Posted on: June 29, 2010 2:38 pm
Edited on: June 29, 2010 3:45 pm

Phillies' Utley, Polanco placed on DL

Phillies second baseman Chase Utley and third baseman Placido Polanco have been placed on the disabled list. The team called up Greg Dobbs and Brian Bocock from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to take their places.

Utley suffered a thumb injury on a head-first slide into second base in Monday's loss to the Reds. He was scheduled to undergo an MRI on Tuesday in Cincinnati.

Polanco received a cortisone shot in his left elbow on Monday. He has inflammation in the elbow, and possibly more.

There's no word on how long either will be on the disabled list, but it's sure the Phillies won't be calling up equal replacements. Dobbs was 2-for-17 with one RBI since being outrighted to Lehigh Valley on June 23. Bocock was hitting .179 for the IronPigs.

Both players are leading their respective positions in All-Star voting released on Tuesday.

UPDATE: Dobbs will start at third for the Phillies Tuesday night against the Reds, batting second. Wilson Valdez is playing second and batting eighth.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 29, 2010 1:20 am

Utley suffers thumb injury

Chase Utley It's not easy to get Chase Utley out of a game.

The Phillies second baseman has played in an average of 150 games per season the past five years. He's in his eighth season and has been on the disabled list exactly once, in 2007. It took a broken wrist to do that, and he still only missed a month.

Utley took himself out of Monday night's game against the Reds in the ninth inning, unable to grip the bat after injuring his right thumb on a slide in the fourth inning (pictured). Utley will have an MRI exam on Tuesday.

The renowned tough guy coming out of the game voluntarily caught the attention of teammates.

"For him to leave a game ... that's the last guy that's going to take himself out of a game," Shane Victorino said. "He's obviously hurting. I hope he's not seriously hurt."
-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: June 27, 2010 4:55 pm

Moyer gives up 506th HR of his career

Jamie Moyer The 47-year old Jamie Moyer set yet another record on Sunday, allowing the 506th home run of his career.

No pitcher has allowed more homers than Moyer, who broke the previous mark of 505 held by another Phillie, Robin Roberts. The two are the only members of the 500 home run club.

In the third inning of the Phillies' "road" game against Toronto in Philadelphia, Vernon Wells hit Moyer's first pitch for a two-run homer. It was Wells' 19th home run of the season.

Wells was 7 years old when the Phillies' Juan Samuel  (now the Orioles' interim manager) homered off of Moyer on June 23, 1986, for the first homer allowed of Moyer's career. Mike Schmidt also hit one in that game.

It was Wells' third career homer against Moyer, who didn't allow any other runs in the Phillies' 11-2 victory over the Blue Jays. Moyer moved to 9-6 with a 4.30 ERA. Moyer also became the 40th pitcher in major-league history to throw 4,000 career innings.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 25, 2010 1:42 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:01 pm

Strange series on tap

Roy Halladay Ever since his trade to Philadelphia last winter, Blue Jays fans have dreamed of seeing Roy Halladay again, facing the Jays as the visiting pitcher.

Fans in Toronto will get to see that Friday night -- on television.

The weekend series originally slated for Rogers Centre was moved to Philadelphia because of security concerns with the G20 Summit taking place in Toronto. That deprived the Blue Jays of a chance to honor Halladay, who played 15 years in Toronto and was the team's most popular player.

Halladay, who pitches Friday night, doesn't seem too broken up about it. He's never been the sentimental type. He's the completely focused, ultra-competitive, all-business type. As such, he thinks the change of venue might be a good thing.

"In certain respects, it's going to be a little easier being [in Philadelphia]," Halladay, who already faced the Jays in spring training, told MLB.com. "The media stuff and being in the city hopefully is a little easier here. From that respect, I think hopefully it's probably beneficial."

The Blue Jays will be the home team this weekend and bat last at Citizens Bank Park. That's unusual, but not unheard of, in baseball history. What is unprecedented is that it's an interleague game, which means the designated hitter will be used in a National League park.

Some have suggested, as a way to spice up the somewhat stale practice of interleague play, having teams play by the rules of the visiting team rather than the home team. That would give fans in NL cities a chance to see games played with the DH and AL fans a chance to see their pitchers hit.

Phillies fans will get to test drive that concept this weekend.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: June 22, 2010 8:09 pm
Edited on: June 23, 2010 12:20 am

Moyer in good company

Jamie Moyer When Phillies starter Jamie Moyer gave up a solo home run to the Indians' Russell Branyan on Tuesday night, it was his 505th career home run allowed, tying Robin Roberts for the most all time.

But being at the top of the leaderboard for a negative statistic is not the sign of a bad player. In fact, historically, it's a sign of greatness.

