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Rosters Expand; Schierholtz Activated From DL

ATLANTA — The rosters all around baseball expanded to 40 today.

With that, the Phillies made their first move of the final month, activating outfielder Nate Schierholtz from the 15-day DL. With Schierholtz’s activation, no one has to be sent back down in his place.

In the coming weeks that won’t be the only player to be added to the roster. Expect a few prospects and returning pitchers to make appearances for the remaining 30 games.

That list includes pitchers Joe Savery, Michael Schwimer and possibly Justin De Fratus and a first-look at J.C. Ramirez. As far as position players, Jason Pridie and Pete Orr could make it back to the Majors.



Late Offense Leads Rockies Past Phillies

Rockies 6, Phillies 2
WP – Christian Friedrich (5-6, 5.60)
LP – Cliff Lee (1-6, 3.92)

DENVER — The second half of the season didn’t get off exactly the way the Phillies were hoping.

A dismal offensive showing mixed in with a flustered Cliff Lee led to a 6-2 loss to the Rockies on Friday. The Rockies offense poured it on in the late innings, putting this game away early.

With the score tied 1-1, it all came crashing down on a frustrated Lee in the 6th inning. Lee allowed five batters to reach base with two outs, including an RBI on a sacrifice fly by Jason Rutledge and an RBI single by Eric Young to make it 3-1.

After Lee’s day ended, Michael Schwimer got hit around in the 7th inning. An RBI single by Ramon Hernandez and an RBI triple by Michael Cuddyer gave Colorado a 5-1 lead. Cuddyer then came home on an over-throw by Carlos Ruiz on a pick-off attempt to make it 6-1.

2B: Rollins (20). 3B: Rollins (5).


State of the Phillies: A State of Panic?

Going into this post, I really didn’t know what I wanted to write. So a fair warning: this is me babbling incoherently about how awful the Phillies are and how the fact the sky is falling. Ready, Go!

I want to panic with the Phillies 31-37 record following a sweep in Toronto and 3-6 road trip. I want to panic with the Phillies being nine games out of first place and in last place of the division.

But it’s June with just over 90 games to play on the season and the Phillies will be getting back Chase Utley in at the most two weeks. Surely with that allotted amount of time left in the season and with the health of the team bound to improve fans shouldn’t be jumping ship yet.

It’s easier said than done and it has sent the Phillies into an early panic mode, at least it should.

The Phillies are still without their Big Three. Utley will be back in two weeks at the latest, Ryan Howard is still a mystery and Roy Halladay still has over a month to go before a return becomes possible.

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Wieters Crushes Double in O’s Second Straight Walk-Off Win

Orioles designated hitter Matt Wieters watching his walk-off double in the 10th inning. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

Orioles 5, Phillies 4 (10 innings)
WP – David O’Day (0-1, 3.06)
LP – Joe Savery (4-0, 1.78)

BALTIMORE — The quality that Baltimore that has made it such a successful team in the league’s toughest division is that they have the ability to strike at any given moment.

A pair of timely sources of power led the Orioles to their second straight walk-off hit in extra innings of the series, a 5-4 win in 10 innings Sunday afternoon. This one came from Matt Wieters, and it was a missile.

In the 10th after Ty Wigginton allowed an Adam Jones ground ball to tie him up, Wieters blasted a double off the wall in right field, scoring Jones from first to end the game.

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Rosenberg Gets First Crack At Majors

Phillies RHP B.J. Rosenberg (Photo by Stephen Flood/Express Times)

BALTIMORE — The funny thing about Raul Valdes getting sent down last night was the fact his tenure in the Majors was very good.

His only downfall was that he threw from the wrong side of the mound.

The Phillies have a shortage of righties in their pen right now (Chad Qualls, Michael Schwimer and closer Jonathan Papelbon) and needed to drop one of their three lefties to add a fourth right-handed arm.

Valdez drew the short straw and it made room for IronPig standout B.J. Rosenberg to try his hand at the Major League level.

Rosenberg, 26, was drafted in the 13th round of the 2008 amateur draft out of the University of Louisville. In 11 games and 20 2/3 innings pitched at Lehigh, he has a 1.74 ERA with 26 strikeouts and six walks.

Rosenberg will hopefully lift a pen whose righties haven’t been that good. Qualls has an ERA of 5.32 in 22 innings this season and Schwimer is at a 7.56 in only 8 1/3 innings. Even Papelbon has been terrible in non-save situations (6.41 ERA in 8 1/3 innings) despite a perfect 16-for-16 in saves this season.

