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Phillies Phestival 2009

The Phillies held their annual Phestival yesterday to raise money for the search in finding a cure for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.  P6220418.jpgPlayers, their wives, broadcasters and Phillies staff were on hand to sign autographs, play games for prizes with the fans and auction off items for the charity.  The Phillies Wives sold grab bags for $20 each which contained a variety of goodies; I wound up with a PILE of fun stuff including a Chase Utley signed hat, given out by Mrs. Utley herself, a Phanatic bobblehead, a few signed balls, a yearbook and other cool items.  In addition, I had some of my photos signed by the players to add to my collection.

Cole Hamels wins my Photo of The Day award.  He was gracious enough to pose for me, as were many others. 

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Check out my
PHOTO ALBUM from the day to see more! 

The player in highest demand yesterday was none other than RAUUUUUUL Ibanez!  And Ryan Howard was absent from the event due to his recent illness, which has been termed “acute sinusitis.”  While some fans were disappointed to miss out on a rare Howard autograph, most were more concerned for his health and wished him well.  Howard did not travel with the team last night to Florida, but he may fly in before the game tonight.  It will depend on how he is feeling.

Overall, the Phestival was a huge success.  The money raised surpassed any previous year’s total with $867,670 going to the ALS cause.  And as you may imagine, with a World Championship last year, more and more fans were interested in attending.  It was crowded as usual, but ran very smoothly, in slight contrast to the previous year, which was a little more hectic.  The only real criticism I have is that the Phillies need to put a limit on the number of tickets each person can buy.  I saw several people in line to exchange autograph tickets before the gates opened who had stacks of tickets 3 inches high.  2 people told me they had bought 75 tickets and 80 tickets, respectively!  So, it is no wonder that many fans this week were complaining about not being able to get autograph tickets…a few greedy people bought them all!

What really burns me up about this is not only that they took away opportunities for more fans to support the charity, but that these people who hoard the autograph tickets are only doing so to make money.  They get bunches of autographs and then sell them on E-bay, depriving REAL fans of their chance to meet a few players and get some souvenirs.  This year, The Phillies did finally limit the number of tickets you could exchange at the ticket window to 1 per player signing station, which helped.  But, they really need to limit the number of tickets sold to one person when they go on sale.  5,500 people showed up, but how many more would have if the tickets were spread out amongst more people?  More people = more money for the charity.  Maybe next year, they will rethink that part of it.

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In other news, Clay Condrey has been placed on the 15-day DL to punch another hole in our already beleaguered bullpen.  Condrey has an oblique strain, which may account for his recent struggles.  Sergio Escalona will be called up again to take his spot.  Condrey was at the Phestival though, signing for the fans, even though he appeared to be just a little bummed out.  I wish him a speedy recovery!

So, be sure to check out my PHOTO ALBUM from the Phestival and, in case you missed it yesterday, here is the PHOTO ALBUM from Sunday’s game against the O’s.

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Photos by Jenn

 

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A Very Bad Day


locusts.jpgIt was a bad, bad, bad day for the Phillies; Raul Ibanez was put on the 15-day disabled list to start it off.  He has a strained left groin.  Then, a not-so-fun mix of bad pitching and sleepy defense led to a sweep at the hands of the Toronto Blue Jays.  What’s next?  The players get eaten by a swarm of locusts?  It’s a famine and plague of biblical proportions.

John Mayberry Jr. was called up to replace Ibanez and he had an interesting day; a home run, an assist to nail a runner at the plate, but he also made a huge mistake by taking his eyes off Scott Rolen who turned a single into a double on the goof and wound up scoring as a result.  Then again, Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley did the exact same thing earlier in the game to help a Blue Jay advance to second after a walk.  And even worse than that, Pedro Feliz committed his 4th error of the year on what should have been an easy double play ball in the 8th inning.  That turned Clay Condrey’s day into a real nightmare; Condrey allowed 1 earned run and 1 unearned on 3 hits and a walk without even recording an out.  Ouch!

