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Singleton, d’Arnaud, Gose Among Amaro’s Mistakes

Former Phillies prospect Jonathan Singleton (Astros AA) is tagged out at second by Jean Segura (Angels AA) during the Futures Game on July 8. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Hindsight is and always will be 20/20 for the viewer.

A look back at four of the biggest trades Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro has made will raise two opinions: 1) Amaro pulled some seriously big names from Cleveland, Toronto and Houston; 2) Amaro also depleted the Phillies farm system so much that it ranks near the bottom of baseball currently.

Let’s cut to the point: Jonathan Singleton (23), Travis d’Arnaud (19) and Anthony Gose (38) rank in the top 50 in Baseball America’s prospect list. The Phillies have none on that list.

For a while it’s bothered me that those three names are very close to being every day Major Leaguers with the potential to be very good mainstays in the bigs. It wasn’t until Matt Gelb went to Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City to watch the Phillies past and future prospects play and wrote a fantastic piece this morning that I had to at least say something about it beyond an occasional tweet.

Let’s break down Gelb’s report.

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Phillies Place Halladay On DL

The Phillies have placed starting pitching Roy Halladay on DL this afternoon according to Todd Zolecki.

It’s a Grade 1/2 strain in the lat muscle (on the back under the shoulder). Halladay hopes to be back in 6-8 weeks.

Pitching coach Rich Dubee said he thought Halladay had an issue since spring training. Dubee said he thought it was a minor, lingering issue but it never went away.

The news couldn’t have come at any worse of a time for the Phillies, who are reeling big time in injuries to both the rotation and offense.

Vance Worley is currently on the DL with a bone chip in his throwing elbow, opting for surgery after the season ends. He threw a bullpen session today and felt no pain. He will throw one more session before he will rejoin the rotation.

The Phillies will have to scratch Roy Oswalt off their wish list because he signed with the Texas Rangers earlier today.

Phillies Could Possibly Worry About Worley

Phillies SP Vance Worley (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

There is one name in all of baseball that is feared when it’s uttered: Dr. James Andrews.

Phillies injured starting pitcher Vance Worley visited Dr. Andrews Monday afternoon, seeking a second opinion on his elbow. UPDATE (via Todd Zolecki): Worley back from 2nd opinion. Said same diagnosis as Phillies doctors. No Tommy John. Will have to pitch rest of year with bone chip.

 Usually when Andrews is involved, it’s because he’s the best doctor in sports, specializing in the Tommy John surgery.

It was reported by the Philadelphia Inquirer that Worley has a small bone chip in his right elbow.

“He has a small body embedded in the lining of his joint,” Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. “We don’t think it’s the reason why he had inflammation, but it’s possible. This is something that’s not very uncommon. But it could be the cause of some of the inflammation. We haven’t heard from Andrews.”

Worley originally went on the disabled list with elbow inflammation. Before the injury, Worley was 3-2 with a 3.07 ERA in seven starts.

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Game 40: Boston Tea Party

Phillies SP Cole Hamels (Photo by Brian Garfinkel/Getty Images)

PHILADELPHIA — Interleague play is here!

It’s a weekend series in Philly between the Phillies and Red Sox. A year ago when the two teams met up, it was dubbed a World Series preview.

A year later, the two teams fell up short in the post season (Boston missed the playoffs on the last day) and both teams find themselves currently in the cellar of their respective divisions. (Boston is the only team in either East division under .500.)

Though they are both in the cellar, both teams have a different outlook on this series.

For the Sox, they want to get out of the cellar as bad as anyone (Phillies too). But they have a National spotlight thrust on them every day of the season, a burden they’ve been carrying for over a decade.

The Phillies carry the same burden, but they are hoping to continue riding the huge wave of success that has greeted them this past week. With a five-game winning streak and their first trip over .500 since being 1-0, the Phillies have their eyes set again on first place, which is only four games out of reach.

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The Rotation: Splitting the lefties is worth considering again

SP Roy Halladay. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Cole Hamels certainly is not the fourth best pitcher on the Phillies, but the Phillies rotation may just reflect that heading into a highly anticipated 2012 season.

