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Philadelphia Phillies Roster Report 2009-04-29


Philadelphia Phillies Roster Report 2009-04-29
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."

PLAYER NEWS:

--RHP Brad Lidge had an MRI and a cortisone shot last week and has been taking anti-inflammatory medication. Yet his right knee flared during his 34-pitch ninth inning Saturday night in Florida, and he was unavailable to pitch in the past two games against Washington. And although Lidge doesn't believe it's a long-term injury and GM Ruben Amaro Jr. said the Phillies are "not thinking DL yet," they may have no choice but to put the All-Star closer on the disabled list if he's unable to pitch before the weekend.

Entering Tuesday night, the Phils bullpen had logged 63 2/3 innings, fifth most in the National League. With Lidge sidelined, setup man Ryan Madson has shifted into the closer's role. And with LHP J.C. Romero serving a 50-game suspension, the options to pitch the eighth inning already are limited.

"I definitely have thought about that aspect of it," Lidge said. "I don't want to put added pressure on the guys down there. If we get to a point, in a couple more days, where it's still bothering me, then (the disabled list) would be the best idea because we can retro it back to (Sunday). I don't want the guys in the bullpen to be taxed because they're having to cover for me."

The Phillies have several relievers with major league experience at Class AAA Lehigh Valley, including RHPs Gary Majewski (0-1, 0.75 ERA), Mike Koplove (0-1, 0.77) and Tyler Walker (eight scoreless innings).

--C Carlos Ruiz played catch Tuesday and didn't feel any discomfort in his strained right oblique muscle. Ruiz, who was scratched from the lineup Monday night at Class AAA Lehigh Valley, was scheduled to see team physician Michael Ciccotti and said he could resume his rehab assignment Wednesday night at Class AA Reading. "I was kind of glad he shut himself down (Monday night) because we don't want him to re-injure it," GM Ruben Amaro Jr. said. "He felt it during batting practice, and there's no reason to push it because then it will blow out."

--RHP Ryan Madson will serve as the Phillies' closer for as long as RHP Brad Lidge's inflamed right knee leaves him unavailable to pitch. Madson emerged as a strong eighth-inning reliever last September, posting a 0.63 ERA in his final 14 regular-season appearances. In the playoffs, Madson went 1-0 with a 2.13 ERA in 11 games. "I think through experience he's more equipped for that (closer) role, mentally and physically," manager Charlie Manuel said. "Stuff plays up big, and Madson's got tremendous stuff."

MEDICAL WATCH:

RHP Brad Lidge (inflamed right knee) did not pitch April 26-28 and is day-to-day.

LHP Cole Hamels (sprained left ankle) left his April 28 start, but he doesn't expect to miss a turn in the rotation. He had left his April 23 with a bruised left shoulder.

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 but had a setback April 27. He was expected to return to action April 29.

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 29, 2009

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