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Phillies Prospect Cloyd’s Season Over

MIAMI — Phillies starting Tyler Cloyd’s season is done.

The 25-year-old right-hander has a tired arm, pitching coach Rich Dubee said, and he will not make his scheduled start on Tuesday in Washington.

Cloyd made 32 starts in AA, AAA and the Majors combined, throwing 200 innings. In six starts with the Phillies Cloyd was 2-2 with a 4.91 ERA.

Dubee quipped, “Maybe it’ll be a position player,” regarding a starter for Tuesday.


Willis experiences soreness

Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee isn’t too pleased with left-hander relief pitcher Dontrelle Willis for not fully disclosing some soreness in his left arm.

Willis, who did tell Dubee he was sore, said he was able to pitch anyway. Willis went ahead and pitched, giving up four runs in 2/3 of an inning to the Houston Astros.

Willis told reporters after the game that he felt some fatigue in his arm during the 6th inning and may have to back off the next couple of days. He will have it checked out tomorrow.

Willis also went on to tell the reporters that, “I was horse sh*t out there today.”

Brutal honesty. At least Willis was finally honest after the game.

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Doc to start All-Star Game

Roy Halladay will be the NL starter in the All-Star game on Tuesday, said Giants manager Bruce Bochy. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said there was no better pitcher than Roy Halladay to start for his NL squad in this year’s Mid Summer Classic.

That is why Bochy decided Doc will give the NL All Stars two innings of work in tomorrow night’s game in Arizona as his starting pitcher. Halladay was Charlie Manuel’s starter last season in the All-Star Game.

Earlier in the week, Phillies pitching coach made a comment about the heavy workload Halladay has already taken this season, being the league leader in innings pitched once again. He hinted at hoping Halladay would not pitch, and instead, Bochy go with Braves ace Jair Jurrjens. Jurrjens has a NL low 1.87 ERA to go with his NL high 12-3 record.

Dubee’s main concern was that it would be a health issue but both Halladay and Dubee agreed that two innings wouldn’t hurt the two-time Cy Young award winner, who is on pace for a third award.

“We both agree it’s not a health concern,” Halladay said. “It’s just making sure I’m fresh for the second half. As soon as things are over, we’ll assess how things went here and where to go from there. As long as we handle it on the back end, it’s not a health concern.”

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Lidge nearing first minor league appearence

RHP Brad Lidge (David Maialetti /Philly Inquirer)

Remember this guy? Brad Lidge says he is nearing his first minor league stint, good news for the righty and certainly good news for the depth of the Phillies bull pen.

Lidge feels his partially torn rotator cuff is well enough for him to begin a rehab assignment.

“Honestly,” Lidge said, “my shoulder right now feels like nothing ever happened.”

Though Lidge is optimistic, it will all depend on how much faith GM Ruben Amaro, manager Charlie Manuel and pitching coach Rich Dubee will have in Lidge for they will be the guys signing off on his innings and assignments.

But if Lidge doesn’t suffer any setbacks, he is hopeful to be back by the end of July. By then, the Phils will be hopeful their two injured relievers Ryan Madson and Jose Contreras along with starter Joe Blanton are back. With those guys possibly back, it will be interesting to see who Lidge replaces.

The Phils have gotten a lot of great innings from lefty Antonio Bastardo and righty Michael Stutes, their two youngest arms in the pen with the brightest futures.

For now, Lidge has to get that assignment. Time will tell on the rest.

Dubee, KK get into altercation

According to a conversation Kyle Scott of Crossing Broad had with one of his followers, apparently Kyle Kendrick and pitching coach Rich Dubee got into a little argument/fight this morning.

The reader @Matty_Ice_215 tweeted Scott about the altercation in which Kendrick said something to Dubee, Dubee grabbed Kendrick and then Kendrick walked away.

Here is the picture of the two talking in the shallow outfield after the altercation:

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Pitching will stay the same

Charlie Manuel confirmed earlier today that the Phillies will stay in rotation. Joe Blanton will start the series tomorrow against the Milwaukee Brewers with Roy Halladay pitching Tuesday and Cliff Lee on Wednesday.

Keeping the rotation’s order gives Roy Oswalt an extra day of recovery time. Oswalt, he suffered back spasms in Friday’s loss to Florida, will throw a bull pen session on Monday.

