Tag:Charlie Manuel
Posted on: March 29, 2011 6:28 pm

Phillies' Lidge shut down for 3-6 weeks

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Jose ContrerasWith news that closer Brad Lidge won't be able to throw for another three to six weeks, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said he will likely turn to Jose Contreras to close.

Lidge had an MRI on Tuesday and it showed a posterior rotator cuff sprain, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. told reporters, including the Philadelphia Daily News' Paul Hagen. Lidge won't need surgery, Amaro said.

"Hopefully after another three weeks, if he's feeling OK, he'll start throwing and then we'll progress him from there," Amaro said. "We're glad it's not a labrum. That' son the bright side of things. But it's still significant."

In Lidge's absence, the team will turn to the 39-year-old Contreras over Ryan Madson, who has been groomed to take over for Lidge.

"Right now, with the way it looks, here lately we've been using Contreras," Manuel said. "Of course, Madson is still there. At the same time, to start the season, it looks like it might be Contreras. I don't know yet. But I'd say right now, if I had to pick somebody tonight, it would probably be Contreras."

Madson will likely stay in his set-up roll. In the past, he's struggled when asked to close.

Manuel also said Ben Francisco will be starting in the place of rookie Domonic Brown, who is out with a fracture of the hook in his hamate bone in his right hand. John Mayberry Jr. had a good spring, tying with Ryan Howard for the team lead with five home runs, but Francisco wasn't too bad either, hitting .385 with four home runs this spring.

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Posted on: March 9, 2011 6:10 pm
Edited on: March 10, 2011 3:17 pm

Manuel gets two-year extension


By Evan Burnell

Charlie Manuel has signed a two-year contract extension with the Philadelphia Phillies

Manuel will earn roughly $7-8 million for 2012-13 and his salary for 2011 has been reworked.

"We've basically torn up that contract and made it a three-year deal," general manager Ruben Amaro told the Associated Press.

Specific figures weren't made public, but it's still a nice bump from the $2.4 million he was set to haul in for 2011 as he sets his sights on returning to the World Series after two straight appearances were derailed by a NLCS exit at the hands of the Giants.

"Between our players and everything in the organization, the things that developed here, I think we have a good thing going," Manuel said, via the AP. "This is definitely the place I wanted to stay. I look forward to getting on down the road and seeing if we can't even get better."

Manuel's 764 career victories -- 220 with the Indians -- place him 74th on the all-time list and ninth among active skippers. Cracking the 800-win barrier this season will be no problem, but trying to leapfrog the Twins' Ron Gardenhire on the active list will take a tall task as Gardenhire is 39 wins ahead of Manuel, with a good team of his own.

Manuel has never had a losing season with the Phillies and joins Bobby Cox as the only managers to win four straight division titles in the National League since the leagues were split into divisions in 1969.

On Phillie manager leaderboards, Manuel is fourth all time in wins, but holds the title of most games over .500 with 116, handedly outdistancing Danny Ozark, whom Manuel will surpass on the overall wins list with his 51st victory of the year. And if Manuel's club can reach 93 victories, which appears likely, he'll vault ahead of Hall of Famer Harry Wright as well. Wright managed the Quakers/Phillies for 10 years from 1884-1893.

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After that, the only one left standing will be Gene Mauch, the skipper from 1960-1968 with 645 victories. He, too, could fall if Philadelphia wins 102 games, but more than likely Manuel will have to wait until April 2012 to become the winningest manager in Phillies history.

That's quite an impressive mark for Manuel, who wasn't highly thought-of when he was hired to skipper Philadelphia although he had success in Cleveland from 2000 to mid-2002. But that tends to be the case, as Terry Francona, Joe Torre, and many other successful managers have needed that first managerial gig out of the way.

"He's basically the same guy every day in the clubhouse. Just as an employee, and any employee, you'd like for someone to be the same every day, and to believe in you and kind of have your back. That's the thing Charlie exhibits on a day-to-day basis and I think that's gelled very well with our players. And I think that's worked very well for us," Amaro added.

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Posted on: March 8, 2011 4:21 pm
Edited on: March 8, 2011 5:43 pm

Utley's status still in limbo

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Chase UtleyOur own Danny Knobler can indeed confirm Chase Utley is indeed alive. After that, well, it's all up in the air.

Utley was in Clearwater, Fla., in uniform and took batting practice, just as he has been doing recently, but he also wasn't in the team's game against the Orioles.

As for the update on his bothersome knee?

"We should be hearing something by the end of the week," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel told Knobler and other reporters.

Utley had a cortisone shot in his knee on Friday and the Phillies had said they'd likely have an announcement on Utley's status "by the end of the weekend." That's come and gone with no new news, although breathless chroniclers of the game await.

When asked if he was still optimistic, Manuel answered in the affirmative, "I'm very optimistic," he said. So there's that.

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Posted on: February 14, 2011 3:48 pm
Edited on: February 14, 2011 3:51 pm

It's Charliegeddon! Phils' Manuel sets deadline

Charlie Manuel While it's unlikely to gather the headlines that Albert Pujols' contract situation is garnering, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel has set his own deadline for contract negotiations. Manuel is signed through 2011.

