roster this season. The Phillies’ first-round draft selection from 2006, Drabek was a force in the minors after bouncing back from Tommy John surgery in 2008, posting a 13-6 record and a 3.03 ERA in 33 outings from 2008-2009 at four levels of the Phillies’ developmental system.

After joining the Toronto organization, Drabek had a strong 2010 with the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats, leading the team to the post-season with a 14-9 record and a 2.94 ERA. The 6-foot-1-righty rode that string of success right into a September call-up, making three starts for Toronto, all of which he lost.

In an exclusive interview last August, Drabek stated that he felt he was ready for Major League competition, however this season, he has struggled. He lasted on the Blue Jays’ big league roster until mid-June, but was demoted to Triple-A Las Vegas after getting torched to the tune of a 15.30 ERA and a .404 batting average against in his final 3 starts. Things haven’t gotten better for the 23-year-old as a member of the 51′s in the Pacific Coast League. Through 14 starts at the Triple A level, Drabek has gone 4-4 with a 7.41 ERA and a .361 opponent’s batting average. Continue reading Reflecting on the Departed


Scott Mathieson’s Strange Odyssey

Posted by Corey Seidman, Tue, August 16, 2011 08:00 AM Comments: 5

Scott Mathieson was drafted by the Phillies in 2002, and has since had two Tommy John surgeries, been released and re-signed, waived, designated for assignment twice and promoted and demoted at will. The Phillies have thrown every roster move and loophole in the book at Mathieson, to the point where it’s hard to tell if they see him in their future plans at all.

On one hand, the Phils’ constant toying with Mathieson shows they don’t value him too much; on the other, it shows that they value him enough to keep him around.

Jay Floyd got a chance to speak with Mathieson last week after his most recent demotion. Here is what the 27-year-old flamethrower had to say. Continue reading Scott Mathieson’s Strange Odyssey


Gameday: Phillies (57-34) at Mets (46-45)

Posted by Michael Baumann, Fri, July 15, 2011 06:00 PM Comments: 57

Philadelphia Phillies (57-34) at New York Mets (46-45)

Vance Worley, RHP (4-1, 2.20 ERA) vs. R.A. Dickey, RHP (4-7, 3.61 ERA)

Time: 7:10 p.m., Citi Field
Weather: Partly cloudy, 79
Media: Twitter and Facebook

There isn’t much coherent to say about this game, so let’s boil it down to bullet points:

  • First and most importantly, doesn’t it feel great to be back from the All-Star break? I think they have that day off after the ASG for the same reason your girlfriend will suddenly and inexplicably stop returning your calls for 36 hours: you need me, remember? If you screw up, this is what it will be like all the time… Well, I miss you, baseball, and don’t ever leave me again.
  • Who let the Mets back above .500?
  • Vance Worley has a 4-1 record and a 2.20 ERA? I don’t think anyone really believes he’s that good long-term, but even adjusting for some external factors, such as his .259 opponent BABIP, he’s been worth nearly a full win above replacement (by FanGraphs) with a 4.05 xFIP, which ain’t bad for a 23-year-old rookie fifth starter.
  • I am of two minds regarding R.A. Dickey. When he’s not pitching against the Phillies, I think it’s really cool that he was an academic All-American in college, and that he throws a knuckleball, and that he physically cannot have Tommy John surgery because he was born without a UCL in his right elbow. On the other hand, he’s the same slop-thrower the Phillies can’t figure out no matter how often they see him, the guy who was a single from Cole Hamels and a walk to Wilson Valdez of all people away from chucking a perfect game last August. So for tonight, at least, screw him.
  • The Phillies are entering the Padres Reliever Sweepstakes, as ESPN’s Buster Olney called La Furia Roja the “frontrunners“ to land either closer Heath Bell and/or one of his caddies, Mike Adams and Chad Qualls. Combined with the troika of Madson, Stutes, and Tony No-Dad, as well as, potentially, one or both of Jose Contreras and Brad Lidge, that would make for an impressive bullpen indeed.

