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Philadelphia Phillies Notes, Quotes 2009-05-06

Philadelphia Phillies Notes, Quotes 2009-05-06
--2B Chase Utley said he could've played Tuesday, even though his bruised right foot was sore. But for the second time in three games, manager Charlie Manuel held Utley out of the lineup, replacing him with Miguel Cairo for the finale of a two-game series against the Cardinals at Busch Stadium. "I don't see it being a long-term thing," said Manuel, who thought Utley may be ready to play by Wednesday against the rival Mets in New York. "He wanted to play, but I felt like there was no sense in taking a chance on making it worse. I don't want him to be down for a long period of time."

Utley was hit by a pitch from Mets RHP Mike Pelfrey in the first inning Friday. He stayed in the game, even hitting a home run in the seventh inning, but didn't play Saturday. He went 1-for-2 Monday against the Cardinals but reported soreness after the game.

--RHP Chan Ho Park will make his latest start in Wednesday's series opener against the Mets in New York. And although the Phillies are counting on an improved performance, manager Charlie Manuel wouldn't say another lousy outing will result in Park's removal from the rotation. In four starts, Park is 0-1 with an 8.75 ERA. Park said he doesn't have as much confidence as he did during spring training, when he edged LHP J.A. Happ for the No. 5 starter job. On Friday, the Mets blitzed Park for seven runs, eight hits and six walks in 4 2/3 innings at Citizens Bank Park.

--RHP Joe Blanton made a slight mechanical adjustment last week that he said sharpened his slider. It showed. Blanton allowed one run on four hits in six innings to give the Phillies a rare quality start Monday night against the Cardinals. "I felt everything coming together a little bit," Blanton said. Entering Monday night, the Phillies' starters had combined for a worst-in-the-majors 6.71 ERA. "We know we can pitch," Blanton said. "We know what we did at the end of last season, and we know we can do that again. It's just a matter of us putting a few good runs together. We're not going to go through the season with 7.00 or 9.00 or 12.00 ERAs."

BY THE NUMBERS: 6.71 -- ERA of the Phillies' starting pitchers through Sunday, worst in the majors and nearly a full run worse than the next-worst team (Cleveland, 5.82).

QUOTE TO NOTE: "That's kind of our forte. We get in their bullpen, work the starter. We've got a lot of guys that play good under pressure. This whole team is kind of built that way. So, this fits into our gameplan." -- RF Jayson Werth, after the Phillies' latest comeback victory, a 10-inning, 6-5 win over the Mets last Sunday.

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