Aside from all that, Joe Blanton continued the trend of Phillies starters totally sucking…he lasted only 5 1/3 innings and allowed 4 runs on 9 hits and a walk.  And so the bullpen was sent out there once again to blow the small, one run lead.  With their “job” completed and the Jays now having a 7-5 lead, the Phillies came to bat in the bottom of the 8th with the locusts still swarming…


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, who apparently has no fear of insects, smacked a solo home run to get the game within 1 run.  Dobbs passed the torch to Rollins, who hit a double and then Shane Victorino drove him in – game tied, 7-7.

But hey, have no fear Jay’s fans…the bullpen WILL blow it AGAIN!  Ryan Madson gave up a solo home run to Rod Barajas, the first batter of the 9th inning, after having him in a 0-2 hole in the count.  So the Phillies entered the 9th inning down 8-7.

Utley walked; Ryan Howard (give ya 3 guesses and the 1st two don’t count)….yup!  Struck out!  Jayson Werth flied out and then Feliz got a base hit.  That brought Mayberry to the plate with a chance for the rookie to play the hero – but no such luck.  He popped out and that ended an excruciating day for the Phillies.  I have nothing left to say except – AAARRRRRGGGGHHHHH!  Now please excuse me while I get horribly drunk and pass out…

Dobbs Photo – Jenn

 

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Frustrating Night For The Pen

Usually, when Cole Hamels is on the mound for the Phillies, most feel pretty confident about their chances to win.  However, the last few times Hamels has taken the mound it had been more of an adventure and less of a slam-dunk.  Tonight against the Blue Jays, Hamels went 6 innings and allowed 2 runs on 7 hits and 2 walks.  On paper, it looks pretty good; but watching the game was an up and down drama.  Hamels struggled with his command, but the Jays were not able to take advantage.

Jimmy Rollins led the game off with a double and after Chase Utley knocked him in to score the first run of the game, the offense appeared to be cooking.  But after that, the engines stalled and the Phillies did not score again until Jayson Werth hit a 2-run homer in the 6th.

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The 8th inning then turned into a roller coaster ride with a 3-2 lead and JC Romero on the mound.  Romero walked the bases loaded, but despite his struggles, he came away unscathed thanks to a nice pop-up from former Phillie, Rod Barajas and a base running mistake by the Jays.  The Phillies had no luck scoring in the bottom of the 8th so it was Ryan Madson time.  Madson quickly got in a jam with the bases loaded and NO outs.  Buckle up, Phils fans – the ride is not yet over.

What goes up, eventually, must come down.  And so it went…  Madson struck out the next batter but then walked in the tying run after that; another blown save for the Phillies. Well, at least this time it wasn’t Brad Lidge who blew it.  So, Barajas came to the plate, and for the 3rd time in the game, he popped the ball up in the middle infield.  Thank you, Rod!  The next batter struck out and it was on the bottom of the 9th with the game tied, 3-3.

The Phillies failed to score again and the game went into extra innings.  Condrey horse.jpgClay Condrey, who has been great this season, began to self-destruct in the 10th.  He allowed 3 singles in a row to score a run and then walked another one in with the bases loaded.  Then poor Tyler Walker was sent to the mound for his Phillies debut – with the bases loaded and 1 out in the 10th; not the way he imagined breaking into the bigs, I imagine.  Walker allowed a sac fly and a double to Barajas, giving the Jays an 8-3 lead.  This kid has got to be wondering what he did wrong in a previous life…

So that was the end of that; the Phillies did not score…again; and they lost the game 8-3 after having a 3-2 lead going into the 9th.  Another frustrating loss.  But the pen cannot dwell on this one…when you fall down, you should get up, and get back on horse.  And the Phillies will attempt to do that tonight when they begin game 2 of the Jays series.

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Player Photos – Jenn

 

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Ibanez Rocks New York

Raul Ibanez brought the pain to the New York Mets last night with a 3-run shot into the bullpen in the 10th inning.  The Phillies win the series in New York, 2 games to 1 and come home with a 7-3 record on this most recent road trip.

