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Philadelphia Phillies Roster Report 2009-04-18


Philadelphia Phillies Roster Report 2009-04-18
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 were ready to open the season on time after having offseason surgeries, and LHP Cole Hamels overcame lingering tightness in his elbow.

PLAYER NEWS:

--C Lou Marson went 2-for-3 with a double and threw out a runner at second base in his first start of the season Thursday night. It was enough to impress manager Charlie Manuel. Asked if the 22-year-old can become an impact player in the majors, Manuel said, "If he can take his hitting to the next stage, I think he can. He improved a lot last year, but now, he's getting set to step up into another stage."

--LF Raul Ibanez moved back into the No. 5 spot in the Phillies' lineup and went 3-for-3 to raise his average to .361. Without the fear of facing a lefty in the late innings -- the Padres don't have any lefties on their pitching staff -- manager Charlie Manuel put lefty-swinging Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Ibanez back-to-back-to-back in the middle of the lineup. Utley went 2-for-5 with a three-run first-inning homer, raising his career RBI total to 500. Howard went 1-for-5 with four strikeouts.

MEDICAL WATCH:

C Carlos Ruiz (strained right oblique muscle) went on the 15-day disabled list April 11. He might not be ready to return when he's first eligible.

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:

LHP Cole Hamels

RHP Brett Myers

LHP Jamie Moyer

RHP Joe Blanton

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

CATCHERS:

Chris Coste

Lou Marson

INFIELDERS:

1B Ryan Howard

2B Chase Utley

SS Jimmy Rollins

3B Pedro Feliz

INF Eric Bruntlett

INF Miguel Cairo

OUTFIELDERS:

LF Raul Ibanez

CF Shane Victorino

RF Jayson Werth

OF/INF Greg Dobbs

OF Matt Stairs


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: April 18, 2009

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