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Philadelphia Phillies Roster Report 2009-04-27

Philadelphia Phillies Roster Report 2009-04-27
Chan Ho Park was angry with himself for serving up back-to-back home runs on back-to-back pitches in the fourth inning Saturday night. But he knew if he could keep the deficit from growing, the Phillies had a chance. "When I got out of the game, I believed we were going to come back," Park said. "We always do." It does seem that way, doesn't it? Through Sunday, the Phillies had scored 40 of their 85 runs after the seventh inning. They had eight come-from-behind victories and were 5-6 when trailing after six innings, 4-6 when trailing after seven and 3-7 when trailing after eight. "I don't have an answer for that," manager Charlie Manuel said of the Phils' uncanny comeback ability. "Scoring late, that's not a bad way to play if you score enough. We don't want to play like that every night, but right now, that seems to be what's happening."


--LHP Cole Hamels threw in the bullpen before Saturday night's game at Dolphin Stadium. And, as expected, he didn't want to discuss it. After missing nearly a week in spring training with stiffness in his left elbow, Hamels has declined to offer daily updates on his bruised left shoulder, especially because he isn't expecting to miss a start. For the record, though, how did the bullpen session go? "Peachy," pitching coach Rich Dubee said. "He threw fine." Hamels, who left last Thursday's game in the fourth inning after being hit on the left shoulder by Prince Fielder's line drive, is scheduled to start Tuesday night against the Washington Nationals at Citizens Bank Park.

--OF Matt Stairs is 4-for-8 (.500) with two home runs and five RBIs as a pinch-hitter, and his 16 career pinch-hit homers lead active players. His effectiveness as a pinch-hitter stems from his simple, grip-it-and-rip-it approach. Stairs admits that he only tries to hit home runs. "He goes up to hit the ball hard," Manuel said. "That's a good way to think anyway if you've got power and you're a pull hitter. You should be thinking about hitting the ball hard."


LHP Cole Hamels (bruised left shoulder) left the April 23 game, but he doesn't expect to miss a start.

C Carlos Ruiz (strained right oblique muscle) went on the 15-day disabled list April 11. He began a rehab assignment with Class AAA Lehigh Valley on April 25, and he could return to the Phillies after a few games in the minors.


LHP Cole Hamels

RHP Brett Myers

LHP Jamie Moyer

RHP Joe Blanton

RHP Chan Ho Park


RHP Brad Lidge (closer)

RHP Ryan Madson

RHP Chad Durbin

LHP Scott Eyre

RHP Clay Condrey

LHP J.A. Happ

LHP Jack Taschner


Chris Coste

Lou Marson


1B Ryan Howard

2B Chase Utley

SS Jimmy Rollins

3B Pedro Feliz

INF Eric Bruntlett

INF Miguel Cairo


LF Raul Ibanez

CF Shane Victorino

RF Jayson Werth

OF/INF Greg Dobbs

OF Matt Stairs

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Added: April 27, 2009

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