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Brown To Have Surgery On Broken Hand

While hitting a foul ball in Saturday’s spring training game against the Pirates, Domonic Brown fractured the hamate bone in his right hand.  Oddly enough, his very next swing after breaking the bone resulted in his only hit in spring action through 16 at-bats.


Hamate Bone.jpgSeveral baseball players have had this very same bone removed in the past.  Some of those include former Phillie, Jim Thome and Red Sox, Dustin Pedroia.  Apparently, the hand is just fine without this bone, although recovery from the surgery could take four to six weeks.

This may be a blessing in disguise for Brown who was struggling badly to adjust his swing and make the Phillies roster before the end of camp.  Time off to reflect on his issues may be a good thing.

In the meantime, the job in right almost certainly will go to Ben Francisco, although the Phillies will not dub anyone the winner just yet.

Thus far, the injury bug has bitten twice for the Phillies in spring training; first Chase Utley and his bum knee, then Brown.  Utley is still recovering from a cortisone injection and it will be several more days before any more is known about his knee.

On the bright side, the Phillies pitching staff looks fantastic!  Cliff Lee appeared to be almost in mid-season form against the Rays today over four innings.  And on Saturday Roy Halladay threw three scoreless innings, allowing only one hit.

In the bullpen, JC Romero pitched today and looked very, very sharp.  After going 3-0 on the first batter, he came back to strike the guy out and then mowed down the next two batters in order.

Ryan Madson and Jose Contreras also seem to be moving along well.  Neither has surrendered a run yet.

Other roster hopefuls are not having much success though.  Eddie Bonine has allowed seven runs in four innings of work.  J.C. Ramirez has allowed four runs in five innings.  However, most of these guys were not expected to make the team anyway.

Spring action continues tomorrow when the Phillies see the Yankees again.  Game time is 1:05pm.

 

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Prospect Gillies Arrested for Cocaine Possession

Is it just me, or does the Phillies off-season Cliff Lee trade look worse and worse every day?  The cherry on the crap sundae came today when Tyson Gillies, one of the 3 players sent to Philly in the Lee trade, was arrested for cocaine possession, according to Philly.com. 
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The incident allegedly took place this past June in Pinellas County, Florida.

I am guessing the Reading Phillies commercial starring Mr. Gillies will be pulled.  Check it out before it is gone forever…Gillies is asked by a kid if he is “fast” and Gillies brags about his base stealing speed.  Yeah, he is fast alright.  Cocaine will do that.

The incident took place in Clearwater while Gillies was participating in a rehab assignment for a hamstring injury that has bothered him most of the year.  He was batting only .238 in 26 games for Double-A Reading.

Another player from the Cliff Lee trade, Phillippe Aumont, has severely underperformed since coming to the Phillies organization.  He pitched at a 7.43 ERA in Reading and was then demoted to Clearwater in June.  Aumont has publically stated that he is feeling the immense “pressure” on him, having been traded for Lee.  He seemed quite worried about living up to expectations.  So, we started with a head case and now we have a coke head among the group.

The third player in the trade was righty JC Ramirez whose ERA is 5.18 in 12 games for Reading.  While it is still early to tell how he or Aumont ultimately will perform, right now, things do not look promising.

And are we to believe the Mariners had no knowledge of these issues before they shipped these players over to Philly?  I think they knew full well what they were doing.  As a result, the Phillies have been punk’d.  I will be curious to see what, if anything, GM Ruben Amaro Jr. has to say about the recent events.  What a mess.

 

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Half Way Through Spring

Having gone past the half-way point of Spring Training, the paring down of the Phillies roster has begun.  The first fourteen cuts included pitchers Phillippe Aumont, Yohan Flande, Scott Mathieson, Drew Naylor, J.C. Ramirez, Jesus Sanchez, Joe Savery and Bill White; position players cut were catchers Tuffy Gosewisch, Kevin Nelson and John Sumoi; infielder Freddy Galvis; and outfielders Quintin Berry and Tyson Gillies.  You will notice that all three of the players involved in the Cliff Lee trade are on the list.

One of those players, Aumont, had a very rough start in camp in an exhibition game.  But after that, he made a solid 2 2/3 inning appearance where he did not allow a run.  J.C. Ramirez did not fare as well, appearing in two games and allowing 3 runs over 4 1/3 innings.  Both pitchers are still early in their development and we may not have a real sense of their worth for some time to come.


Thumbnail image for Gillies.jpgThe third player from the Lee trade is Tyson Gillies who showed some real potential.  He ended his trip to camp with a .286 average in 7 at-bats, including a home run, a double and 2 RBI.  Gillies told the press that camp was a huge learning experience for him and was especially grateful to manager Charlie Manuel for his words of advice; Gillies said, “Charlie told me the things I need to work on, slowing things down. Slower. Slower when I’m hitting. He wants me to be slow with the feet, and quick with the hands. Basically just stay back a little bit more. Keep my hands and everything back and try not to lunge at everything. Let the ball come to me.”

