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Philadelphia Phillies

Stadium: Citizens Bank Park | Manager: Ryne Sandberg
Team RankingAVGRHRERA
Phillies.2415991243.79
NL East Division4th3rd2nd4th
National League 10th7th7th10th

Notes, Quotes

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Notes, Quotes · Hard-luck Romero likely headed to the disabled list · Roster Report
 

--RHP Roy Oswalt said all systems are a go for his next start, following his regular, in-between-starts bullpen session on Monday. Oswalt was removed from his start on Friday with back spasms after warming up to start the seventh inning.

Oswalt threw "around 40 pitches" Monday and threw without pain.

"I should be fine... It went good," Oswalt said. "I didn't feel anything."

Oswalt is tentatively on tap to pitch on Thursday in San Diego, the first game of the Phillies seven-game, seven-day west coast trip.

--RHP Joe Blanton bounced back from two rough starts to begin the 2011 season with a solid outing in Monday's 6-3 defeat to the Milwaukee Brewers. Blanton held the Brewers to two runs on seven hits in seven innings; he struck out four and walked one.

Blanton, who had allowed 12 runs on 17 hits in his first two starts, said he was able to correct a mechanical flaw that he noticed while pitching out of the stretch.

"It was just really making that small adjustment out of the stretch," Blanton said. "I think the comfort level went a long way. When you feel comfortable, you're able to do a little more."

--2B Chase Utley went through another round of running drills prior to Monday's game against Milwaukee. Utley, who has been sidelined with chronic right knee pain since spring training games started in late February, has taken part in running drills at least twice in the last four days.

Utley hasn't addressed the media since the Phillies departed Clearwater, Fla., three weeks ago. He continues to be listed day-to-day.

--RF Domonic Brown went 2-for-3 in an extended spring training game in Clearwater, Fla., his first game action since breaking the hamate bone in his right hand on March 5. Brown had surgery on the hand on March 8 and began the season on the disabled list.

"He seemed to come out of it OK, health-wise," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. "It may take another week of time with extended (spring training), but we'll see. It's gone OK, and he's doing well."

--RHP Roy Halladay will try to get his third win in four starts and keep the Phillies from losing their first series of the season when he takes the mound against the Brewers Tuesday night. Halladay is coming off a complete game win over the Washington Nationals on April 13.

The 33-year-old Halladay has faced Milwaukee just two times in his major league career. He is 1-1 with a 5.54 ERA (eight earned runs in 13 innings) lifetime against the Brewers.

BY THE NUMBERS
12 -- The number of pinch hits the Phillies have through 15 games this season, the most in baseball. Ross Gload and Pete Orr each had pinch hits in the Phillies 6-3 loss to the Brewers on Monday night.

QUOTE TO NOTE
"He's probably going to miss a little time." -- Philadelphia manager Charlie Manuel on left-handed reliever J.C. Romero, who injured his right calf while attempting to field a ground ball in front of the mound in the ninth inning.

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2014 Team Leaders
AVGBen Revere , CF.308
HRMarlon Byrd , RF25
RBIRyan Howard , 1B93
OBPChase Utley , 2B.341
SLGMarlon Byrd , RF.448
RJimmy Rollins , SS78
SBBen Revere , CF47
WKyle Kendrick , SP9
ERACole Hamels , SP2.47
WHIPCole Hamels , SP1.18
KCole Hamels , SP187
SVJonathan Papelbon , RP37
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