Ibanez has been the biggest surprise of the year for this team, bringing the defense to match his offense.  In the 4th, Ibanez played a hot shot off the wall and nailed David Wright at 2nd who was trying for a double.  From all the way back on the warning track, not only did Ibanez get the ball to Chase Utley without a hop, he placed the toss perfectly so Utley could make an easy tag. 
Thumbnail image for Ibanez Hulk.jpgThis guy has been like the Incredible Hulk for the Phillies (or the Ibanez Hulk), tossing opponents around as if they were small woodland creatures instead of professional ball players.  While leading the majors with 58 RBI’s, slugging percentage (.674) and he is also second in homers with 21, Ibanez has put this team on his back and intends to carry them to the promise land.  Could chants of “MVP!” from the fans at the ball park be far behind?  Just wait; it’s coming.

And the starting pitching continues to improve as well.  Jamie Moyer had another quality start against the Mets, going 6 innings with 3 runs on 8 hits and did not walk anyone.  He looked a bit frustrated at times, but he is the master at buckling down and getting it done.  The bullpen had another great outing too.  Clay Condrey continues to turn heads with his 2.27 ERA and last night he pitched 2 scoreless and hitless innings.  Chad Durbin and Scott Eyre took care of business in the 9th and Ryan Madson saved the game in the 10th.

But just when everything is about to click….the Phillies are getting ready to butt heads with the Boston Red Sox who are coming off a 3-game sweep of the Yankees.  The Phillies have been extraordinarily bad in inter league play historically; will 2009 be different?  Or will the Sox derail the train in Philly?  We shall see…

Save A Pet


Thumbnail image for utley_150x180.jpgIf you are going to the game tonight, stop by the Save A Pet charity booth which will be located at the first base gate and run by the Phillies Wives.  You can adopt an animal in need, donate toys and blankets, and/or purchase a calendar for which the proceeds go to benefit the SPCA.  Phillies players were photographed with either their own animals or adoptable pets from the SPCA and the result is a very adorable calendar.  You can also
buy the calendar online if you are not able to get to the game.  I may need to get about 10 copies… :O)

“Minor” Steroid Issue

Pablo Ozuna signed a Minor League contract with the Phillies on Jan. 22 and has since been playing 2nd base for the AAA Iron Pigs.  Yesterday, he was suspended 50 games for violating the league’s drug policy with an elevated testosterone level.  Prior to this year, he spent a short time with the Dodgers in 2008 and 3 years with the White Sox before that.  The Phillies are the 5th team he has played for.

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Opportunities Lost

If you had said before tonight’s game that the Phillies would score 5 runs off Johan Santana, any Phils fan would have felt optimistic about a win.  Well, score they did…5 runs.  JA Happ had allowed 4 runs on 6 hits and 4 walks in 5 1/3 innings, but the bullpen could not hold the Mets down.  Clay Condrey and Chad Durbin each allowed a run, giving the Mets a 6-5 lead; even the pitcher, Santana, hit a double to help himself.

When you get 5 runs off one of the best pitchers in baseball, you simply have to win.  Your pen needs to be able to shut the door.  After the news today of Brad Lidge being put on the DL, this was the game for the rest of the pitchers to step up.  They failed.

P5103222 Durbin.jpgEven after Ryan Howard and Raul Ibanez hit back-to-back solo home runs and Jimmy Rollins, who has been struggling badly, hits a 2-run homer, the bullpen still somehow lacked inspiration.  Need some inspiration guys?  The fans will be happy to provide a swift kick in the rear anytime.  The rookie giving up 4 runs, you can understand.  But seasoned bullpen guys letting down the offense…again…it is harder to swallow.  And it is becoming a habit with some of these guys.

Just frustrating.  When this team provides offense, the pitching lets them down.  When they get good pitching, the offense goes to sleep.  Then again, they did this all last year too and that turned out ok ;O)  But while it is happening, this is still no consolation.

