Phillies Weekly – Just Around the Corner

If fans had any hope that Jimmy Rollins was going to get traded, Rollins personally squashed that little glimmer of hope as he has restated that he will not waive his 10-5 trade rights to be sent to another ball club.

Washington Nationals v Philadelphia Phillies(photo via sportspyder.com)

On Monday, to the surprise of no Phillies fans, Cliff Lee will be getting handed the ball to pitch opening day for the Phillies against the Texas Rangers on March 31st. The start on March 31st will be Cliff Lee’s second career opening day start. Lee commented on being named opening day starter,

“It’s definitely an honor. I look forward to it. It’s coming on us pretty quick. It’s two weeks away so I’m ready to go.”

The Phillies game on Monday against the Baltimore Orioles was cancelled due to a rainout but that didn’t stop Jake Diekman, Kyle Kendrick, A.J. Burnett, and Jonathan Pettibone for getting their work inside the indoor facility. Diekman threw a simulated inning, Kendrick threw 75 pitches to hitters, Burnett threw 77 pitches to hitters, and Pettibone pitched three innings which was his most intense workout since being shut down earlier in camp.

The Phillies have acquired catcher Koyie Hill from the Washington Nationals for a player to be named later or cash.

The Phillies announced on Tuesday that they have returned Rule 5 draft pick right handed pitcher Kevin Munson to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Cole Hamels had another successful bullpen session on Wednesday and then said that he was ready for the next step in his training regimen. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. shot down the report of the Phillies desire to trade Jimmy Rollins as Amaro said simply, “all of that is silliness”.

Outfielder Darin Ruf suffered a strained oblique injury on Thursday which will certainly hurt his chances of making the big league club. On Friday morning, the Phillies announced that utility man Freddy Galvis was hospitalized with a staph infection in his left leg. After Galvis was sent to the hospital he was then diagnosed with MRSA and will mostly begin the regular season on the DL.

It was later announced that Darin Ruf’s oblique strain means that he is expected to be out games for at least 4 to 6 weeks. These injuries to Freddy Galvis and Darin Ruf are obviously not what you want to hear, but the injuries have created opportunities for other players to impress and make the big league club. The Phillies have assigned top prospect and third baseman Maikel Franco to minor league spring training. This ultimately means that the Phillies will go with third baseman Cody Asche to be the opening day starting third baseman.

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