The Phillies will still seek outside help as the trade deadline nears.

Contreras Suffers Season-Ending Injury

UPDATE 2 — Jose Contreras’ season is done.

Contreras tore the UCL and flexor pronator tendon in his right elbow and will be out for the rest of the season.

UPDATE 1 — Phillies reliever Jose Contreras had an MRI this morning and was revealed that he has a right elbow strain.

Contreras is having bad luck with his right elbow, which kept him out of most of last season, and that he had surgery on last September.

The Phillies called up Michael Schwimer to fill Contreras’ spot in the bullpen.

It’s incredibly frustrating for Contreras, who had been rolling hispast 11 appearances this season. In those 11 games, Contreras was 1-0 with a 1.86 ERA in 9 2/3 innings.

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Phillies Call Up Three From LHV

Since Michael Schwimer can’t do much as a pitcher right now, he’s taking up a job in journalism.

Going by that tweet, the Phillies will be making a ton of moves regarding their bullpen and the injury to Laynce Nix.

First off, the Phillies announced last night they were optioning reliever Joe Savery to Lehigh. And with both lefty Jake Diekman and righty Raul Valdes being mentioned in the tweet, that means another reliever will be sent down as well.

Top candidate for that is Brian Sanches and his 2.75 WHIP and 11.25 ERA in four innings.

In 11 outings for Lehigh, Valdes is 1-2 with a 3.86 ERA and 26 strike outs in 21 innings. Diekman is 1-0 with a 0.59 ERA in 15 1/3 innings (13 games) of work with 22 strike outs.

Nix reinjured his calf during a pinch-hit single in yesterday’s loss and could possibly wind up on the DL. Right-handed hitting Hector Luna will be the guy filling in, hitting .277 with a homer and 12 RBIs so far in AAA.

If Nix doesn’t go on the DL then catcher Erik Kratz could be sent back down.

Game 32: Lee Returns… But Will the Offense?

Phillies SP Cliff Lee (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

The Phillies will have Cliff Lee on the hill tonight, hoping the left-hander can prevent the Phillies from a sweep at the hands of the Mets and to fall to four games under .500 for the first time since May 2007.

In order to make room for Lee on the roster, the Phillies sent reliever Michael Schwimer back to Lehigh Valley. The move came a day after Schwimer allowed two runs in the 2/3 of a 9th inning he pitched against the Mets in the Phillies 7-4 loss.

In five games, Schwimer has allowed six runs in 6 1/3 innings of work on seven hits and two walks, giving him a brutal WHIP of 1.89.

Lee should provide a spark to the Phillies starting pitching, which has been exceptional to start this season. How late into the game Lee will go is a mystery but if he can at least manage seven innings, it should allow the bull pen to hopefully hold down a lead. (Antonio Bastardo and Jonathan Papelbon are the only relievers with an ERA at 3.00 or lower.)

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Poor Umpiring Costs Phillies In 7th

Phillies manager Charlie Manuel argues with home plate umpire Rob Drake over balls and strikes in the 1st inning. Manuel was ejected. (AP Photo/Richard Lipski)

The game never should have gone 11 innings because it should have been over after nine.

An embarrassing display of umpiring in the 7th inning cost the Phillies an important fourth run. Instead, they wound up losing 4-3 in 11 innings, and dropping the first of a three-game series to Washington.

The Phillies were robbed twice in the same at-bat of an insurance run in the 7th inning while maintaining a 3-2 lead after the Nats added another run in the 5th.

With one out and Shane Victorino on second, Carlos Ruiz ripped a base hit over the third base bag. But because umpire Joe West was sick, the officiating crew was short one man and home plate umpire Rob Drake ruled it a foul ball.

Later in Ruiz’s at-bat, Victorino attempted to steal third but was called out despite the replays showed he was safe. Ruiz then roped a liner into right field that would have scored Victorino.

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Jones Walks Off A Wild One

Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz celebrates with 2B Freddy Galvis after hitting a three-run homer in the 7th inning. Ruiz had seven RBIs in the game. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

Larry “Chipper” Jones has made a career killing the Phillies.

He did it again.

Jones hit a two-run walk-off home run in the bottom of the 11th inning off of Brian Sanches in a wild 15-13 win by the Braves in a game that saw five lead changes. The Phillies entered the game at .500 but failed to get over that mark for the first time since being 1-0.

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