The Phillies will give it a try again tomorrow night to see if the stars can align and both pitching and offense can work together.  Cross you fingers…

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Durbin Photo by Jenn

Phinally! Moyer Gets #250

It took 6 tries, but the Washington Nationals proved to be the magic potion for Jamie Moyer who today became the oldest major leaguer in history to record 250 wins.  Moyer is exactly 46 years and 194 days old today.  The only run Moyer surrendered in 6 innings of work this afternoon was a solo home run to Josh Willingham, who hit 2 on the day; the second was off reliever Clay Condrey.  Incidentally, Randy Johnson of the San Francisco Giants will also go for a career milestone against the Nationals this Wednesday; Johnson is looking for win #300.  I am actually going to that game in DC to see if I can catch two historical events in one week :O)  Wish me luck…

By the way, Moyer is a saint!  Look at how he takes the time to show this little girl how to pitch right before the game and then gives her both the ball he signed and the pitched ball she threw:



Moyer 053109 ed.jpgAnd maybe that sporty new buzzed haircut helped him out today too :O)

As for the rest of this afternoon’s events, the 4-2 win over the Nats completed a 3-game sweep for the Phillies.  Lending a helping hand towards this victory was Chase Utley who seems to have taken up a personal mission to make Nats pitcher John Lannan’s life a living hell; Lannan is the same pitcher who broke Utley’s hand 2 years ago and since then, Utley has made him pay for it.  Utley went 2 for 3 with a walk and an RBI in the win.  Chris Coste helped out, while making the most of a rare start; Coste hit a home run, a single and had 2 walks.  And Ryan Howard, hot off his grand slam yesterday, nailed an RBI triple in the 7th to give his team some cushion going into the late innings.

Some photos for you -  Howard tosses to first; Utley slides in safe; Howard slides in for a triple; Victorino runs the bases:



053109 ed.jpgAnd welcome back Brad Lidge!  “Light’s Out” Lidge has now notched 3 saves in a row, after a very rough start to the season with 4 blown saves.  He is throwing his slider for strikes, cutting down on the walks and starting to look like the Mr. Perfect of 2008 once again.  One more “Phinally!” on the day :O)

Here is the Photo Album from today’s win and historic #250 for Moyer!

The Phillies now head off to the West Coast to begin a 10-day road trip which will include the Padres, Dodgers and Mets.  A step up from playing the Nationals, but the Phillies have been hot on the road this year.  So the anticipation mounts as rookie Antonio Bastardo prepares to make his first major league appearance on Tuesday night against the Padres, in place of the injured Brett Myers.  But first, Joe Blanton takes the mound tomorrow night at 10:05pm (yikes!).  So much for getting any sleep this week…

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Phils Win Series, Despite Lidge’s 2 Blown Saves

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The bloom has definitely fallen off the rose; Brad Lidge is our fallen hero who gave us perfection in 2008 and now nothing but headaches in 2009.  Sorry Brad, but it is time to surrender your cape.  With a 2-run lead in yesterdays’ game, Lidge gave up 3 runs in the 9th and handed over the win to the Yankees.  Tonight, he gave up 1 run in the 9th to tie up the game, but Clay Condrey emerged as the unlikely hero to bail him out.  Condrey managed 2 scoreless innings and the Phillies won 4-3 in 11 innings.

But what has happened to Lidge?  He swears he is not injured, so what are we to think?  I know what I thought in the 9th today – that I was going to leap out onto the field, grab him by the shoulders and shake him violently until the sludgy alien-oil that has obviously taken over his brain came oozing out and gave us our hero back.  It really is an X-Files kind of mystery what has become of Mr. Perfect these days.

But a win is a win and 2 out of 3 ain’t bad.  Shane Victorino gave CC Sabathia fits today at the plate; both he and Carlos Ruiz had a 3 hit night.  And Ryan Howard shocked the crowd when he laid down a slap-bunt towards third base for a hit; there’s something you won’t see every day.  Hey, whatever works!

