Odds And Ends

Odds & Ends and Gameday: Twins at Phillies

With the rain pushing back J.A Happ’s start, the Phillies altered their rotation for the week. On Monday, Roy Halladay will start and Jamie Moyer will pitch in a B game. Cole Hamels will pitch on Tuesday, Joe Blanton Wednesday, Kyle Kendrick Friday, and Halladay on Saturday. The Phillies have off on Thursday, when Happ will throw again.

Happ will start in today’s game against the Minnesota Twins.  It can be seen on MYPHL 17 and MLB Network at 1:00 p.m.  Carl Pavano will take the hill for the Twins. 

The Twins lineup will consist of almost all regulars, except Joe Mauer: Denard Span, Orlando Hudson, Justin Morneau, Jim Thome, Michael Cuddyer, Wilson Ramos, Delmon Young, J.J Hardy and Nick Punto.

For the Phillies, all the regulars are in the lineup for the first time this spring: Jimmy Rollins, Placido Polanco, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth, Raul Ibanez, Shane Victorino, Ben Francisco, and Carlos Ruiz.

Here’s your odds and ends for the day:

-Phillippe Aumont, Yohan Flande, Scott Mathieson, Drew Naylor, J.C Ramirez, Jesus Sanchez, Joe Savery, Bill White, Tuffy Gosewisch, Kevin Nelson, John Suomi, Freddy Galvis, Quentin Berry and Tyson Gillies have all been re-assigned to minor league camp.

Scott Matheison is the most surprising name on the list. Ruben Amaro said that Matheison could appear in the big leagues in 2010, but also said that he needed to “refine” his secondary pitches.

-It is still uncertain if J.C Romero and Brad Lidge will be ready by April 5. Romero says not to count him out for Opening Day, although it appears to be a long shot at this point.

Romero threw 30 pitches yesterday, and mixed in a few changeups. Romero will start throwing sliders tomorrow.

Today, Lidge threw to a few hitters. On Monday, Lidge will likely throw in a minor league game.  Both Lidge and Romero see progress.



  1. Manny

    March 13, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    Happ had an amazing outing! 4 innings, 1 hit, 3 Ks!

    Durbin 1 inning, 2 Ks!

    Now, it’s Bastardo’s turn… I hope he keeps it going! We’re gonna need this guy in our pen!

  2. Manny

    March 13, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    And I just witnessed Shane Victorino’s worst error ever…

  3. Manny

    March 13, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    Clay Condrey sighting!

  4. PhillyGirlinMichigan

    March 13, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    So glad this is on MLB network…. Clay looked better in red.

  5. Andrew

    March 13, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    Chris Wheeler
    Stop the madness please

  6. christopher

    March 13, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    watched more of the flyers but the little that i saw was promising. nice stuff from baez there even with getting into a little trouble. happ was flat out dealing. wish bastardo had a better outing but he was mixing some breaking balls in there and didn’t pitch as poorly as his line indicates.

  7. Manny

    March 13, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    I agree, christopher… Bastardo was actually throwing some pretty good pitches… it seems that the hits he gave up were all weak down the middle, and then he paid the price for a couple defensive mistakes… Not worried too much about his outing.

    Mad Dog and Baez looked good, too. Great pitching today all-around.

  8. steve

    March 13, 2010 at 4:58 pm


    How ridiculous was the bill conlin article?

  9. Phan in ATL

    March 13, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    In fairness to Conlin, he acknowledged his article would be strongly debated. The current Yanks infield is undeniably stronger, but I love ours. How bout his stab at poetry? What about this:

    Halladay then Hamels; Blanton & Happ
    Just another week where we widen the gap.


  10. The Dipsy

    March 13, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    Well, it was interesting that Bill did leave out the catchers position in his infield. If the catcher was included it would be neither the Yanks or Phils but the 75-76 Reds. Throwing Johnny Bench in there kinda tips the scales a bit.

    The Dipsy

  11. George

    March 13, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    Once again in defense of Conlin, he did not say the Phils’ 2010 infield was the best, he said it was POTENTIALLY the best. I wish people would pay a little more attention to the actual words. No wonder newspapers are failing; people don’t know how to read them.

    Also, Conlin is not the only person who doesn’t figure the catcher as part of the infield; there are certainly those who believe the catcher is an entire separate classification, much as most people don’t consider the pitcher to be an infielder. A second baseman, for example, doesn’t have to block pitches and throw out base stealers. A second baseman also doesn’t throw breaking stuff.

    The part of the Conlin article which I found pretty stupid was the comparison with Tinker, Evers, and Chance. Sure, they were “modern era” players, but the ball was still deader than the Marlin’s grandstands, and the mitts were barely padded and about the size of surgical gloves.

  12. beta sigma delta shag

    March 13, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    Phil and talksportsphilly, I think you miss the point of Conlin’s article, he was not considering defense, purly power, look at the stats he uses, home runs and rbis, he was not talking about defensivly. So the Yankees argument of Tex goes out the window, and how much of a difference is 280 and 270 when 270 hits more home runs and has more RBIs, not much, so Howard is a clear winner over tex. And he explains the problem with A-Roid on why his numbers are off. I am not saying I totaly agree with Conlin, his opion is in no way totaly off base, speaking strictly power numbers wise

  13. George

    March 13, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    I see nothing surprising at all about sending Mathieson to minor league camp. The Phils’ management has been saying all spring that he needed innings, and needed work on his secondary pitches.

    If you look at his innings pitched since his second Tommy John surgery, it’s easy to see that that Mathieson hasn’t pitched enough to prove he’s fully recovered. With TJ surgery, it’s the fastball that comes back first; breaking balls take a lots more innings pitched, which Mathieson hasn’t had yet.

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