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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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Roster Moves: RP Brummett Claimed By Blue Jays; Orr, Lerud Outrighted

The Phillies shook up their roster a bit today, making some room on their 40-man roster.

Starting with pitching, reliever Tyson Brummett was put on waivers and claimed by the Toronto Blue Jays. Brummett, 28, made his Major League debut in September, allowing a pair of hits and striking out two in his only appearance of the season.

The Phillies also outrighted infielder Pete Orr and catcher Steven Lerud from their 40-man roster, leaving the Phillies with 37 players and four players on the 60-day DL.

Orr, 33, spent the last two years with the Phillies and Triple-A affiliate Lehigh Valley. With the Phillies he hit .253 with nine of his 38 hits being extra-base hits.

Lerud, 28, played almost the entire season with Double-A Reading. Lerud did get 10 at-bats with the Phillies, notching a pair of singles.

Phillies Back Halladay’s Final Start of 2012 With Win

Phillies 9, Marlins 5
WP – Roy Halladay (11-8, 4.49)
LP – Ricky Nolasco (12-14, 4.48)

MIAMI — Roy Halladay finished the 2012 season with a 4.49 ERA. But he also finished with a win.

In a performance that was again mediocre by Halladay’s standards, Doc got the win in the Phillies 9-5 win over Miami. Halladay allowed five runs on six hits and three walks, striking out seven in five innings to bring his final record to 11-8.

Miami jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the 1st inning. Halladay surrendered four singles and a walk in the inning.

Pete Orr’s two-run double in the 2nd inning brought the Phillies to within 3-2. But after a Giancarlo Stanton’s solo homer in the 4th, the Marlins made some room with a 4-2 lead.

The Phillies got Halladay the only lead he would need in the 5th inning. Chase Utley hit a two-run single and Domonic Brown had an RBI triple to give the Phillies a 5-4 lead.

The Phillies padded the lead in the 7th with a Carlos Ruiz two-run single, making it a 7-4 game.

2B: Orr (5), Ruiz (30), Ruf (2). 3B: Brown (2).


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.


Phillies Activate Thome

The Phillies have activated first baseman Jim Thome from the DL today. To make room for Thome, the Phils optioned infielder Pete Orr to Lehigh Valley.

Yesterday, Matt Gelb did a short post about Thome’s future with the Phillies this season. After the Phillies next two games against the Dodgers, they go on a nine-game road trip against American League teams.

That means the Phillies will use a designated for all nine of those games, giving Thome a spot in the lineup so he can strictly hit. While he was in Clearwater rehabbing, he was strictly a DH as his back couldn’t handle the strains while playing first base.

This leaves Thome’s future bleak for the Phils when they finish their nine-game trip. If Thome is swinging the bat well, maybe an adjustment to their top left-handed pinch hitter won’t be as rough as it has statistically been proven in Thome’s career.

This year, Thome is only 2-for-12, striking out 10 times and walking only three times.

7th Inning Meltdown Costs Phils

The Phillies are finding new and clever ways to lose games.

A horrible 7th inning sparked a four-run come-back by the Mets, beating the Phillies 7-4 and guaranteeing another series loss for the Phillies.

Joe Blanton and the Phillies completely blew the 7th inning in embarrassing fashion, spoiling a 4-1 lead. Blanton put two runners on before allowing an RBI single by Kirk Nieuwenhuis to make it a 4-2 game.

Charlie Manuel then pulled Blanton in favor of Chad Qualls and the wheels fell off. Qualls gave up a base hit to David Wright, driving in a run. But the Phillies botched a run-down and a Pete Orr throwing error tied the game up.

Qualls then allowed an RBI single to Lucas Duda and the Mets took a 5-4 lead.

The bullpen didn’t do a single thing to keep the game close, giving up two more runs in the 9th inning to make it a 7-4 game.

It spoiled the early offense the Phillies got off Mets starter Miguel Batista. Hunter Pence hit his seventh home run of the year, a two-run shot in the 1st and the Phils tacked on two more runs in the 2nd to give them an early 4-0 lead.

Bats Stay Hot As Phils Finish Off D’Backs

Phillies SP Cole Hamels hits a bases loaded two-run single in the 6th inning of the Phillies 7-2 win on Wednesday afternoon. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

The Phillies’ offense is on a roll, words that have been dying to be uttered through the first three weeks of the season.

Philadelphia (8-9) tacked on seven more runs in the series finale, beating Arizona 7-2. They finished their 10-game western road trip with a 5-5 record.

Cole Hamels didn’t have to worry about a lack of run support this outing, focusing all of his attention on dealing against Arizona. Hamels (3-1) went eight strong, allowing two runs on four hits and a walk, striking out seven.

Hamels had retired 18 batters in row before three straight singles in the 7th inning plated the Diamondbacks first run.

After walking the bases loaded, Arizona got another run on a Pete Orr error, dropping the throw from Galvis at second that would have given Hamels a shot at an inning-ending double play. Instead, everyone was safe and the Diamondbacks made it a 6-2 game.

Orr redeemed himself, starting a 4-6-3 double play on the next batter to get Hamels out of a jam.

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Phils Win On 4th-Inning Bombs

Phillies 1B Laynce Nix celebrates with 3B Ty Wigginton after Nix's two-run homer in the 4th inning. (AP Photo/Matt York)

The five-run 9th inning of Tuesday’s 9-5 loss to the Diamondbacks may have sparked the offense.

Feeding off the meaningless outburst, the Phillies powered their way past Arizona with three home runs, winning 8-5 and snapping a three-game losing streak.

It all started with Hunter Pence, who many thought wouldn’t have even been in tonight’s line up. Less than 12 hours after having an MRI on his shoulder after sitting out yesterday’s game, he was in the line up.

Pence quieted any of the doubters he should be playing, ripping a two-run homer in the 4th inning that sparked a four-run inning..

Two batters later, Laynce Nix hit a two-run shot of his own to give the Phils a 4-0 cushion.

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Phillies Embarrassed in Arizona

D'Backs OF Justin Upton circles the bases after homering in the 4th inning. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

This young Phillies season has reached a new low.

In a game that was missing both Cliff Lee and Hunter Pence to injuries, the Phillies dropped the series opener to the Diamondbacks, 9-5.

Arizona got the Kyle Kendrick early and often, tapping into the spot starter for seven runs on 11 hits in three-plus innings. In the mean time, spot starter Wade Miley pitched six scoreless innings, allowing only two hits (doubles to Freddy Galvis and John Mayberry).

All but one of the starters in the Diamondbacks’ line up, including Miley, had a hit.

The Phillies almost scored their first run in the 8th. Pete Orr hit a two-out double to right field but was gunned out at the plate on the following single by Juan Pierre.

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Bowden (ESPN): Phils sign Fontenot



ORIGINAL — The Phillies are still stocking up on middle infield help, this time adding another player to the mix.

The Phils are reportedly going to sign free agent utility infielder Mike Fontenot to a one-year minor league contract, according to Jim Bowden of ESPN on Twitter.

Fontenot, who bats left-handed, played the last year and a half with the San Francisco Giants. Last season Fontenot hit .227 in 85 games with the Giants.

He’s a lateral move to Pete Orr, the current back up second baseman/short stop to Freddy Galvis.