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had it working too through 6 innings of 2-run ball.  He did fall behind in counts quite a bit, but recovered nicely, although you could tell he wanted to smack Eric Bruntlett in the 4th after an error that extended the inning.  Hamels smack his fist into his glove as he arrived at first base and realized Bruntlett would not be throwing over as he dropped the ball.

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And here is my “Shame On You” for the day:  after striking out rookie John Mayberry in the 8th to end the inning, CC Sabathia hollered and pumped his fist as the strode off the mound, as if he had just won the game in grand fashion.  His showboating was less than appropriate for several reasons; he had just struck out a rookie in his 2nd major league game and, the Yankees were losing the game 3-2 at that point.  Much ado about nothing?  I’d say so.

So how was my first, and probably my only visit to new Yankee Stadium?  Pretty good.  It is a very nice stadium; almost identical to the old one, only bigger, nicer seats and it doesn’t smell like cat pee :O)  The seats in the lower level from foul pole to foul pole have waiter service, which was convenient, but they could certainly benefit more from lowering the cost of those seats and skipping the waiters.  A bit excessive, I thought.  Loved the padded seats, Monument Park was nice, huge team store with a great variety of stuff and TONS of employees everywhere you turn to direct people and answer questions.  The concourse even had a fresh fruit stand.  I was not impressed with the murky, drab gray underground tunnel system which you have to walk through to get to Monument Park and the centerfield gate.  It reminded me of Veterans Stadium; dark, creepy and nothing to look at.  Literally…nothing.  Blank, gray walls.  But overall, it is a very nice place; just WAY overpriced and excessive in a lot of areas it does not need to be.

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More game and stadium photos are coming!  I will post those tomorrow at some point, but for now, I am nursing a wicked bad sunburn (ouch!) and dragging after a long 3 ½ hour drive home.  So, off to bed for me!  Must find the aloe…

UPDATE: Here is the PHOTO ALBUM from the game including photos of new Yankee Stadium!

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WALK-Off Win

P4211429 Ibanez.jpgLiterally.  Manager Charlie Manuel decided to shake up the line-up today, moving lead-off hitter Jimmy Rollins to the six hole.  Shane Victorino led off and Raul Ibanez slid into the 2 hole.  The move paid off, as Victorino led off the game with a triple and hit a double his next time up.  Ibanez nailed a solo homer in the 6th inning to tie the game up 5-5.  And then in the 10th inning, Victorino stepped up to the plate again with 2 outs and the bases loaded and drew the walk!  Literally, a walk-off win for the Phillies.

Jamie Moyer started the game and pitched well until the 6th inning when he surrendered back to back homers to the Mets.  Scott Eyre, coming in to relieve him with 2 outs, allowed another run in the inning (charged to Moyer) and failed to get the final out.  P4191052 Condrey.jpg

Clay Condrey got the Phillies out of the inning, but the damage was done.  Condrey has been great so far this season and currently has a 1.26 ERA which leads the team.  Brad Lidge made a 1 inning appearance today in the 9th, coming back after a right knee injury, and he got through it without allowing a run.  Sadly, the Phillies did not score in the bottom of the 9th, forcing the game into extra innings.

Pitcher Jack Taschner got into trouble in the 10th, but Pedro Feliz started an around the horn double play to end the inning and prevent the runner on 3rd from scoring.  Whew!  That allowed the Phillies to load up the bases in the bottom of the 10th for Victorino who walked in the winning run.

Carlos Ruiz was back today from his rehab assignment after a strained oblique.  Ruiz was 0 for 2 in the game, but did draw 2 walks.  Lou Marson was sent back to the Iron Pigs where he will get a chance to play every day and continue to improve his already impressive skills.

In other injury news, Cole Hamels will most likely not be ready to start on Monday.  His bullpen session was moved back 1 day to today and afterwards, he reported some discomfort in his ankle.  JA Happ seems to be the probable candidate to start in his spot and this also likely keeps Chan Ho Park in the rotation with the Phillies being short an arm.  Not good news for the Phils; the starters will all have to pick up the slack.

