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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 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.

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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Savery, Orr Finalize Roster

The Phillies used their final game of the spring, a 7-2 win over the Pirates at home to finalize their opening day roster.

The final two spots wenttoo utility infielder Pete Orr and lefty reliever Joe Savery.

Here is the Phillies 25-man roster, which will be lacking Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, Michael Martinez and Jose Contreras. All four will start the season on the DL.

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Phils add IF Blanco to the mix

The Phillies are bolstering up their middle infield stock heading into the season opener this upcoming Thursday.

By doing so they added infielder Andres Blanco. Blanco, 27, is a middle infielder who was cut by the Nationals the other day.

Blanco opted out of his contract when he knew he wasn’t going to make the Nationals. He will start with Triple-A Lehigh.

Blanco is a really good fielder, though his bat leaves something to be desired. In 32 Grapefruit League at-bats he has only two hits and three runs scored. In 235 games over six Major League seasons, Blanco is a career .255 hitter.

Hector Luna and Pete Orr have shots at making the Opening Day roster. As far as the bull pen, Joe Savery and Raul Valdes have shots to make the team as well. Read why.

Phils re-sign Orr

In the Phils first move of free agency, they signed utility infielder Pete Orr to a minor league contract with an invite to Spring Training.

Last season, Orr batted .219 (21-for-96) in a handful of stints with the Phils. He provides a good glove and pinch runner off the bench.

Hamels placed on DL with shoulder inflamation

Cole Hamels shoulder problems will land him on the 15-day DL, tweeted Todd Zolecki. Infielder Pete Orr will be called up in his place.

Zolecki followed that up with, “Hamels is scheduled to start series opener against Cincinnati on Aug. 29, which means he has been pushed back 3 days.” He also said, logically explaining the move since Hamels’ DL is retro-active to August 14, “I’m guessing they did this to give them an extra bench man with Ibanez hurting. Also gives Hamels a couple more days to rest.”

There you have it. Nothing to worry about.

All-Star CF Victorino lands on DL

In an up and down week for Shane Victorino, it ends with bad news.

Recently named to the NL All-Star team, Victorino was placed on the DL with a sprained ligament in his right thumb today. Pete Orr was called up and will take Victorino’s roster spot. Orr will likely be the player sent back down once Vance Worley is reactivated after the break.

The move is retroactive to July 4, meaning Victorino could be reactivated on July 19.

Victorino injured his thumb during last Sunday’s loss in Toronto when he tripped making a play, landing awkwardly on his hand.

Victorino’s bat will be missed in a crucial series against the Braves starting tonight. He is hitting .303 with 14 doubles, nine triples, nine home runs, 34 RBIs, 53 runs scored and 13 stolen bases. Expect a lot of playing time for John Mayberry, Jr.

Utley expected to return to lineup Monday

The Phillies, who have gone eight straight games without scoring more than three runs, are about to get some much needed reinforcements.

Second basemen Chase Utley will be in the clubhouse for today’s game against the Texas Rangers, and is expected to make his season debut on Monday against the Cincinnati Reds after missing the beginning of the season with patellar tendinitis in his right knee. Utley is not expected to play every day right away as both Ruben Amaro Jr. and Charlie Manuel want to make sure the knee injury does not flare up again.

Unlike Wilson Valdez and Michael Martinez who would have to be put on waivers to be sent down to the minors, Pete Orr does not which means he will likely be the man sent down to open up a roster spot for Utley.

Utley’s return could not come at a better time. The Phillies’ anemic offense has struggled to give their starters any run support, and haven’t been able to put up at least four runs in over a week. Utley’s ability to hit the long ball, something his replacements (Valdez, Orr, and Martinez) have not been able to do, should significantly improve this feeble offense and get more runs on the board.

How long will the slump last?

22 games into the season, the Phils (15-7) have already hit their first offensive slump.

This leaves the fans wondering: is this just an early season funk or is this going to be something to worry about all season.

In the team’s last 14 games, they have failed to score more than four runs despite holding a 9-5 record in that span – thanks to their great starting pitching and playing terrible teams.

Placido Polanco has been the lone bright spot in the Phillies line up. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

The struggling offense is all over the place right now. Outside of a scorching hot Placido Polanco, who is hitting .372 while driving in 15 runs (2nd on the team), the Phillies bats have gone silent.

Let’s attack the bottom of the order first. In the past week of games, the combination of Raul Ibanez, Carlos Ruiz and Wilson Valdez are a combined 2-for-63 with both hits coming from Valdez on infield singles. Those slumps have them hitting .179, .230 and .254 respectively. Read more of this post