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Philadelphia Phillies Roster Report 2009-05-02


Philadelphia Phillies Roster Report 2009-05-02
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 Chan Ho Park narrowly edged LHP J.A. Happ in a spring-training competition to be the Phillies' No. 5 starter. But in four starts, Park is 0-1 with an unsightly 8.57 ERA. He has lasted more than five innings only once and put 39 runners on base (28 hits, 11 walks) in just 21 innings. And in the series-opener Friday night against the New York Mets, he permitted 14 base runners in 4-2/3 innings, gave up seven runs, and gave the Phillies little chance in a 7-4 loss. And while manager Charlie Manuel said pulling Park from the starting rotation isn't imminent, he also said Park's job security will be examined. "I think you've got to show patience to your players, but our pitching definitely has to get better," Manuel said. "We need to get it better, and as we go along, we'll make adjustments on our pitching. I'm not ready to say Chan Ho Park isn't going to get more starts. No, I'm not ready to say that. But we'll talk about it." Said Park, "It's not my decision. All I can do is try to be better and have better focus and pitch better games."

--LHP Cole Hamels played catch in the outfield Friday, but the real test for his sprained left ankle will come Saturday when he throws a between-starts bullpen session. Hamels is slated to pitch Monday night in St. Louis, but because the Phillies were idle Thursday, they could push the ace lefty back to Tuesday night and start Brett Myers on Monday. "We're probably looking more at Tuesday," manager Charlie Manuel said of Hamels' schedule. "But if he's still got pain and stuff in there, more than likely we're not going to pitch him at all." Hamels twisted his ankle while fielding a bunt in the fifth inning Tuesday night and reported minor swelling Wednesday. If he's unable to start by Tuesday, the Phillies would have to replace him with lefty reliever J.A. Happ or call up a starter from the minors. RHP Kyle Kendrick (2-1, 2.77 ERA) is slated to pitch Tuesday for Class AAA Lehigh Valley.

--C Carlos Ruiz caught his second straight game for Lehigh Valley, going 0-for-4. He will be evaluated Saturday, but barring a recurrence of his strained right oblique (rib cage) muscle, manager Charlie Manuel said it's possible he could be activated from the disabled list this weekend. Ruiz was injured April 10 in Colorado. When he returns, rookie C Lou Marson will be sent back to Lehigh Valley. Marson, one of the Phillies' top prospects, is batting .235 (4-for-17) since being called up to replace Ruiz.

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 start 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 returned to minor league action April 30, and he might be activated by the Phillies on May 1.

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: May 2, 2009

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