The final game of the Mets series will start tomorrow at 1:35pm.  Joe Blanton will take the mound and we hope, start a good run for our starting pitching which has been very, very shaky.  The Phillies need this game to win the series.

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Brewers Hypnotize Phillies


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A total 360 from yesterday’s game, the Phillies offense appeared to be hypnotized by the Brewers pitching.  They did manage 8 hits, but they came at the wrong times and 3 of those were in the 9th inning, including a Jayson Werth home run; the only score of the day for the Phils.

Joe Blanton pitched 6 innings and gave up 3 runs, much the same as he did against the Nats last week, but again, did not get any run support.  The bullpen, which today included Chad Durbin, Clay Condrey, Scott Eyre and Ryan Madson, finally looked on-target as well.  But those of us looking for any excitement in the hitting department may as well have slept though the first 8 innings; and why not?  The Phillies did. :O)

But enough about that snooze fest, let’s move on to All-Star voting, which began today.  You can help make Chase Utley the first Phil since Mike Schmidt to go to the All-Star game 4 years in a row!  Just keep on VOTING!  And vote for all the other Phillies, too!  I will attempt to remember to post a link to the All-Star Ballot each day; you have no excuse not to vote!  Even my pet chinchilla can do it…see!  DSCF1657.JPGGizmo is a very talented rodent; his favorite computer part is the mouse :O)  Gizmo has vowed to vote 25 times per day, the maximum daily vote per email address or odd household pet.  Please help him in his quest; after all, he is just a little guy.  Don’t make him feel like a hamster on a wheel, working all by himself!  Gizmo really hates the hamster reference because he is a WAY cooler, and cuter, fluffy rodent.

And it has now become apparent that I am seriously lacking in the quality sleep department…  That explains the Phillies lack of production today!  They knew I needed a nap…hey, thanks guys!  I promise to get some shut-eye tonight so tomorrow, you can get back to work.  Game time is 1:05pm…don’t sleep in too late!

Hypnosis Photo – abcnews.com

Chinchilla photo – Jenn

 

 

Bobblehead Babble & Medical Mysteries

Kyle Kendrick got the start today against the Twins in Spring action and surprisingly, did not do half bad.  While a decent performance today will not likely put him back in the running for the 5th starters spot, it at least shows that he is still capable of getting the job done, like he did in 2007 and the 1st half of 2008.  Kendrick lasted 5 full innings and gave up 5 hits, 1 walk and 2 earned runs.  Clay Condrey, Scott Eyre and Brad Lidge also pitched in the game, none of the 3 surrendering a run; Lidge looked solid, had a wicked slider and appears to be in good health.

Today’s game was aired on Comcast Sportsnet, giving the baseball starved locals something to watch on a lazy Saturday afternoon.  Sadly though, the offensive production on both sides of the diamond was lacking with the only scoring occurring in the 1st and 9th innings.  The game ended in a 2-1 Phillies loss and that one run came off the bat of Eric Bruntlett in the 9th, who shot a ball over the left field fence.  Beyond that, broadcasters tried to make the game interesting by showing sample of the Phillies’ upcoming game giveaways which included a World Champions t-shirt, a Jayson Werth blanket for the ladies, a bucket cap and various other items.  The item which seemed to interest everyone the most was the Charlie Manuel bobblehead doll.  Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins had their reactions to the new doll taped; Rollins, always the comedian, went so far as to make the doll “talk” about his infamous benching last year by Manuel.  You cannot make this stuff up; see for yourself:

So, what do you think?  Will Rollins behave this year or, will he get benched again and toss the bobblehead across the room?  The jury is out…

And since the game was a tad on the boring side today, I spent my free time in between batters setting up an ER for the wounded Phillies players.  Yes, more reports came in today about Greg Dobbs being scratched from the starting line-up due to some sort of muscle “tweak”; Jason Donald did not play either as he has a mystery ankle ailment; Cole Hamels’ progress after the sore elbow has been down-played.  Looks like these guys just need a stand-by, 24-hour emergency room.Phillies ERoom.jpg

We wish them all a pleasant and speedy recovery :O)

 

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