After reading Jim Salisbury’s post on CSN’s website, splitting the lefties may just be a great direction to take this rotation. By splitting the lefties, it would most likely require Hamels pitching fourth in the rotation.

Though the Opening Day starter hasn’t officially been announced, it will most likely, and should be Roy Halladay taking the first ball in Pittsburgh. Granted the right-hander hasn’t been as immediately effective in his tune up games to the season, there shouldn’t be a doubt in anyone’s mind that he’s the ace of aces.

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Worley looks to avoid sophomore slump

Phillies SP Vance Worley. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

With all the talk about the four aces coming into the 2011 season, Vance Worley wasn’t expected to contribute much. In fact, Worley wasn’t even expected to make the big league club.

However, key injuries to guys like Roy Oswalt and Joe Blanton allowed Worley to make his way onto the major league roster in the middle of the season.

It was Worley’s play that allowed him to stay. The 24-year-old righty went on to go 11-3 with a 3.01 ERA in 21 starts for the Phillies.

He surpassed all expectations that anybody could’ve imagined.

But Worley will be expected to duplicate his 2011 success and and avoid the quintessential sophomore slump? The Long Beach State product could be a huge part of the Phillies pitching staff this year.

There are no more four aces but Worley is more than capable of holding his own.

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Oswalt to remain FA until midseason

(Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Roy Oswalt will not be starting the season with a team, and this in turn may be a really good thing.

Just like Roger Clemens did in 2006 and 2007, Oswalt will start the season unsigned and offer up his services to a Major League club at the midseason point, according to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick.

Oswalt is 159-93 with three All-Star appearances in 11 seasons with the Houston Astros and Phillies.

What does this mean for Oswalt? Is he a candidate to come back to the Phillies and boost their rotation in the second half of the season?

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The Curious Case of Kyle Kendrick

Phillies pitchers Kyle Kendrick (left) and Cliff Lee (right) during Spring Training. (Matt Slocum/AP)

Lets talk starting pitching. Everyone loves it, everyone needs it.

For the Phillies, they have an overabundance of it. From established veterans like Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, and Cole Hamels to and up and coming star in Vance Worley.

That fills the first four spots in the rotation, and assuming Roy Oswalt isn’t coming back, who gets the fifth starter’s spot? It’s always seemed to be the biggest question since the dawn of time itself for the Phillies.

With the fifth starter’s spot still up in the air, three names come to mind when looking to fill that void. They are Kyle Kendrick, Joe Blanton and Joel Pineiro.

Though there are three names competing for that spot, only one should be picked. Let’s make a case for Kendrick.

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Still a chance Oswalt returns to Philadelphia

(Yong Kim/Philly Inquirer)

Roy Oswalt’s next destination is still up in the air, especially with his price tag plummeting.

Fox Sports’ Jon Morosi thinks the Phillies, Reds and Red Sox are all still in the hunt to land the right-hander, who’s talks with the Cardinals and Rangers has seemingly hit a snag. With Oswalt’s price being a little too high for St. Louis and Texas, it could allow for the other remaining teams to jump in and lure Oswalt to their team.

Oswalt’s option for 2012 wasn’t picked up by the Phillies back in November. This was partly due to the $15 million he would have made with the Phillies as well as the back problems he suffered throughout the 2011 season.

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Phils offer arbitration to Madson, Rollins, Ibanez

In a move to get compensation for possibly losing three crucial free agents this off season, the Phillies offered arbitration to closer Ryan Madson, short stop Jimmy Rollins and left fielder Raul Ibanez.

All three have until December 7 to accept or decline the arbitration. If they accept, they will sign a one-year deal with the dollar amount determined through arbitration. If they decline and sign elsewhere, the Phillies will be compensated for the loss.

Both Rollins and Madson are considered elite free agents. If they sign elsewhere, the Phillies will receiver two picks: one being a sandwich pick, and the other depending on where the signing team’s first-round selection falls – if it’s a top 15 pick, the Phils get a 2nd rounder. If it’s below, the Phils get that pick. In this case, they’d hope a good team signs one of the free agents.

With the Phillies signing Jonathan Papelbon last week, it looks like the Phils will be getting compensation from Madson, who will be seeking a nice pay day elsewhere.

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