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Philadelphia Phillies Notes, Quotes 2009-05-15

Philadelphia Phillies Notes, Quotes 2009-05-15
--RHP Brad Lidge has experienced many perks since the Phillies won the World Series last season. For him, one of the most awe-inspiring will come Friday when the Phillies visit the White House for a luncheon with President Obama. "I'm just going to try to be super respectful and appreciative of the opportunity," said Lidge, the Phillies' closer. "Anytime you meet someone of that stature, you're not so much nervous but you're probably a little in awe." Before they open a four-game, three-day series in Washington, the Phillies are scheduled to meet with the president from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Several Phillies players already have been guests at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. During the 2007 season, Sen. Arlen Specter arranged a meeting with President George W. Bush for Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard, Pat Burrell, Chase Utley, Cole Hamels and Brett Myers. This, though, will be a little different, considering they're being invited as champions. "It's one of the really cool things that happens if you have the opportunity to be on a World Series championship team," Lidge said.

--LHP J.A. Happ has pitched in the Phillies' bullpen since he got edged out in a spring training competition for the fifth starter spot. So he isn't sure how many innings he will be able to pitch Saturday night when he starts the second game of a day-night doubleheader in Washington. But he isn't concerned, either. "I don't really put a number (of innings or pitches) on it," Happ said. "If I can be effective, I think they're going to want me to go as long as I can." Happ, who has a 2.75 ERA in 11 appearances, threw a season-high 50 pitches April 19 against San Diego, and as recently as May 7 he threw 47 pitches against the Mets.

--Manager Charlie Manuel has named Dodgers manager Joe Torre to the National League coaching staff at the All-Star Game on July 14 in St. Louis. Torre included Manuel on the American League All-Star staff in 2002. Manuel hasn't announced his other coaching pick, but Cardinals manager Tony La Russa is a good bet. "It's a privilege and an honor," Torre said. "I'm definitely going."

--LHP J.C. Romero will begin a 16-day minor league assignment Monday, barring a rainout in the Phillies' schedule. Romero is eligible to be activated June 3 at San Diego after serving his 50-game suspension for violating MLB's drug policy. He'll pitch for the Phillies' nearest affiliates, Class AAA Lehigh Valley, Class AA Reading and Class A Lakewood, according to GM Ruben Amaro Jr. "I've been working on my command," said Romero, who has been pitching in extended spring training games in Clearwater, Fla. "I'm trying to just get that right mentality so that when I come back I'm ready to go."

BY THE NUMBERS: .485 -- The Phillies' batting average with the bases loaded, best in the majors through May 10.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "When we got back, the first couple games were like, what am I doing? It was rough. Your skills and effort don't change. It was just hard to get up. But the last 15 games or so, I've been feeling refreshed. You get that air back in that balloon." -- SS Jimmy Rollins, on the initial letdown after playing for the United States in the World Baseball Classic in March.

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