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Quintero Heads List of Nine Non-Roster Spring Training Invitees for Phillies

The Phillies invited nine non-40-man roster players to Spring Training this season.

The list is headed by free agent catcher Humberto Quintero, who is the top candidate to back-up Erik Kratz while Carlos Ruiz serves his 25-game suspension. Quintero will compete with prospects Tommy Joseph and Sebastian Valle for that spot.

Quintero, 33, hit .232 in 43 games with the Kansas City Royals last season.

The other eight guys invited to Spring Training are infielders Andres Blanco, Josh Fields, Michael Martinez and Pete Orr; catcher Steven Lerud; outfielder Jermaine Mitchell; pitchers Cesar Jimenez and Zach Miner.

Martinez, Orr and Lerud all played with the Phillies during the 2012 season while Blanco spent all of last year with the IronPigs in Triple-A. The rest have not been invited before.

As per the Phillies PR, here is information on the other eight invitees to Spring Training:

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Phillies Win Fifth Straight On Arm of Kendrick

Phillies 3, Marlins 1
WP – Kyle Kendrick (9-10, 3.83)
LP – Wade Leblanc (2-4, 2.95)
SV – Antonio Bastardo (1)

PHILADELPHIA — The Phillies are going streaking.

Kyle Kendrick took a no-hitter into the 6th inning and the offense produced just enough in the Phillies 3-1 win over the Marlins, Monday night.

Kendrick lasted seven innings, allowing a run on two hits and three walks, striking out a career-high-tying eight. Antonio Bastardo pitched in the save situation, his first of the season while Jonathan Papelbon was unavailable.

In the 5th, Domonic Brown hit a two-run homer and Michael Martinez scored on a passed ball after doubling, giving the Phillies a 3-0 lead.

In the top of the 6th, Kendrick lost his no-hit bid with Rob Brantly’s lead-off single.

2B: Utley (12), Martinez (1). HR: Brown (2).

Boxscore.

Polanco To DL With Back Injury

The Phillies will turn to Ty Wigginton’s offense for now.

Phillies third baseman Placido Polanco was put on the disabled list retroactive to July 23. A roster move will be announced tomorrow but it’s believed that Kevin Frandsen could be that player.

Another option is Michael Martinez, who is a strong fielder.

The Phils won’t really miss Polanco’s bat as he’s been struggling at the dish (.255 average and 17 extra base hits). They will in fact miss his glove as Wigginton is awful in the field.

UPDATE — Frandsen’s contract was purchased by the Phillies this morning.

Pena’s 8th Inning Homer Overshadows Pitcher’s Duel

Rays 3, Phillies 2
WP – David Price (10-4, 2.95)
LP – Antonio Bastardo (2-2, 3.75)
SV – Fernando Rodney (21)

PHILADELPHIA — The game was living up to it’s billing.

Cole Hamels and David Price were dueling in a 1-0 game through seven innings. Hamels pitched seven shutout innings in his start, holding a slight advantage over Price by putting his team in the best position to win.

With both pitchers throwing 223 pitches combined, they gave way to their bullpens after seven. There, the Rays won the important battle in their 3-2 win over the Phils.

A gassed Antonio Bastardo, who threw 29 pitches yesterday, struggled in the 8th inning, costing Hamels a shot at his 11th win of the season. Bastardo walked two hitters before giving up a one-out three-run homer to the left-handed hitting Carlos Pena to give the Rays a 3-1 lead.

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Phils Earn Whacky Walk-Off Win

Phillies 2B Michael Martinez (far left) celebrates with (left to right) Joe Blanton, John Mayberry Jr and Placido Polanco after his three-run homer in the 2nd inning. (AP Photo/Tom Mihalek)

Phillies 7, Rockies 6
WP – Jonathan Papelbon (1-2, 2.28)
LP – Rafael Batencourt (1-3, 3.28)

PHIADELPHIA — Twice Rafael Batencourt produced two ground balls but twice his infield failed to get the batters out on them.

Back-to-back infield hits, the second being on a catching error by Todd Helton, resulted in the Phillies 7-6 walk-off win in the 9th inning.

The game was nearly lost in the 9th with Jonathan Papelbon on the hill. He gave up a two-out RBI single to Dexter Fowler that gave the Rockies a 6-5 lead in the 9th inning.

But the Phillies rallied with two outs in the bottom half.

Ty Wigginton singled with two outs to set up Hunter Pence’s RBI double off the wall in the corner of left field. Wigginton was running on the pitch and scored from first to tie the game, 6-6.

