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Each day will be breaking down the players on the Philadelphia Phillies 40 man roster and their non roster invitees. Today we will discuss new acquisition Michael Young. Summary:  Michael Young has been a solid major leaguer in his 13 years in the bigs. He is a career .301 hitter, a former batting champion, and 7 time All Star. Young took a bit of a step back in 2012 when he hit just .277 with only 8 homeruns. He also had the fewest walks (33) in a full season and lowest OPS (.682) of his career. Scouting Report:  Former All Star that can hit for average with some power Has lost a step in the field and played 72 games as a DH in 2012. Has lost some bat speed as he has aged. Hits:  Experienced former All Star that can hit for average and power. Great leader and teammate. Can play all four infield positions. Misses: Has lost a step in the field. How many games will he be able to play at third base? Saw diminished offensive production in 2012. Contract Status: Micha...

Phillies, Cruz Part Ways

Juan Cruz, 34, was the odds on favorite among the non-roster invitee relievers to make the club out of Spring Training. Today, Todd Zolecki reported that Cruz and the Phillies have decided to part ways. Zolecki indicates that the signing of Chad Durbin made Cruz believe his window to make the club was increasingly narrow. Cruz was the only pitcher to not report to camp on time yesterday...

Roy Halladay Could Possibly Retire After This Season

This morning, the Phillies and Roy Halladay held their normal spring training news presser at the Phillies' spring training complex. When reporters asked about Halladay's shoulder, the Phillies revealed that his ailment last season was not due to an injured shoulder, but instead was caused from his lower back. Halladay...

Rich Dubee On Roy Halladay: There’s Going To Be An Animal On The Mound Competing

Roy Halladay suffered one of his worst seasons of his career in 2012. His positive 11-8 record was dampered by a 4.49 ERA and a month and a half-long stint on the DL. Halladay missed time last season from May 29th -July 17th with a strained latissimus dorsi muscle. During...

Phillies Soundbites from Spring Training

Roy Halladay feels good and wants to stay in Philadelphia. The Phillies big right hander said today on how he felt compared to last year, “If I feel the way I feel right now, I’m very confident.” Halladay also made it clear that his lower back, not his shoulder was the issue in 2012. When asked about testing free agency after this season Doc said, “I really don’t see myself...

Prospect Nation 2013: #12 2B Cesar Hernandez

Venezuelan born infielder Cesar Hernandez was signed as an amateur free agent by the Phillies at the age of 16. Since then, the slick defender that primarily plays second base, has displayed solid progress and improvements in many areas of his game. Hernandez, a switch-hitter, made his professional debut with the Venezuelan Summer League in 2007 at the age of 17. In two seasons...

Prospect Nation 2013: #13 RHP Kenny Giles

Kenny Giles- photo by Dave Schofield Right-handed pitcher Kenny Giles rose up these rankings more than any other Phillies prospect last year.  Armed with tremendous velocity, the 6-foot-2-inch 190-pounder has a bright future and could prove extremely valuable to the organization in the near future. Drafted in the 7th round in 2011 out of Yavapai (Junior) College, although he was...

Cruz gives up fighting for spot in Phils pen

Juan Cruz, we hardly knew ya. Actually, we didn't get to know you at all. The veteran had agreed to a minor league deal with the Phillies, but then had a change of heart.

Carlos Ruiz is More Lovable Than Ever

Over the last two seasons, Carlos Ruiz has become the most popular player on the Phillies roster. He has been admired for his unique combination of playing ability and adorableness (it's a word). Not once had we heard any news of Chooch being linked to banned substances or any other...

Papelbon: Red Sox Gave Me Toradol Shots

Philadelphia Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon said on Saturday that he received Toradol shots during his days as a member of the Boston Red Sox. This news comes off the heels of former Boston pitcher Curt Schilling's claims that the team encouraged PED use. Toradol is a legal anti-inflammatory drug that is injected. The use of Toradol has become increasingly controversial in...

Phillies Spring Training Special Wednesday MTR Morning Throwdown

Join MTR Morning Throwdown Wednesday from 7am to 10am as Bill Zeltman and Nicolette Tropiano preview Spring Training and the Philadelphia Phillies. Tune in by clicking here or download our FREE Android and IOS apps. Join our discussion on Facebook and call into the show at 609-9100-MTR.

Pap Smear: Papelbon says the Boston Redshots were injecting players before games

Another day, another stink bomb in Major League Baseball's long-lost war on drugs.Yesterday, Jonathan Papelbon - he of the meltdown that devoured Boston - disclosed that Redshots operatives regularly injected him with Toradol, yet another drug nobody has ever heard of until now. They shot him up before games, and he felt like a toreador. It was a legal drug. But it could be a...

**** Happens When You Party With John Bolaris

So here’s the deal… It was Opening Day 2011, and the Phillies were coming off a heart-breaking Game 5 in the NLDS where they bounced from the playoffs by the Cardinals. Kevin and I were also bounced that night. We were thrown out of CBP by a douche bag security guard. Never has such little power gone to a man’s head so badly as it did with that security guard. But that had...
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