Week in Review: 3/21 – 3/27 – Phillies Nation

Week in Review: 3/21 – 3/27

This is the last Sunday of the Grapefruit League.  It is the last Sunday of Spring Training.  With three games left this Spring, and two of them being played at Citizens Bank Park, we as fans can’t help but to look towards the start of the season.

Obviously there some things not looking forward to.  Like the DL list.  The Phillies will start the season with both Brad Lidge and Chase Utley on the DL.  Utley has never been able to shake patellar tendinitis, chondromalacia and bone inflammation in his right knee.  He hasn’t been able to run or field ground balls since February.

Lidge missed some games earlier this month due to tendinitis in his right elbow.  He was able to come back, throw a little and was optimistic that he would be ready for Opening Day.  However, it’s Lidge’s shoulder that will land him on the DL.  This is something that worries the team and Lidge as he said ‘I’m a little concerned, because I haven’t had shoulder problems in the past.’

In his four seasons with the Phillies, this is the third time he will start the season on the disabled list.  If all goes well, the earliest Lidge could come back is April 9.  He will have an MRI this week in Philadelphia.

Other ailing Phillies are obviously Domonic Brown, who broke his hand earlier this Spring, and third baseman Placido Polanco.  He hyperextended his left elbow about two weeks ago.  It was the same elbow he had bone fragments removed from in the offseason.  Polanco has played two games since returning and will take part in the final Grapefruit League game Monday against the Astros.  Polly is hitting only .171 this Spring, but Charlie Manuel isn’t concerned.  He isn’t a man of many words, and even when he is you can’t fully understand him anyways.  He merely said, “He can hit.”  There you go.

Roy Halladay had his final tune up for Opening Day today and went three innings without allowing a run.  Doc finished the Spring with a 0.42 ERA and a WHIP of 0.92.  The other Roy, Oswalt, looks to be shaken but not stirred after taking a line drive off the dome piece from Manny Ramirez.  He is expected to make his next start after all tests came back negative on his head and neck.

The Phillies are assured of finishing over .500 this Spring and look to start the year off with a bang.  Ryan Madson will step in as the closer, with the help of Jose Contreras, while Lidge is out.  And as the season lingers closer, the roster will have to be determined.

via Todd Zolecki – The Phillies plan to carry 13 position players, and 11 of those spots have been locked up: catchers Carlos Ruiz and Brian Schneider; infielders Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins, Placido Polanco and Wilson Valdez; and outfielders Raul Ibanez, Shane Victorino, Ben Francisco, Ross Gload and John Mayberry Jr.

This means there are two bench spots up for grabs.  Pete Orr, Luis Castillo, Delwyn Young and Michael Martinez are competing for those two spots.  Zolecki thinK. Martinez has an inside track on one of those spots, and the Phillies have a couple more games to figure out the other.

Five more days Nation.  162 games, err I mean 173.  World Series or bust?  Sounds good to me.

Go Phillies!

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  1. Manny

    March 28, 2011 at 9:12 am

    Can’t believe that baseball starts this WEEK!!!! GAHHHHh asajsijqwmd93k,a0s!!

  2. betasigmadeltashag

    March 28, 2011 at 9:33 am

    Maybe it is because I no longer live in the Philadelphia area, but I do not get WS or bust attitude. Do I think they should win the division and compete to WFC. But it is baseball, 162 games to enjoy, cheer for cried with yelled at, question moves frustrate over guys left on third with less then two outs, bases loaded no outs and scoreing one run. Will I be disapointed if they lose in October will it piss me off for weeks, yes. But I refuse not to enjoy the season, it is baseball and anything can happen. How often does the best team win the WS. I do not have the expectations a lot of you seem to have that the 162 games are meaningless if they are not WFC.
    Now that rant is over I really like the idea of Big Truck closing until Lidge shows he can come back. This way it leaves Madson in a roll he is comfortable. I know Mad dog wants to be the closer of the future for this team, but I think it is mostly to be paid, and I think they can pay him to be the best set up man in the game. Anyway , looking forward to my trip down from Vermont on Thursday of the games Friday and Sunday hope to see you all there

    • bfo_33

      March 28, 2011 at 2:32 pm

      Maybe it’s because I don’t feel like I wasted my time at the Vet in the mid 80s – 2004, but I agree fully. Every season, I hope for meaningful games in Sept. Anything else is gravy. The playoffs are such a crapshoot anyway. Would I prefer another few WFC – absolutely. WFC or bust is a recipe for disappointment for any fan. Even the Yanks only won it all 25% of the time.

  3. Lefty

    March 28, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    Bump on the Bump done good!

  4. Manny

    March 28, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    Philly.com: “The Phillies finished spring play with a 20-13 record, tied Detroit for the most wins in the Grapefruit League.”

    Happy coincidence: The Giants won the most spring training games last year…

  5. Chuck

    March 28, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    Worls Series or bust is for the bandwagoners.

  6. Lefty

    March 28, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    Well the following link certainly has some meaning, I’m not sure I am sharp enough to understand it, but here it is for your consumption.


    • Andrew

      March 28, 2011 at 6:30 pm

      That we’re picking up a guy who was highly regarded in the Giants system and has decent numbers in MiLB. If he makes the team, it will be because Utley is out for a while and he beats out everyone else by rocking the minors.

  7. betasigmadeltashag

    March 28, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    any depth is good depth, I am still hoping that Castillo does not make the team, and not just because he is an ex met, it is more that I feel that defense with this pitching staff is more important then offense. Give me Valdez even if he only hits .230 and his stellar D over .280 and missed plays lack of effort Castillo

  8. Bruce

    March 28, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    My excitement and anticipation for a great season by the Phillies is tempered by the rash of key injuries this Spring. Brown, Polanco, Utley and Lidge. It seems the injury bug of 2010 never really left. We can only hope that the other position players will step up and play a key role. Also the bullpen can hold its’ own with Ryan Madson and Jose Contreras effective in sharing the role of closer. The bottom line is obviously the starting rotation. If all stay healthy, they can carry the team on their ‘arms’ and be the deciding factor on the team’s success (or failure) to make the playoffs.
    A positive note here is that all three regulars in the OF had a solid Spring exhibition season; Ibanez, Victorino (.323 BA) and Francisco (.375 BA). Let’s hope they can continue to play well and be major contributors to the team’s offense.
    April 1st..we are ready. Let’s go Phillies!!

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