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Philadelphia Phillies Roster Report 2009-04-08


Philadelphia Phillies Roster Report 2009-04-08
There were few roster spots up for grabs this spring, but the Phillies did answer several health-related questions. Both 2B Chase Utley and 3B Pedro Feliz proved they're ready to open the season on time after having offseason surgeries, and ace Cole Hamels overcame lingering tightness in his elbow.

PLAYER NEWS:

--CF Shane Victorino was 4-for-11 in his career against Braves RHP Jair Jurrjens, so manager Charlie Manuel bumped him up in the lineup from the No. 6 spot to the No. 2 spot Tuesday. The change also allowed Manuel to move RF Jayson Werth into the No. 5 spot, splitting up the logjam of left-handed hitters in the middle of the order. Having three lefties in a row -- 2B Chase Utley, 1B Ryan Howard and LF Raul Ibanez -- may leave the Phillies vulnerable against left-handed relievers late in games. On Sunday, Braves LHP Mike Gonzalez retired Howard and Ibanez to escape a two-on, one-out threat and secure a 4-1 Atlanta victory. Fiddling with the lineup isn't unusual for Manuel, who used 77 batting orders (excluding pitchers) last season. Asked if the addition of another lefty (Ibanez) will cause him to tinker more, Manuel said, "Yeah, probably."

--RHP Chan Ho Park pitched a scoreless sixth inning in his Phillies debut and his final tune-up before making a start Sunday in Colorado. Park, who signed a one-year, $2.5 million contract in January, won the No. 5 starter job in a spring training competition with rookie LHP J.A. Happ.

--LHP Jack Taschner pitched two scoreless innings, stretching his personal scoreless streak to seven innings dating to last season with the San Francisco Giants. The Phillies acquired Taschner during the final week of spring training in a trade for backup C Ronny Paulino. The Phillies bullpen has retired 21 consecutive batters to open the season.

--RHP Brett Myers didn't throw a curveball, one of his best pitches, until the second inning Sunday. Of his 91 pitches (not including an intentional walk), 34 were fastballs, 12 were changeups, 28 were a slider/cutter hybrid and only 17 were curveballs. But pitching coach Rich Dubee said he didn't necessarily mind Myers' pitch selection. "We've talked about him throwing it earlier," Dubee said. "He's got four pitches, and he likes to use them. Sometimes, he likes to hide the curveball a little bit. Sometimes, he likes to go through the lineup once without using it."

MEDICAL WATCH:

LHP Cole Hamels (left elbow stiffness) received an anti-inflammatory injection March 17. He is expected to be ready for the regular season's fourth game, April 10.

LHP Mike Zagurski (Tommy John elbow surgery in April 2008) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 27. He resumed pitching in late March and could be ready to join the team by mid-April.

ROTATION:

1. LHP Cole Hamels

2. RHP Brett Myers

3. LHP Jamie Moyer

4. RHP Joe Blanton

5. RHP Chan Ho Park

BULLPEN:

RHP Brad Lidge (closer)

RHP Ryan Madson

RHP Chad Durbin

LHP Scott Eyre

RHP Clay Condrey

LHP J.A. Happ

LHP Jack Taschner

LINEUP:

1. SS Jimmy Rollins

2. CF Shane Victorino

3. 2B Chase Utley

4. 1B Ryan Howard

5. RF Jayson Werth

6. LF Raul Ibanez

7. 3B Pedro Feliz

8. C Carlos Ruiz

RESERVES:

C Chris Coste

INF Eric Bruntlett

INF/OF Greg Dobbs

OF Matt Stairs

INF Miguel Cairo


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

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