Randy Miller got some quotes from Oswalt that he tweeted earlier: “Yesterday I was a little sore, but today it feels better than it did… You’re not able to tell a lot walking around, but it feels all right. “

Pitching coach Rich Dubee also expressed confidence that Oswalt will be ready to go Thursday.

Another reason the Phillies probably aren’t skipping any starts is because of the streak of games they have yet to play. The Phils aren’t off again until April 28, a span of 10 games.

Lidge has sore right bicep

Brad Lidge certainly hasn’t been the same since his perfect season in 2008.

Today it was revealed that Lidge has tendinitis in his right bicep. However pitching coach Rich Dubee wasn’t overly concerned.

The team isn’t sure when Lidge will be scheduled to pitch again. They have said that they still expect the Phillies’ closer to be ready by Opening Day.

He has already made five appearances in Grapefruit League play so he has had opportunities to throw in live game action. Lidge has a 9.00 ERA in those appearances.

Dubee added that Lidge’s arm isn’t as strong as it should be right now so he will take a few days off to rest.

Phils Set Up Pitching for Braves

Just the news Phillies fans were expecting to hear. Pitching coach Rich Dubee seriously considered it. You could tell he wanted to do it. Well he did it.

The Phillies will flop Kyle Kendrick and Roy Oswalt’s starts this weekend to pitch the Phillies big three against the Atlanta Braves in their home series Monday-Wednesday. Cole Hamels will start the series on Monday, Roy Halladay, who completely dominated the Braves in his two starts against them this year will pitch on Tuesday, and Oswalt will go on Wednesday.

This was a highly anticipated move that could allow the Phillies to distance themselves from the Braves in the NL East in which they currently hold a one-game lead.

Allowing the Phillies to do this is their one-day lay-off on Thursday. Oswalt will pitch Friday and Kendrick will pitch Saturday. Joe Blanton will pitch Sunday to cap the Nationals series as the Phillies will play their first three of six crucial games against the Braves.

Doc to Face Shrek Tuesday

The Phillies decided it was best to adjust their rotation for their upcoming series with the New York Yankees. Roy Halladay and Kyle Kendrick will be trading spots in the rotation because coach Rich Dubee wants Halladay to have six more starts before the All-Star Break and not five. The move will pitch Halladay on Tuesday against Yankees ace C.C. Sabathia and line him up to pitch against the first-place Minnesota Twins instead of the last-place Cleveland Indians during the Phillies’ stretch of interleague play.

“I ain’t worried about who we’re getting him against,” Dubee said. “I’m just getting him six starts instead of five.”

Dan MacNeal, myself, and five others will be thrilled with the move as the seven of us will be invading Yankee Stadium on Tuesday to see the classic battle between Doc and Shrek.


ROLLINS TO REHAB — Jimmy Rollins will begin his rehab process Tuesday according to Todd Zolecki on Twitter. He was supposed to begin on Monday but it got pushed back a day for unknown reasons. Hopefully the Phillies won’t rush him back this time so he can last longer than a week in the line up.

Lidge Opts With Cortisone

Brad Lidge is relieved the injury to his elbow is minor. All he needed was a cortisone shot after the Phillies’ team physician Dr. Michael Ciccotti and a renowned surgeon Dr. James Andrews looked at the MRI and concluded that was the necessary treatment. Lidge is also expected to avoid any rehab and return off the DL May 25, Zach Schonbron of reported.

“It’s a relief,” Lidge said. “I’m fortunate that it’s just the joint cleared up and they’ve got ways to treat it. Hopefully as soon as I get off the DL, I’ll be able to throw in games.”

There was no damage to his elbow or any loose bodies, the same thing that was surgically repaired in the offseason.

“They said it is possible that this thing could happen after surgery, that setbacks are possible,” Lidge said. “They really said you shouldn’t have to deal with any more after this — it’s kind of the last stage to getting to 100 percent. It happened, and hopefully now I’ll be able to bounce back and get back up and get into midseason form.”

In other news, J.A. Happ threw 20 pitches in a bullpen side session on Monday and reported no pain in his strained left forearm. Last time he threw off a mound, he had a set back.

“Today was a big hurdle,” Dubee said. “This is where we got to last time, and he didn’t respond very well. He responded much better today.”