Lineup: Rollins SS, Martinez 3B, Utley 2B, Howard 1B, Ibanez LF, Ruiz C, Brown RF, Mayberry CF, Worley P

GAMEDAY BEER: Butterbeer

The final installment of the Harry Potter movie series came out this week, while we were on break, so let’s take this opportunity to honor one of the seminal works of fiction for our generation by imbibing the classic drink from the series while watching tonight’s game. According to the website drinksmixer.com, you can make butterbeer by mixing one part butterscotch schnapps with eight parts cream soda. Several more involved, nonalcoholic recipes can be found here.


PhilliesNation Interview: RHP Prospect Colby Shreve

Posted by Jay Floyd, Thu, June 23, 2011 09:50 AM Comments: 0

Righty hurler Colby Shreve didn’t have a solid start this season with the Phillies’ Class A Lakewood BlueClaws. After beginning the year in the starting rotation and posting a .315 batting average against through three April starts, as the team’s fifth starter, Shreve was moved to the bullpen. Since that time, the 6-foot-5-inch tall Shreve has sported a .261 BAA and has improved his other numbers as well.

Pitching coordinator Gorman Heimueller, along with the BlueClaws coaching staff saw the switch as an opportunity to allow Shreve to become more focused and increase his velocity.

A 6th round draft pick in 2008, Shreve missed the 2008 and 2009 season due to elbow issues that required Tommy John surgery and made his pro debut last year, as a member of Lakewood’s starting rotation, when he went 7-5 with a 3.95 ERA.

In his past 9 relief appearances, Shreve has been strong, going 1-0 with a 1.65 ERA.

Last week, I spoke with Colby about his change of roles, his progress with his pitches, a well known admirer of his and plenty more. Check out the media player below to listen to the full interview.


Jay Floyd is PhilliesNation’s minor league insider. You can get more great content from Jay by visiting his site, PhoulBallz.com.


Mathieson Returning to Starting Role

Posted by Jay Floyd, Fri, June 17, 2011 04:51 PM Comments: 6

PAWTUCKET, RI- Phillies minor league hurler Scott Mathieson has dealt with a lot of obstacles in his career. Since being drafted by the Phillies in the 17th round in 2002, he has found himself on the operating table three times, all for elbow surgery.

The Vancouver, BC native made his Major League debut as a starting pitcher in June of 2006. However, by September of that season, Mathieson was sidelined with a torn elbow ligament and required Tommy John surgery. As he rehabbed the following year, it was discovered that Mathieson had lingering issues that would force him to undergo an ulnar nerve transposition procedure. Bouncing back from that surgery proved difficult in 2008, when Mathieson was forced to have a second Tommy John surgery.

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Phils Can Afford To Lose Blanton Long-Term

Posted by Corey Seidman, Wed, May 25, 2011 09:00 AM Comments: 35

When a pitcher’s elbow is sore enough to land him on the DL not once, but twice, there is a problem. When that problem includes the phrases “second opinion” and “Dr. James Andrews,” the worst case scenario has likely been realized. We won’t know until Wednesday afternoon at the earliest, but it is possible that Joe Blanton will require Tommy John surgery.

An athlete does not often go for a second opinion if the first was favorable. Andrews’ most common surgery is Tommy John. It is easy to make the connection, though according to Matt Gelb of the Inquirer, two tests on Blanton’s elbow have shown no torn ligaments. Either way, he will be shut down for at least a month, probably more.

If Blanton does need to have the elbow reconstruction, he will be out until around June of next season. In retrospect, his contract will not have been a finer point of Ruben Amaro’s tenure, even if it didn’t appear wrong at the time. With Tommy John, the Phillies would receive a half-season of production from Blanton next year while the righthander attempts to resurrect his value on the open market. If he can come back and pitch well, he might get a two- or three-year deal. If not, a team might give him a flier at one-year, $5.5MM or so.

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