With runners on first and second and two outs, Shane Victorino legged out a ground ball up the middle, beating Marco Scutaro’s throw. The next batter, Placido Polanco, hit the ball in the same spot, but this time Helton couldn’t find the bag and Polly was safe, scoring Pence from third.

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Injury Update: Galvis In A Brace For Three Weeks

Phillies 2B Freddy Galvis. (Photo by Brian Garfinkel/Getty Images)

The final word is in for Freddy Galvis, and of course, it isn’t good news.

The rookie second baseman will be in a back brace for the next three weeks, being diagnosed with a pars fracture in his lower back.

“We’re going to reexamine him and see where we’re at,” Phillies head athletic trainer Scott Sheridan said earlier today. “Based on his symptoms and that kind of stuff, we might be able to begin some stuff with him exericise-wise, but we really won’t know a lot more until we get to that time period. The biggest thing right now is just trying to get him comfortable, make him feel better and try to get this thing to heal.”

Sheridan also said that it’s too early to see if Galvis’ season is in jeopardy or not. But for now, it’s a process.

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Phillies Bullpen Kills Two Rallies in 11-7 Loss

Twins 11, Phillies 7
WP – Nick Blackburn (3-4, 7.68)
LP – Kyle Kendrick (2-6, 5.08)

MINNEAPOLIS — The worst bullpen in baseball ruined a good offensive showing yet again.

With a pair of come backs within reach for the Phillies, twice the bullpen let it slip away as the Phillies dropped their third straight, losing 11-7 Tuesday in Minneanapolis. The Phillies fell to five games below .500 and 9.5 games out of first.

The Phillies kept getting close but the Twins kept pulling away.

It all started with Kyle Kendrick, who was absolutely awful through four innings. Denard Span led off the game with solo home run, giving the Twins an early 1-0 lead through one.

Kendrick got beat up in the second, allowing a two-run homer to Trevor Plouffe and then a single, walk and a pair of RBI singles to Ben Revere and Joe Mauer to give Minnesota a 5-0 lead.

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Galvis is Latest Phillie to Land on DL

The injury bug bites again.

Second baseman Freddy Galvis injured his back swinging during last night’s 6-5 loss to the Dodgers, landing him on the DL with lower back soreness. The Phillies called up Michael Martinez to take his place on the roster, with Mike Fontenot likely starting the majority of the games at second.

This blow is huge to the Phillies offensively and defensively. Galvis has been a wizard in the field at second base as well as leading the team with 15 doubles and fifth with 24 RBIs.

“It’s another one of our guys going down,” Manuel said. “What more can I say?

Today’s lineup at 1 PM vs the Dodgers and Aaron Harang: Rollins SS, Pierre LF, Pence RF, Wigginton 3B, Victorino CF, Fontenot 2B, Mayberry 1B, Schneider C, Hamels P.

Phils Get Good News On Worley

The Phillies rotation took a hit last week when Roy Halladay went on the DL.

All eyes turned to Vance Worley to get healthy and it looks like the young right-hander will be ready to rejoin the rotation by Monday.

Worley threw a second bullpen session today, and said his session went well. He felt no pain or discomfort in his right elbow, which was diagnosed to have a bone chip in it.

Worley could pitch Monday against the Dodgers, but it’s not official yet whether he will be able to go or if Cliff Lee will take the mound with Worley pitching Tuesday.

Either way, it’ good news and it prevents the Phillies from having to use a spot starter against the Dodgers on Monday or Tuesday with Kyle Kendrick pitching tonight and then slated to pitch Wednesday.

THOME, MARTINEZ UPDATE — Both Jim Thome and Michael Martinez will begin a rehab stint today with the Clearwater Threshers.

Martinez has been out since Spring Training with a broken foot and Thome has been out for over a month with a back injury.

Brown sent to minors; Utley, Martinez updates

LF Domonic Brown. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

It was a busy morning down in Clearwater for the Phillies. Roster moves and injury updates have been the hot topic this spring for the Phillies and it starts with Domonic Brown.

The left fielder was optioned to minor league camp this morning, meaning he will start the season with Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Brown’s spring was injury-riddled again, but thankfully not as serious as last year when he fractured a bone in his hand. He jammed his thumb diving for a ball as well as suffering a sore neck while sleeping on the bus this spring.

But injuries aside, Brown enjoyed a good offensive spring in which he hit .300 (6-for-20) with two triples, a homer and two RBIs while scoring four times. He only struck out once all spring.

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