Found February 27, 2012 on Phillies Nation:
Jose Contreras may be ready for Opening Day after season-ending elbow surgery in 2011.It seemed that every time Jose Contreras’s name was mentioned last summer, it preceded the word “setback.” That he arrived in Clearwater last week feeling good and has taken legitimate steps toward recovering from a balky elbow has been an extremely pleasant surprise for the Phillies, who suddenly have a wealth of late-inning relief options.Contreras threw again Monday after two days of rest and signs were positive enough that there is now a chance he could be ready for Opening Day. When asked about Big Truck, Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee said “He’s where we hoped he’d be at, that’s always good to see.”What does a healthy Contreras mean?Well, should Contreras make the Phils’ Opening Day 25-man roster, he, Chad Qualls and Antonio Bastardo figure to fight for a setup role that would probably be best served going to the hottest hand or the best matchup.A side effect of Contreras being ready for ...

Phillies 1B Howard has Achilles examined

Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard is in Baltimore to have his surgically repaired left Achilles examined. Scott Sheridan, the Phillies head athletic trainer, said Monday the visit wasn't a sign of a setback on Howard's rehabilitation. Weekend reports indicated that Howard was wearing a bandage on his left ankle because of a seroma, an open wound at the surgical point. ...

Schmidt in camp to help Philadelphia hitters

Mike Schmidt changed his stance, tinkered with his mechanics and did whatever he could to improve as a hitter during his Hall of Fame career with the Philadelphia Phillies. So he's the ideal person for the current Phillies to discuss their batting strategies with, especially since management has stressed to players they need to alter their approach at the plate. Schmidt is...

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Howard in Baltimore to have Achilles checked

Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard is in Baltimore to have his surgically repaired left Achilles examined.

Lee shows no signs of abdominal strain

After skipping his previous scheduled bullpen session due to abdominal soreness, Phillies left-hander Cliff Lee is back on schedule.

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Coming off a 3-1 week which included a tough weekend series victory over FIU, eighth-ranked Florida State (6-1) will head to Clearwater for an exhibition game against the 2011 National League East champion Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday, February 29. First pitch is at 1:05 p.m. inside Bright House Field.
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