While it is endearing to hear those comments from a young player, it also leaves one to wonder what exactly the coaching staff in Seattle has been doing…or not doing.  Gillies has been in the minors since 2007 and no one ever told him not to lunge at the ball?  Or even how to properly approach an at-bat and hit the ball?  It is no wonder then why so many young players develop so many bad habits.  Seems that “coaching” may be a lost art…

Those players that remain in camp will slowly be whittled down to the final 25-man roster.  Starting pitchers, like JA Happ, will see a steady increase in innings.  Happ went 4 solid yesterday in a 5-4 win over the Twins.  He allowed just one hit and struck out 3.  Kyle Kendrick followed today with 4 solid innings of his own, allowing 2 hits.  Kendrick remains on the heels of Jamie Moyer in the competition for the 5th starters spot.

As for the hitters, here is a look at the batting averages for each player still in camp, with at least 5 at-bats:

W Valdez

.750

 

R Gload

.294

B Bocock

.455

 

J Castro

.273

C Utley

.438

 

R Howard

.250

P Polanco

.375

 

J Rollins

.250

D Wise

.375

 

B Francisco

.235

D Brown

.350

 

C Ransom

.200

O Chavez

.333

 

F Galvis

.182

G Dobbs

.333

 

J Werth

.136

B Schneider

.333

 

R Ibanez

.115

J Mayberry

.318

 

C Ruiz

.100 Bottom of Form

S Victorino

.313

 

 

 

 

Chase Utley and Placido Polanco lead the pack among the regular players.  And as expected, Polanco’s transition from 2nd to 3rd base has been very smooth.  He had one rough game right at the start for his only error of Spring, but has been great ever since.  Polanco has 17 assists and turned 5 double plays in 42 innings of work.

As for the still rehabbing players, Brad Lidge is doing well and will start a Double A Spring game on Thursday.  Manager Charlie Manuel announced that is Lidge is not ready in April, Ryan Madson will be given the closer duties.  JC Romero is also progressing, but will not be ready for Opening Day; he did throw some breaking balls today for the first time since his surgery and depending on how he feels over the next few days, he may get to throw to hitters this week.

 

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A Few First Looks At Pitchers and Hitters

In the last few Spring Training games, the Phillies have gotten a good look at many new and returning pitchers. 
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Cole Hamels gave up  a home run on only his 2nd pitch of spring against the Blue Jays, but recovered well and overall, had an good outing.  Hamels allowed two hits and a walk in two innings plus the home run.  He has added a cutter and a curveball to his repertoire of pitches which seems to be giving him a little more confidence in his ability to get outs.

Jamie Moyer also pitched in a “B” game that same day and does not look like a man who had 3 surgeries in the off-season.  He pitched 3 scoreless innings allowing 3 hits and striking out 3 batters.  Clearly, Moyer is not ready to concede the 5th starters spot to one of the younger pitchers.  And with the $8 million dollars the Phillies owe him this year whether he performs or not, that is a good thing.

Three other pitchers who did not make such a great impression on Friday were J.C. Ramirez, picked up in the Cliff Lee trade; Ryan Vogelsong, a Philly-area native who recently spent time playing in Japan; and Bill White, who was picked up off waivers from the Rangers.  Ramirez allowed 3 runs on 4 hits and 2 walks in 1 1/3 innings.  Both Vogelsong and White gave up 4 runs each in an inning or less.  It is still early in Spring, but the results do not bode well for these pitchers.

Joe Blanton also had a rough outing today against the Pirates; 5 hits and 3 runs in 2 innings plus a number of extra base hits were the highlights.  However, the relievers did very well, including Danys Baez, BJ Rosenberg and Mike Zagurski; they each pitched 2 scoreless innings in the game.

As for the hitters, prospect Tyson Gillies, also from the Cliff Lee trade, hit a solo homer in the sixth inning against the Jays and was 2 for 2 overall with 2 RBI in the game, making a great first impression.  Gillies also has tremendous speed and a great arm from centerfield.  The Phillies top prospect Domonic Brown went 2 for 4 with 2 RBI and threw a runner out at the plate from right field.  Brown appears to be on track to take over for Jayson Werth should he depart in 2011 once becoming a free agent.

Ryan Howard remains hitless so far this Spring, but more concerning is the absence of Shane Victorino.  Benched with a sore shoulder since the start of the month, Victorino did not travel to the Pirates game with the team today.  While this may simply be the Phillies being extra cautious with their star centerfielder, it is concerning.  Victorino has had a number of nagging injuries over the last few years that seemed fairly minor, but still kept him out of the line-up for extended periods of time.  All the Phillies can do is hope this does not become one of those situations.

And just for fun, has anyone seen the new Cliff Lee Topps Opening Day trading card?  Generally, when a player is traded, Topps will take one of their old trading cards and paint the new uniform in the photo over the old uniform.  In Cliff Lee’s transition from the Phillies to the Mariners, see if you can spot the error from Topps’ editing job:CliffLeeToppsGaff.jpg

Leave your guess in the comment section; the first person to get it right is the winner and be mentioned in my next blog.

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