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Phillies Could Possibly Worry About Worley

Phillies SP Vance Worley (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

There is one name in all of baseball that is feared when it’s uttered: Dr. James Andrews.

Phillies injured starting pitcher Vance Worley visited Dr. Andrews Monday afternoon, seeking a second opinion on his elbow. UPDATE (via Todd Zolecki): Worley back from 2nd opinion. Said same diagnosis as Phillies doctors. No Tommy John. Will have to pitch rest of year with bone chip.

 Usually when Andrews is involved, it’s because he’s the best doctor in sports, specializing in the Tommy John surgery.

It was reported by the Philadelphia Inquirer that Worley has a small bone chip in his right elbow.

“He has a small body embedded in the lining of his joint,” Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. “We don’t think it’s the reason why he had inflammation, but it’s possible. This is something that’s not very uncommon. But it could be the cause of some of the inflammation. We haven’t heard from Andrews.”

Worley originally went on the disabled list with elbow inflammation. Before the injury, Worley was 3-2 with a 3.07 ERA in seven starts.

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Game 40: Boston Tea Party

Phillies SP Cole Hamels (Photo by Brian Garfinkel/Getty Images)

PHILADELPHIA — Interleague play is here!

It’s a weekend series in Philly between the Phillies and Red Sox. A year ago when the two teams met up, it was dubbed a World Series preview.

A year later, the two teams fell up short in the post season (Boston missed the playoffs on the last day) and both teams find themselves currently in the cellar of their respective divisions. (Boston is the only team in either East division under .500.)

Though they are both in the cellar, both teams have a different outlook on this series.

For the Sox, they want to get out of the cellar as bad as anyone (Phillies too). But they have a National spotlight thrust on them every day of the season, a burden they’ve been carrying for over a decade.

The Phillies carry the same burden, but they are hoping to continue riding the huge wave of success that has greeted them this past week. With a five-game winning streak and their first trip over .500 since being 1-0, the Phillies have their eyes set again on first place, which is only four games out of reach.

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Oswalt to remain FA until midseason

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Roy Oswalt will not be starting the season with a team, and this in turn may be a really good thing.

Just like Roger Clemens did in 2006 and 2007, Oswalt will start the season unsigned and offer up his services to a Major League club at the midseason point, according to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick.

Oswalt is 159-93 with three All-Star appearances in 11 seasons with the Houston Astros and Phillies.

What does this mean for Oswalt? Is he a candidate to come back to the Phillies and boost their rotation in the second half of the season?

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Still a chance Oswalt returns to Philadelphia

(Yong Kim/Philly Inquirer)

Roy Oswalt’s next destination is still up in the air, especially with his price tag plummeting.

Fox Sports’ Jon Morosi thinks the Phillies, Reds and Red Sox are all still in the hunt to land the right-hander, who’s talks with the Cardinals and Rangers has seemingly hit a snag. With Oswalt’s price being a little too high for St. Louis and Texas, it could allow for the other remaining teams to jump in and lure Oswalt to their team.

Oswalt’s option for 2012 wasn’t picked up by the Phillies back in November. This was partly due to the $15 million he would have made with the Phillies as well as the back problems he suffered throughout the 2011 season.

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Phils offer arbitration to Madson, Rollins, Ibanez

In a move to get compensation for possibly losing three crucial free agents this off season, the Phillies offered arbitration to closer Ryan Madson, short stop Jimmy Rollins and left fielder Raul Ibanez.

All three have until December 7 to accept or decline the arbitration. If they accept, they will sign a one-year deal with the dollar amount determined through arbitration. If they decline and sign elsewhere, the Phillies will be compensated for the loss.

Both Rollins and Madson are considered elite free agents. If they sign elsewhere, the Phillies will receiver two picks: one being a sandwich pick, and the other depending on where the signing team’s first-round selection falls – if it’s a top 15 pick, the Phils get a 2nd rounder. If it’s below, the Phils get that pick. In this case, they’d hope a good team signs one of the free agents.

With the Phillies signing Jonathan Papelbon last week, it looks like the Phils will be getting compensation from Madson, who will be seeking a nice pay day elsewhere.

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Oswalt eying New York

Photo from ESPN: Rick Osentoski/US Presswire

The New York Yankees have two pitchers on their radars to bolster their weak rotation.

Both Texas ace C.J. Wilson and Phillies vet Roy Oswalt have a mutual interest with the Yankees, reported ESPN. Wilson was pretty obvious, with him being the top free agent starting pitcher on the market and New York in dire need to bolster a weak rotation that still features C.C. Sabbathia and young arm Ivan Nova.

The Phillies declined Oswalt’s option of $16 million due to him in 2012. Oswalt expressed he is looking for a long-term deal, something the Yanks would be willing to commit.

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Oswalt Seeking Long-Term Deal

Free agent starting pitcher Roy Oswalt is seeking a long-term deal according to his agent, Bob Garber.

“His back feels great,” Garber told “He’s definitely looking for a long-term contract.”

This coming only seven months after Oswalt said he is mulling retirement at the end of the season. But with his back feeling much better, the 34-year-old thinks he has a few more years left in him.

Last season, Oswalt went 9-10 with a 3.69 ERA in 23 starts, his lowest since 2003 due to back issues.

If the Phillies do have interest in bringing Oswalt back, it won’t be for “long term” (maybe two with an option for a third year) and a lot less than the $16 million he would have been owed in 2012 if they accepted his option.

Phils decline options for Lidge, Oswalt

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“(The) Phillies, as expected, decline options on Roy Oswalt and Brad Lidge,” according to Matt Gelb on Twitter.

Oswalt was expected to make $16 million in 2012 if the Phils took up his option. They had a $2 million buyout on his contract. Lidge’s option was worth $12.5 million with a $1.5 million buyout.

Both players will likely not be back with the Phillies if Oswalt decides to not retire or take less money or if Lidge decides to take less money.

GM Ruben Amaro did say in a statement that he would negotiate with both pitchers.

This could have very well been Oswalt’s last chance at a World Series ring, a complete shame indeed.

The aftermath: Phils news Oct. 11, 2011

(AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Earlier today, Shane Victorino, Jimmy Rollins and Ruben Amaro Jr. all held press conferences starting at 11:30.

Tomorrow, Charlie Manuel will address the media to answer more questions on a struggling offense among other things that went wrong last week in the Phils NLDS exit to the Cardinals in five games.

Along with the press conferences, a series of other small updates occurred today.

-You can read about Rollins’ presser and some Amaro comments here.

-Victorino discussed disappointment in his press conference. He also talked about the Phils offense and how he knows that Manuel won’t want to change anything about their approach to hitting.

-Amaro’s comments can be read on CSN Philly. To summarize, he challenged Manuel and hitting coach Greg Gross to do a better job with the offense. He also didn’t go into any detail on negotiations – nothing unusual – with Rollins, starting pitcher Cole Hamles and closer Ryan Madson. He did express that he would like to have all three back.

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Oswalt cleans out locker

Roy Oswalt discussed retiring at the end of the season earlier this year. Could this be a sign of him accepting his career is over or was it just an act of frustration.

One of the TTB writers will have an Oswalt post up in the coming weeks. It will be a part of a handful of off season discussions.