Injury Updates: Lee, Utley, Brown, Thome, Herndon – Phillies Nation

Injury Updates: Lee, Utley, Brown, Thome, Herndon

Thome heads to the DL, Kratz called up. Photo (AP)

Update, 4:37 pm: The beat reporters traveling with the squad in Atlanta have reported that Cliff Lee is getting closer to a return. He threw a pain-free bullpen session today. He’ll toss one more within the next week and could be activated from the DL shortly thereafter. Lee says he did feel something during some workouts, but did not when he pitched. He says it’s slowly getting better.

Ryan Lawrence of the Delco Times had an update on Chase Utley.

David Herndon has a flexor pronator strain in his pitching elbow. He won’t throw for three weeks. Brian Sanches took his spot on the roster after he was DL’ed on Monday

Domonic Brown has a strained wrist, he’s day-to-day at Lehigh Valley. Doesn’t sound like anything serious.

Jim Thome is on his way to Clearwater to work out the back injury that has him on the shelf. Charlie Manuel told the beats it’s best for him to work out in warm weather.


2:48: pm: As reported by Jim Salisbury of Comcast Sports Net,  the Phillies have sent 1B Jim Thome to the DL with a lower back strain and have recalled C Erik Kratz. Thome, 41, strugged in 21 plate appearances, hitting only two singles and drawing three walks while striking out 10 times. Kratz, 31, has been on fire in Triple-A hitting .292/.333/.500 with 4 doubles and 2 HRs and will help fill a bench that remains devoid of right-handed hitters.

Salisbury pointed out Dom Brown is hitting .253 in Triple-A with no HRs and would likely not receive consistent playing time had he been called up. Salisbury also noted that popular Spring Training players Scott Podsednik and Hector Luna also are struggling in Triple-A, hitting .185 and .235 respectively. Kratz’s move did not require a 40-man roster move as Kratz is the third catcher on the 40-man roster.

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  1. TheDipsy

    May 2, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    .292 with two HRs is “on fire”?

    The Dipsy

    • Jeff Dowder

      May 2, 2012 at 3:15 pm

      Compared to Brown, Podsednik, and Luna? Yes!

      I miss the days when the Phillies had a farm system.

      • Don M

        May 2, 2012 at 4:21 pm

        having a farm system vs. having top pitching at the MLB level ……..

    • schmenkman

      May 2, 2012 at 3:30 pm

      With his HR yesterday, he’s at .294/.333/.549. .882 OPS with 3 HR in 54 ABs is pretty good.

    • Bruce

      May 2, 2012 at 5:59 pm

      For a catcher? Yes! 🙂

  2. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    May 2, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    @Dipsy: Compared to Gentleman Jim and Schneider he’s a regular fireball. Lol.

  3. Jeff Dowder

    May 2, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    I think Thome is the guy to go when (if?) Howard returns. I don’t see how they can justify carrying a guy who can’t play in the field and has never been adept at doing the one thing they want him to do – pinch hit.

    • frankt

      May 2, 2012 at 5:15 pm

      the bat speed is gone

    • Bruce

      May 2, 2012 at 6:18 pm

      @Jeff: Please don’t rush to judgement. The future Hall of Famer is a valuable asset to the team simply by his presence for his teammates. His experience, knowledge and leadership is invaluable to the team. You judged that he can’t pinch hit? Have you look at his production as a DH in the American League in recent years? Right now, his offensive struggles has more to do with limited at bats (21 plate appearances). It is due to Charlie Manuel being cautious with Thome’s back issue.

      No, Thome will be back. You can count on it. On the other hand, if I were Manuel, I sit Galvis on the bench and use him only for defensive purposes. And when Utley returns, give Galvis a one way bus ticket to Lehigh Valley. The crowd’s chant is gradually changing from “Freddy…
      Freddy” to “We want Orr…MORE of Orr..” LOL

  4. bacardipr05

    May 2, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    Thought the Overbeck kid would get a call up. However, this kind of makes sense Kratz has been hitting pretty good and if we can get Chooch a game or 2 off. They still have Nix, Wiggy and Mayberry to play 1st.

    • schmenkman

      May 2, 2012 at 4:33 pm

      From David Hale:

      “Here’s why Kratz got the call:

      – He’s hitting well in Triple-A, with an .882 OPS in 54 plate appearances.

      – He’s right-handed, helping to balance out a very lefty-heavy bench.

      – His position doesn’t much matter since a.) he’s not likely to see much time on the field defensively and b.) he’s replacing Thome, who wasn’t getting much playing time defensively either.

      But the biggest factor is that Kratz is already on the Phillies’ 40-man roster, meaning he could be recalled without any additional roster juggling.”

    • frankt

      May 2, 2012 at 5:17 pm

      i really think nix should be getting more time because he can hit he gets walked alot and he is very good at working the count

  5. Don M

    May 2, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    I like all the people with their Ruin Tomorrow Jr talk…and how fired up everyone was that the Phillies kept Juan Pierre instead of Pods… those were the days

  6. schmenkman

    May 2, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    c schreiber will be interested to learn that the Red Sox are calling up Will Middlebrooks.

    • c schreiber

      May 2, 2012 at 11:27 pm

      Schmenkman, just got on line as I was watching that lose. yeah, I was also watching the Sox game and Middlebrooks had quite a start of his career. Two hits and two nice defensive plays. You know that guy you called “middling” He’s real mark my words and I wish there was a way to get him but the only thing we got to trade is Doc or Lee. Red sox might go for it as they lost Beckett to DL today. You listening RUBE.

  7. phil

    May 2, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    Overbeck is crushing the ball…

    • schmenkman

      May 2, 2012 at 5:55 pm

      They’re both hitting pretty well, although Kratz has hit with more power…

      Overbeck: .310/.351/.448 (.799 OPS) through yesterday
      Kratz …….. .294/.333/.549 (.882 OPS)

  8. bacardipr05

    May 2, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    Actually Don M on most of the blogs most people wanted Pierre. Even till this minute they bitch about Pierre all the time. Isnt Stutes injured as well?

  9. bacardipr05

    May 2, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    **Sorry they wanted Pods over Pierre i meant…

  10. davehist

    May 2, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    I really hate to see what’s happening with Jim Thome; he’s such a good guy and his past history is so good. But – at least so far, he looks as if he’s about done. The strikeouts are piling up, there are no power hits (or even power outs), and we don’t really want him in the field. I hope that he chooses a dignified retirement when he comes off the DL.
    By the way: on that play where he injured his back, why in the world did he slide? He was already out by a long way and there was no chance of his getting to second base.

  11. bacardipr05

    May 2, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    I like to see Thome give it another go when he comes off the DL, before thinking about retirement. Once Howard comes back he would simply be a PH and probably rarely take the field. I wonder how they are going to shuffle the roster once/if Utley and Howard come back.

    • c schreiber

      May 2, 2012 at 11:29 pm

      RIP Jim, your a credit to baseball, but don’t comeback. You can’t help us unless the P’s hire you as a coach.

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