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Philadelphia Phillies Roster Report 2009-04-30


Philadelphia Phillies Roster Report 2009-04-30
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:

--LHP Cole Hamels reported minor swelling in his sprained left ankle Wednesday, one day after he was injured while trying to field a bunt. But the extent of the injury -- classified as a Grade 1 sprain, the mildest possible diagnosis, according to GM Ruben Amaro Jr. -- won't be known until Friday when Hamels is scheduled to throw a between-starts bullpen session. If he needs additional time, the Phillies ace likely could throw in the bullpen Saturday and still start as scheduled Monday night in St. Louis, pitching coach Rich Dubee said. And with the Phillies idle Thursday, they don't absolutely need Hamels to start until Tuesday night against the Cardinals.

"I want him to be comfortable," Dubee said. "I don't want it in the back of his mind."

Dubee said the Phillies haven't discussed alternatives if Hamels is unable to start. Last week, Dubee told the Wilmington (Del.) News Journal that top prospect Carlos Carrasco (0-2, 4.57 ERA at Class AAA Lehigh Valley) may receive consideration if the Phils need a starter. But Dubee said left-handed reliever J.A. Happ still should be able to throw 75 pitches in a game after competing in spring training for the No. 5 starter spot.

--C Carlos Ruiz (strained right oblique) will resume his rehab assignment Thursday at Class AAA Lehigh Valley, according to GM Ruben Amaro Jr. Ruiz, who felt pain while taking swings in the batting cage Monday, is expected to catch. He will be re-evaluated after the game. It's possible Ruiz could be activated before Friday night's game against the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park. Ruiz has been sidelined since April 10 when he was injured in Colorado. When he returns, the Phillies will send rookie C Lou Marson back to Lehigh Valley.

--OF Matt Stairs has been such a prolific pinch hitter this season that it's almost shocking when he doesn't come off the bench and produce a clutch hit. When Stairs came to the plate in the eighth inning Wednesday night, he represented the tying run. But he bounced to second base to end the threat against Nationals RHP Kip Wells. "I thought I was going to have a chance to drive a ball," said Stairs, 4-for-10 with two homers and six RBIs as a pinch hitter this season. "I thought I had a pretty good at-bat going. Kip made a good pitch, took something off his fastball. Tip your hat. He made some good pitches when he needed to."

Said manager Charlie Manuel, "They got Matt out tonight. That's a rarity."

MEDICAL WATCH:

RHP Brad Lidge (inflamed right knee) did not pitch April 26-29. If he isn't ready to go May 1, he likely will be placed on the disabled list.

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 30.

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 30, 2009

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