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Philadelphia Phillies Inside Pitch 2009-05-08


Philadelphia Phillies Inside Pitch 2009-05-08
Charlie Manuel was Manny Ramirez's hitting coach for six seasons and his manager in 2000 with the Cleveland Indians. He wasn't sure how to react Wednesday upon hearing the news that Ramirez failed a drug test and received a 50-game suspension from Major League Baseball.

"When he was young, I definitely don't think he was on steroids," said Manuel, the Phillies manager. "But there again, I don't know. I'm kind of sad for him. He's a good player. When I had him as a player, I used to work with him. I know how good he was. I know his talent. I know he's a good player."

Manuel also knows that players have to be responsible for what they put in their body.

"Major League Baseball, in those (spring training) meetings that we have, I think they're pretty specific," he said. "I think if you don't know the rules, you better have somebody explain them to you. The material they send out and the meetings they have, they warn you and tell you what you can do and what you can't do. You're supposed to follow those rules."

Ramirez will be suspended for all seven games between the Phillies and Dodgers, including next week's three-game series at Citizens Bank Park.

News of his suspension reverberated through the Phillies clubhouse, hit earlier this year by the 50-game suspension of reliever J.C. Romero for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance. Romero took an over-the-counter supplement that he contends was laced with the steroid androstenedione. And after hearing about Ramirez, the common refrain from Phillies players was that they must be more vigilant than ever about what they put in their bodies.

"It can happen," Jimmy Rollins, the Phillies' star shortstop and players' union representative, said before the Phillies faced the New York Mets in the finale of a two-game series at Citi Field. "Is it going to happen to you if you take something? Who knows? But the mind-set has to be that it can happen."

Veteran outfielder Matt Stairs can't understand why players would take a chance. Asked for his thoughts on the Ramirez news, Stairs shook his head.

"Another one bites the dust," he said. "If you know the stuff isn't on the (approved) list (of substances), why take it? I'm not very smart, but I know I can figure that one out. There are a bunch of guys who are going to have to stop taking all this health (stuff) and go back to being chubby and having fun."

METS 7, PHILLIES 5: Jayson Werth went 4-for-4 with a two-run homer, but the Phillies were unable to overcome one of the worst starts in Jamie Moyer's 23-year career. Moyer allowed seven runs on seven hits and lasted only 2 1/3 innings, his shortest start in almost four years. The Mets took a 7-1 lead before the Phillies began chipping away. Raul Ibanez notched an RBI single in the fourth inning, and Ryan Howard belted a solo homer in the sixth before Werth's two-run shot in the eighth. J.A. Happ threw 3 2/3 innings of scoreless relief.

Moyer's ERA ballooned to 7.26, and the Phillies' five starters have a combined 6.26 ERA, worst in the majors.


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: May 8, 2009

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