* Strikeout leader Nolan Ryan (5,714) is also the career leader in walks issued (2,795). In fact, the top five on the walks list are in the Hall of Fame: Ryan, Steve Carlton, Phil Niekro, Early Wynn and Bob Feller.

* Other than Moyer, the rest of the top five in homers allowed are in the Hall of Fame: Roberts, Fergie Jenkins, Niekro and Don Sutton.

* Top five in losses? All in the Hall: Cy Young, Pud Galvin, Ryan, Walter Johnson and Niekro.

* Top five in earned runs? Yep, all in the Hall: Young, Niekro, Sutton, Ryan and Galvin.

* Moving to the hitting side, Reggie Jackson leads the career strikeout list.

* The seven players who have grounded into the most career double plays are Hall of Famers or will be: Cal Ripken Jr., Hank Aaron, Carl Yastrzemski, Ivan Rodriguez, Dave Winfield, Eddie Murray and Jim Rice.

* The top 13 in outs made are in the Hall, with the exception of Pete Rose (the all-time leader with 10,328) and Craig Biggio (No. 10), who will be a strong candidate.

So Moyer shouldn't feel bad about his new record. He's in very good company.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: June 22, 2010 3:08 pm
Edited on: June 22, 2010 3:13 pm

Phillies activate Jimmy Rollins, place Ruiz on DL

The Phillies have finally gotten shortstop Jimmy Rollins back, who spent two extended stints on the disabled list for a strained right calf. Rollins is expected to return to the leadoff role, which will drop Shane Victorino down the lineup. Philadelphia has been struggling for offense over the last month and while the offense has recently improved, Rollins will make it that much better.

Rollins is hitting .341/.462/.634 in 41 at-bats, most of the at-bats coming in early April. Infielder Greg Dobbs was designated for assignment, and shortstop Juan Castro will head back to the bench after filling in for Rollins.

The Phillies made another move Tuesday as well, calling up reliever Mike Zagurski and placing starting catcher Carlos Ruiz on the 15-day disabled list. Ruiz was hitting an impressive .275/.398/.366 in 153 at-bats. He was hit on the head by a broken bat Friday night. Despite no early signs of trauma, Ruiz has not held up well over the last few days. Brian Schneider and Dane Sardinha will split catching duties in Ruiz' absence.

Zagurski posted a 2.35 ERA in 30 2/3 innings for Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He's walked 13 and punched out 45 batters and will serve in middle relief. The left-hander pitched in 25 games for the Phillies in 2007.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: June 19, 2010 6:36 pm
Edited on: June 19, 2010 7:43 pm

Rollins should return this week

Jimmy Rollins will likely be activated from the disabled list this week, Phillies assistant general manager Scott Proefrock told MLB.com's Zach Schornbrun .

Rollins is scheduled to play his fourth and final rehab game tonight for Class-A Clearwater. He played nine innings in Friday's game.

"Everything went well last night and depending on how things go tonight, he'll be evaluated," Proefrock said. "We'll see where we go from there. We're optimistic he will be available for us sometime next week."

Rollins has been on the disabled list since May 22 with a strained right calf.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 18, 2010 12:51 pm
Edited on: June 18, 2010 8:39 pm

Lopes spills beans: Utley has knee injury

Chase Utley Chase Utley hasn't been himself so far in 2010, and now we know why.

First-base coach Davey Lopes of the Phillies chatted with Baseball Prospectus on various aspects of the game, primarily stealing bases. Lopes indicated that the reason the team hasn't been stealing bases or going first to third as often is in part due to Utley having a "little bit of a knee injury."

Utley is batting .257 on the year in 273 plate appearances which is his lowest since his first year in the majors, when he amassed a .239 batting average in just 134 at-bats. While his plate discipline remains, his power has downticked as well. All together, he's posting a .829 OPS which would be the lowest of his full-time career.

Utley hasn't been getting any better, either. He batted .275/.431/.550 in April, followed that up with a .278/.360/.485 mark in May and is currently under the Mendoza line with a .184 average and puny .224 slugging percentage.

And a year after posting 23 stolen bases and not being caught once, he's got four bags swiped and been thrown out once.

The injury obviously isn't significant enough to land Utley on the disabled list or even the bench, but unless he snaps out of his funk soon, rest may be the best remedy for the All-Star second baseman.

UPDATE: Utley tells MLB.com's Todd Zolecki that he isn't injured.

"I think there's a little confusion, and maybe a little bit of a difference of opinion with what Davey said," Utley said. "In my opinion, an injury is something that keeps you off the field. When you play 162-games-plus over the course of the year, you're going to have aches and pains. That's part of this game. That's part of being a baseball player. In my opinion there's no injury whatsoever."

-- Evan Brunell

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