"I think once the season starts, I don't want to talk about my contract," Manuel told Philadelphia reporters, including the News Journal 's David Hale.

Manuel says he's not disappointed or upset that he doesn't have a deal.

"I went through a situation a few years ago the same way," Manuel said. "Every now and then you might think something, but at the same time, you stay focused on where you're going. You stay busy and if you do your job right, things will work out."

Manuel is entering his seventh season as the Phillies manager and has gone 544-428 in Phialdelphia with two pennants and a World Series title.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: January 11, 2011 8:57 pm
Edited on: January 11, 2011 8:58 pm

Phillies hoping to bring Manuel back as skipper

The Phillies will enter 2011 as the prohibitive favorites for the World Series, intent on capturing their fourth NL pennant in four seasons. They'll do so under the guidance of manager Charlie Manuel, who is entering the final year of his deal.

Does that mean Manuel has lame-duck status?

Not quite.

"Obviously we want to extend our relationship with him," GM Ruben told MLB.com. "We'll see. We won't be discussing any of our negotiations, if we have them with him, publicly. It's similar to how we handle our free agents and negotiations with our own players. If we get something done with Charlie, we'll let you know."

Manuel turned 67 on Jan. 4 and will be in his seventh year guiding Philadelphia, after two and a half seasons in Cleveland. With the departures of Joe Torre, Bobby Cox and Lou Piniella, Manuel is now the oldest active manager in the game, born in 1944. Just behind him are Tony LaRussa (born October 1944) and Jim Leyland (December 1944).

Manuel has given no signs he intends to retire any time soon (telling the Daily Times in September that he could see himself managing at 85 years of age), and why should he with a powerful team at his disposal for the next few seasons? 

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: October 21, 2010 1:52 am

Oswalt volunteered to pitch 9th

Roy Oswalt Roy Oswalt's 18-pitch outing in Game 4 of the National League Championship Series won't change his status as the Game 6 starter, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said.

"I don't think so. I think that he knows himself a little bit more than I do," Manuel said in the postgame news conference . "And [pitching coach Rich] Dubee watches him a lot. He's closer to him than I am. He spends more time with him."

Manuel also said it was Oswalt's idea to warm up and make himself available. Oswalt had thrown a bullpen earlier in the day.

He said he wanted to be in there," Manuel said. "He said he'd be glad to go."

Still, it was Manuel's decision to use him instead of his closer, Brad Lidge.

"I was definitely ready, but not surprised. It was on the road -- so only with the lead," Lidge said (via David Hale of the News Journal ). "That's how I've done it my whole career, that's how most closers do it. At home, that ninth inning is mine. On the road, the way I've always done it is with a lead I'm going in, and if it's a tie game, no, unless it keeps dragging on."

The Phillies were at the top of the line, No. 2 hitter Chase Utley made the last out of the top of the ninth, so it's no stretch that Lidge could have pitched two innings.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 19, 2010 7:39 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 7:42 pm

Phillies sticking with Blanton

Joe Blanton Like Joe Girardi after the Yankees fell behind 2-1 in the ALCS, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said he's sticking with his Game 4 starter, Joe Blanton, with the Phillies down 2 games to 1.

"No discussion," Manuel told reporters after the game when asked if there was discussion whether to switch up his rotation and pitch Roy Halladay on short rest.

Blanton is 7-1 with a  4.82 ERA in 28 starts and one relief appearance this season. Blanton was horrible in his first eight starts, going 1-5 with a 7.28 ERA. Since then, he's 8-1 with a 3.92 ERA. In his last nine starts, he's 5-0 with a 2.73 ERA. He is 2-0 with a 3.89 ERA in five starts and eight appearances in his career in the postseason.

Left-hander Madison Bumgarner will go for the Giants. Bumgarner was 7-6 with a 3.00 ERA and picked up a victory over Atlanta in the NLDS, allowing two runs and six hits in six innings.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: September 28, 2010 5:25 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:00 pm

Phillies elect to start NLDS on Oct. 6

The Phillies will begin their National League Division Series on Wednesday next week, manager Charlie Manuel told reporters before Tuesday's game.

Philadelphia holds the National League's best record and therefore had the choice to start Wednesday or Thursday. The series will start in Philadelphia and continue on Friday at Citizen's Bank Park, followed by road games on Sunday and Monday, putting Game 5 on Wednesday, Oct. 13.

The other NLDS will start Thursday and play on the other days. The extra day off allows the Phillies to use just three starters -- Roy Halladay, Cole Hamels and Roy Oswalt, with Halladay coming back for Game 4 on normal rest.

Pitching coach Rich Dubee tells the Philadelphia Daily News ' David Murphy that there's a "real good chance" Halladay won't pitch again during the regular season. Halladay pitched last night. That's good news for the Braves and bad news for the Giants and/or Padres. The Braves and Phillies finish the season with three games this weekend, and if the Phillies choose to rest their big three starters, the Braves will have a better shot at the wild card while the Giants and Padres play each other.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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