Phillies Weekly – Got to admit it’s getting better

The Phillies tied the Minnesota Twins 1-1 on Sunday afternoon. The Phillies only managed two hits in the game and only one hit through the first six innings. Pitcher Jeff Manship has been garnering attention this spring with his performances and kept that positive momentum in this game. Manship pitched 3 innings in his first spring start on Sunday, only giving up a run, two hits while striking out one and walking a batter. So far this spring, Manship has pitched seven innings while allowing only one runs and four hits. Manager Ryne Sandberg has approved of Manship’s work this spring by saying, “The guy is lights out for the spring. It could mean something. This is the time for opportunity. So we’re going to take a look.”

Philadelphia Phillies Spring Training Workout Session

The Phillies fell to the Atlanta Braves on Monday afternoon 8-1. Cliff Lee pithed in 3 2/3 innings of work in the loss. Lee acknowledged the Cole Hamels situation and said that he is right on schedule. Lee said this about his outing, “I felt like I could keep going, which is definitely a good thing. But there’s a progression.” Closer Jonathan Papelbon pitched in the 7th inning and was tacked for five runs which were all unearned runs on four hits. Those were the first runs Papelbon allowed all spring. The offense struggled again as they have scored 3 runs or fewer in 9 of their 13 games. Relief pitcher Michael Stutes was outrighted off of the 40 man roster and reported to the minor league camp on Tuesday. Cole Hamels threw a bullpen session on Wednesday and said that his shoulder felt “really great” but also knows not to rush back from this injury. Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez felt soreness in his shoulder while playing long toss on Tuesday and did not throw on Wednesday. Pitchers Jon Pettitbone and Mike Adams took steps in the right direction from injury on Wednesday as they both threw to hitters at Bright House Field.

The Phillies beat the Baltimore Orioles 6-5 on Wednesday afternoon. The Phillies bats finally woke up as the team had 12 hits which included 6 extra base hits. The Phillies picked up four triples in the victory, The triples were hit by Dom Brown, Ben Revere, Freddy Galvis, and Bobby Abreu. Dom Brown had a good game as he hit a bases loaded triple off of Baltimore Orioles pitcher Ubaldo Jimemez. A.J. Burnett started the game and allowed 4 hits, which included a home run, and three runs in four innings. The Phillies defeated the New York Yankees 6-2 on Thursday. Roberto Hernandez allowed only hit in 6 innings of work. Hernandez began the game with five perfect innings and struck out two and didn’t walk any hitters. Hernandez recorded 10 groundball outs in this impressive outing.

Rollins Benched (photo via philly.com)

Shorstop Jimmy Rollins was not in the lineup for three straight games this week after he commented on his and the team’s performance this spring as he said. “Who cares?” It was then speculated that Rollins was benched by Sandberg for disciplinary reasons. Sandberg finally talked to Rollins about the situation as he said, “I talked to him about that. First of all, I know and believe that everyone in the locker room, including my staff, cares. I wanted him to clarify that because I  wanted to make sure that he cared.” After addressing the issue publicly, Rollins played on Friday. The Phillies released catcher Lou Marson on Friday. The team also optioned catcher Tommy Joseph, left hander reliever Jeremy Horst, and outfielders Tyson Gillies and Zach Collier to the minor leagues and the Phillies re-assigned left handed reliever Cesar Jimenez, pitcher Ken Giles, and infielder Andres Blanco to minor league camp.

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