Odds & Ends: Halladay, Injuries, Minor Deals

March is quickly coming to an end.  The Phillies play one more game in Clearwater before returning north for an exhibition series against the Pittsburgh Pirates.  April 5th will be here before we know it.  There was plenty of Phillies news to end the third month of the year:

  • The Phillies lost to the Toronto Blue Jays, 5-2.

Roy Halladay surrendered four runs in the first inning.  He would settle down by striking out the side in the second, and retiring the side in order in the third.  In the three innings he worked, he struck out five.

Placido Polanco and Ben Francisco provided the Phillies with their only two runs.  They each hit solo shots.

Lidge is having elbow troubles once again.  Lidge has inflammation on the outer part of his elbow.  His off-season surgery was on the inner part.  No MRI will be required for this injury, as there is no structural damage.

Michael Ciccotti, the team physician, said that the injury is due to “[Lidge’s] reconditioning routine.”  Lidge’s goal is to return by mid-April, although it could be later.

The Phillies will not know more about the injury until tomorrow, when Blanton is examined by the team doctor.  Blanton, who was scheduled to pitch on Saturday, felt the injury when throwing a bullpen session today.

Blanton has never been placed on the disabled list in his career.  If Blanton were to miss time during the season, Kyle Kendrick would likely be the one to fill his shoes.

If the Blanton and Lidge injuries weren’t bad enough, Carlos Ruiz was kept out of today’s lineup after being hit by a pitch on the arm yesterday.  The move was just cautionary though.

Both pitchers will report to minor league camp.  These moves could kick Brandon Duckworth out of Triple-A.

Fogg was recently released by the New York Mets.  He has a career 62-69 record, and 5.03 ERA.   Taubenheim has only pitched in 46 major league innings, and also has an ERA over five.



  1. John

    March 31, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    Man, the FO must really be looking for any arms they can get for the ‘pen right now. DeFratus, Brummett, Kissock??? Who the hell?

    I’m not too worried about Lidge, I’ve had one of those cortisone shots for my back, and it worked wonders. Hopefully Joe’s strain isn’t too serious, we certainly are gonna need him to have about 200 IP.

  2. Ryk

    March 31, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    Something just doesn’t sound right about picking up a guy released from the Mets rotation.

  3. Burrgundy

    March 31, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    Remember Ryan Franklin? He really stunk as a starter for us then became a relief pitcher and was really solid. Maybe, just maybe, Josh Fogg can follow that pattern and be an asset to our bullpen. Evidently he was solid last year for the Rockies in that role.

  4. John

    March 31, 2010 at 11:39 pm

    The thing with Fogg last year was that he had an incredibly lucky BABIP of .197 out of the pen for the Rockies.

  5. Craig

    April 1, 2010 at 7:09 am

    Please don’t use the headline Halladay, Injuries

    The less alert amongst us will fail to notice the comma on the first read.


  6. NJ

    April 1, 2010 at 7:31 am

    Got to have veteran depth in AAA when you have kids you really want to be able to play for the big club, my biggest criticism of the FO is the purgatory that has been the AAA club since they were the Red Barons. I’m not expecting to contend for the AAA title each year but you have to surround your kids with guys who aren’t just finding there way in the game, especially the potential role guys who are always going to have to work for their spot.

    TBH really glad it’s pretty much a foregone conclusion Lidge will start on the DL, you don’t win a pennant/title in April and this’ll give him the opportunity to get his body and mind on the same page which just wasn’t the case last year.

  7. George

    April 1, 2010 at 9:08 am

    Ryan Franklin never started for the Phils, although he wanted to. He was simply a bad reliever until he hooked on with the Cards.

    My worry is not Lidge, but Blanton. No one expected Lidge to be ready on time anyway. Blanton, though, is a key rotation guy. I hope his injury is very minor.

    As far as Fogg and Taubenheim are concerned, they were signed just in case something goes wrong with the other “just in case” signings. I just wish they were lefties, because so far Bastardo hasn’t been at all consistent.

  8. NJ

    April 1, 2010 at 10:57 am

    The worry with Blanton is the injury will linger but if KK’s not the guy and your not going to spot start Contreras or Bastardo then I’d feel pretty OK turning the ball over to Carpenter or giving Savery a few starts. It’s rare to take an up to 6 week hit in the rotation and have options, there are so many ways the Phils can go to fill those starts without touching a May or Worley or even a Naylor or Stutes.

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