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When first learning about Chase Utley’s knee injury, most Phillies fans didn’t seem overly concerned. As days turned into weeks, more questions came up. Why isn’t he playing? What’s wrong with his knees? Why aren’t they saying anything? When is he going to come back?
There was no more shrugging off the injury. Phillies fans knew something was wrong with Utley, one of the toughest, hard-nosed players in baseball. Fans were getting worried.
Weeks turned into months, and still no Utley. Finally, a timetable for his return was set. On June 27, Led Zepplin’s Kashmir once again blasted over the Citizen Bank Park speakers.
Chase Utley was back.
The second baseman that the great Harry Kalas once referred to as “The Man” was back in the Phillies lineup. It didn’t matter if he struck out or hit a home run; the fact was that he was back. But of course he wasn’t going to strike out: Utley’s first at-bat was practically scripted.
With the count at 2-2, Utley launched Pitt
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Definitions of risk vary but it seemed that the Phillies were looking for cheap and durable starters, valuing those attributes over pure talent and upside...
Germantown's Biddle is Baseball America's best Phillies' Prospect. Photo: Jay Floyd
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Pop quiz: Which lefty reliever would you rather have? (2012 stats listed, 2013 aged season listed)
- Player A: 52 IP, 14.02 K/9 IP, 4.50 BB/9 IP, 3.18 xFIP. Age 27
- Player B: 50.1 IP, 7.51 K/9 IP, 3.93 BB/9 IP, 4.17 xFIP. Age 30
- Player C: 27.1 IP, 11.52 K/9 IP, 6.59 BB/9 IP, 3.92 xFIP. Age 26
- Player D: 31.1 IP, 11.49 K/9 IP, 4.02 BB/9 IP, 3.24 xFIP. Age 27
- Player E: 31.0 IP...
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Free-agent John Lannan officially signed a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the Philadelphia Phillies, the team announced Tuesday. The deal includes another $2.5M in bonuses, according to CBSSports.com. "Clearly we have a familiarity with John and his past performance and success in this division helps us add depth to our rotation," Phillies general manager Ruben...
Pitcher John Lannan and the Philadelphia Phillies have finalized a $2.5 million, one-year contract.
The 28-year-old lefty was 4-1 with a 4.13 ERA in six starts for the NL East-champion Washington Nationals this year. He also made 24 starts for Triple-A Syracuse, going 9-11 with a 4.30 ERA.
Lannan's deal includes performance incentives. He gets $200,000 each for 150, 160, 170...
Throughout the off-season, I have checked in with various players from around the Phillies organization to gauge their thoughts on fall/winter leagues they’ve played in and what their outlooks are going forward. Recently, I heard from right-handed pitcher Tyler Cloyd, who won the 2012 Paul Owens Award, an honor bestowed upon the most outstanding pitching and offensive players...
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The Philadelphia Phillies are making their list, checking it twice, and apparently adding names.
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