Martinez fractures foot

The Phillies got a bit of bad news after today’s game. Utility infielder Michael Martinez fractured his fourth metatarsal in today’s Spring Training game against the Orioles. Orioles reliever Joe Johnson hit Martinez in the right foot. He was seen in a walking boot after the game. With Martinez as the Phillies top utility infielder, … Continue reading Martinez fractures foot

Spring Training: Phillies 4, Orioles 1

There were doubts about Roy Halladay. Yes, doubts. Be shocked. Well, those concerns about his velocity and inability to controls his breaking pitches last start and doubts he will be ready by Opening Day have all but vanished. Halladay was in midseason form, commanding everything in his arsenal as well as pitching back at his … Continue reading Spring Training: Phillies 4, Orioles 1

Phils cut nine; seeking infield help

There are less than three weeks of Spring Training left and the Phillies have started thinning out their roster. Still a ways from 25, the Phillies have sent nine players to minor league camp, dropping their total down to 48 players left in camp. Right-handed pitchers Dave Bush, Austin Hyatt, B.J. Rosenberg and J.C. Ramirez¬†along … Continue reading Phils cut nine; seeking infield help

Yankees sweep opening weekend series

It’s opening weekend and the standings show that the Phils are 0-2 to start Grapefruit League play. Be it that standings don’t matter, there are positives to consider in today’s 7-4 loss to the Yankees in Tampa. Hunter Pence crushed another two-run homer this spring in as many days, this one coming off Yankees starter … Continue reading Yankees sweep opening weekend series

Phils trade Valdez to Reds; get reliever Horst

The Phillies made a trade today, sending utility infielder – and one time reliever – Wilson Valdez to the Cincinnati Reds for left-hander Jeremy Horst, according to Matt Gelb. Horst, 26, had an ERA of 2.93 in 12 games of relief for the Reds last season. Those were the first 12 games of Horst’s career … Continue reading Phils trade Valdez to Reds; get reliever Horst

Redemption Song: Howard’s double redeems Lee

The phrasing of that title seems a bit odd: “Redeems Lee.” There isn’t much wrong Cliff Lee could ever do to require any sort of redemption. But this is the sport of baseball and funny things happen in the sport of baseball. Lee was one out away from his 7th shut out of the season, … Continue reading Redemption Song: Howard’s double redeems Lee

Phils complete four-game sweep of Reds

It was business as usual for the Phillies. They cruised through another mediocre team, with one minor hiccup, to sweep the Reds with a 6-4 win. It was the first time since May of 1916 that the Phils have swept a four-game series in Cincy. Ryan Howard mashed his 30th home run of the season, … Continue reading Phils complete four-game sweep of Reds

Oswalt’s fastball lacks zip; gets popped hard

The ball was leaving the bat extra hard tonight for the Marlins. That was mainly due to the lack of velocity in Roy Oswalt’s fastball. Oswalt mixed in a lot more breaking pitchers this go-around. And when he was using his fastball, none of the batters Oswalt was facing were missing. Instead, they were inducing … Continue reading Oswalt’s fastball lacks zip; gets popped hard

Mets spank Kendrick; avoid sweep

It was a rough first inning for Kyle Kendrick. And unfortunately, the rest of his team couldn’t recover from the hole he put them in. New York hit up arguably the Phillies seventh best starter for six runs in their 7-4 win to prevent a sweep. The defense didn’t back Kendrick at all in the … Continue reading Mets spank Kendrick; avoid sweep

Rollins has grade 2 groin strain; goes on DL

Jimmy Rollins will land himself on the DL with a grade 2 groin strain, reported by… well, Jimmy Rollins himself. Rollins injured his groin early in Sunday’s 5-4 loss to the Nats. He went up the middle to make a nice stop and throw but came up limping. He walked down the tunnel to the … Continue reading Rollins has grade 2 groin strain; goes on DL