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Can Scott Elarton complete his comeback by winning a Major League roster spot? Photo: APAs Spring Training’s third calendar week comes to a close, the Phils have fourteen non-rostered invitees still in camp. On Wednesday, the Phils reassigned four (Dave Bush, Austin Hyatt, Pat Misch, and BJ Rosenberg)  of the original ten pitching invitees to Minor League camp. We’ll take a look at the six remaining pitchers and reassess their chances of cracking the big league club. Our original preview can be found here. The remaining six pitchers are listed alphabetically for your convenience.Scott ElartonWhat I originally wrote: Elarton comes with an impressive pedigree: former first-round pick out of high school. But, that was in 1994, turns 36 next Wednesday, and Elarton has not played affiliated ball in the US since he posted an 8.24 ERA in 19.2 innings for Triple-A Charlotte in 2010. I also have a sneaking suspicion either he or a family friend routinely edits his Wikipedia pag...

Update: Non-Rostered Invitees – Position Players

Frandsen might have to get as creative to break camp with the Phils. Photo: APAs Spring Training’s third calendar week comes to a close, the Phils have fourteen non-rostered invitees still in camp. On Friday, the Phils reassigned catcher StevenLerud of the original eight position player invitees to Minor League camp. We’ll take a look at the seven remaining position players...

Phillies 2B Utley hopes to play next week

Chase Utley is so private about his injuries that players on other teams ask reporters for updates on the five-time All-Star. Good luck with that. Utley still hasn't played in a game for the Philadelphia Phillies this spring because of a chronic knee condition that forced him to miss the first 46 games last year. He's not participating in team fielding drills or taking...

Cliff Lee Player Projection No. 20

Key Stats: Cliff Lee is like a fine wine. At age 32 last season, he had the best year of his career. He had an 0.45 ERA in the month of August and that was bad compared to the June that he had. He demolished his best strikeout and ERA seasons, threw more innings, and had six complete game shutouts. We can say that he was lucky, and to an extent he was, but he was also as dominant...

Phillies Irish Jig

Here's an oldie, but a goodie from back in 2009. Happy St. Patty's Day.Stuff:*Adios D-Train, we hardly knew ye.*Ryan Howard is still hurt.*Chase Utley still hasn't appeared in a Grapefruit League game.*There is no pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. Lying little red-headed midgets!

Rockies will discuss Dontrelle Willis

Yesterday, the Philllies released Dontrelle Willis who they had signed to a $1mm deal back in December. Willis was attempting to earn a spot in the Philly bullpen but allowed five runs in 2 2/3 innings this spring and had a 16.88 ERA. Today, Troy Renck of the Denver Post notes that the Rockies will internally discuss signing Willis. “It’s tough at this point in camp, but we...

Utley hopes to be on field

It appears Chase Utley is starting to feel the same way as Philadelphia Phillies fans. The fans are want and are hoping he’ll be back on the field soon, especially with Ryan Howard on the shelf. Well good news is Chase also hopes to be on the field. Wait hopes to be on the field? Is that good? s I wrote the last couple days, there has been very little information regarding...

Roy Halladay Player Projection No. 19

Key Stats: Roy Halladay has been ranked among the top 15 overall players in fantasy baseball for four straight seasons. The only other player that can claim the same is Albert Pujols. Coming from a pitcher that’s amazing. While I would contend that Miguel Cabrera and Ryan Braun are more of a sure thing than Halladay, Halladay is probably the fourth best guarantee in fantasy baseball...

Phillies 4, Blue Jays 3(10)

Hector Luna's RBI single in the 10th inning lifted the Philadelphia Phillies over a Toronto Blue Jays split squad 4-3 on Saturday. Brian Bocock hit a go-ahead solo homer in the top of the ninth, but Freddy Galvis answered with a solo shot in the bottom half. The Phillies, already missing Ryan Howard and Chase Utley, lost another All-Star infielder to injury. Third baseman Placido...

Jonathan Papelbon May Think Phillies Fans Are Better Than Red Sox Fans, But Santa Disagrees

Jonathan Papelbon thinks Phillies fans know more about baseball than Red Sox fans, but he will soon discover that Phillies fans don't always cheer everyone in red. Santa Claus knows a thing or two about getting booed in the City of Brotherly Love. Once Papelbon blows a few saves, he'll discover that Santa isn't the only big jolly guy that Philadelphia fans are willing to torment.

Blue Jays 10, Phillies 2

Jose Bautista hit his third home run of spring training and Philadelphia's Cole Hamels gave up five runs and eight hits in 3 1-3 innings as the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Phillies 10-2 Sunday. Bautista's two-run homer capped a five-run sixth. It came on David Herndon's first pitch after he replaced Jose Contreras. Hamels, who had allowed two runs in 10 2-3 innings...

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Predicting The Bullpen

Papelbon and Bastardo are locks. Other guys are close. Who rounds out the bullpen?Possibly the biggest question mark heading into the 2012 regular season is the structure of the bullpen. It’ll look a lot different than last year, as workhorse Ryan Madson now calls Cincinnati his home, Danys Baez decided to retire, and Brad Lidge took his talents to Washington. We all thought...
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