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Joe Blanton has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with elbow problems; Vance Worley has been called up from Lehigh Valley.

Late yesterday afternoon, the Phils placed their fifth starter, Joe Blanton, on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 24, because of discomfort in his right elbow that he had felt during his last two starts, but had gotten worst as he was preparing for his projected start against the Mets tonight. So, after he had taken an MRI, the team decided to put him on the shelf to allow his throwing arm to get better.

Before being placed on the dl, Blanton had gone 0-1 with a 5.92 ERA in four starts, although he had pitched well in his last two starts for a 2.57 ERA.

The Phils have called up Vance Worley from Lehigh Valley to take Blanton’s place. With the Iron Pig, Worley has gone 2-2 with a 2.78 ERA, in four starts. Last year, in five games with the Phils, two of which were starts, Worley went 1-1 with an ERA of 1.38, as he gave up just two runs on eight hits in thirteen innings of work. Hopefully he’ll continue where he had left off last year as he faces the Mets.

Good luck, Vance, and get well soon, Joe.

Phils place Contreras on 15-day disable list, will bring up Michael Stutes from Lehigh Valley to take his place.

Yesterday, the Phils announced the reason why Jose Contreras had not been used for most of the Padres series. He had strained the flexnor pronator tendon on his right elbow. Because of that, he will be placed on the 15-day disabled list, while coming back to Philadelphia to have an MRI taken to see how bad it really is. At the time of his injury, Contreras had appeared in eight games, pitching eight scoreless innings, and converting all five of his save opportunities.

To take his place as the team’s closer, while the club is still waiting for Brad Lidge to return from his injury, will be Ryan Madson, who has so far converted both of his save opportunities. To take Contreras’ spot on the roster will be Michael Stutes, who had pitched well during spring training. The Phils have bought Stutes’ contract from Lehigh Valley, planning to give him his first taste of going against Major League bats during the regular season. Hope he will do as well as Antonio Bastardo presently is, and hope that Contreras will be back soon.

J.C. Romero has been placed on the 15-day disabled list; Mike Zagurski will take his place on the roster.

The Phils have just announced that they will be placing J.C. Romero on the 15-day disabled list, one day after he is taken out of last night’s game in the top of the ninth, as he attempted to field a ground ball hit by the Brewers’ Carlos Gomez, as he strained his right calf. Before the injury, Romero had pitched four and two-thirds innings, with a 3.86 ERA, as he was appearing in his seventh game of the season. Talk about tough luck.

The Phils have called up left-hander Mike Zagurski from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to take his spot on the 25-man roster. So far this year with the Iron Pigs, Zugurski had appeared in three games, with a 1-0 record and an 0.00 ERA, as he had allowed just two hits and have struck out seven in three and one-third innings. Hopefully he’ll do well with the parent club while J.C. recovers from his injury.

Seems injuries have decided to make things interesting…

This past Saturday, during the Phils’ 4-3 lost to the Pirates, Dom Brown, during an at-bat against pitcher Paul Maholm, fractured the hook of the hamate bone on his right hand as he fouled off a pitch, before getting his only hit of spring training, a single. Brown has returned to Philadelphia to visit hand specialist Randall Culp, to see how bad it is, although the Phils expect that Brown will need surgery on his right hand, and will therefore be out for four to six weeks. This will mean that Dom Brown will more than likely start the year at Triple-A Lehigh Valley, before being called back to the main club, while Ben Francisco, who has been hitting the cover off of the ball so far this spring (before going 0 for 3 in today’s game with the Yankees), will be the one who will be the starter in right field, although no one have yet to say that he is.

This could end up being a blessing in disguise, as it should allow Brown to get away from all of the hype around him as he is considered the team’s number one prospect, as well as being the number one candidate for the job in right field, although he have not had a good spring as he had gone 0 for 15 before getting the single.

Meanwhile, in spite of taking a week off to allow his right knee to heal after it was announced that he was suffering from patellar tendenitis, Chase Utley was given a cortisone shot to help it heal. This is not good news, as the leg was expected to heal on its own, after being given some rest, although Utley have taken batting practice as he waited for his knee to get better. Hopefully his knee will be okay by the time that the team head north near the end of the month and it will make Utley sit out a few games during the regular season when told to by Charlie Manuel.

Hail, hail..

…the team’s all here.

All of the position players have decided to come to Clearwater earlier than the official Saturday date when they are suppose to report. To me, that means that they are all eager to get started, which brings a big smile to my face.

The news that has come out of camp, so far, is that the Phils plan to have Wilson Valdez work out some in centerfield, so that they can use him there during the season, as well as at second, third and short. Sounds like a good idea to me, since they are obviously planning to optimize the use of their bench players so that they can insert them anywhere on the field in the late innings, if they aren’t using them as pinch hitters, or intend to give their starters a few days off to rest.

Raul Ibanez has come to camp in good shape, having worked out during the off-season, showing himself prepared to play a full season without injury, thereby helping the ballclub both with the bat, and in the field.

Dom Brown is prepared to get the right fielder job while admitting that he had played poorly in the Domnican Winter League, and that he has no excuse for that. In fact, he hopes that it’ll help motivate him in his fight for the right field position. He has also mentioned that while he was in Clearwater earlier this year, that batting coach Greg Gross has helped him to correct his swing, to get rid of the kinks that had developed while he was on the bench during the last month or so of the 2010 regular season, figuring it’ll help him out.

Lastly, Chase Utley, when asked if he would take the opportunity to speak with Hall of Famer Ryan Sandberg, the Phils’ new manager for their Triple-A team (Lehigh Valley), said that he planned to pick his brains. In fact, the pair had already spoken with each other, and Sandberg has said that he is impressed with Utley’s work ethic. I hope that the pair’s talking will help Utley bounce back from what happened last season.

The Phils signed Jason Grilli to a Minor League Contract.

Yesterday, the Phils signed veteran right-hander Jason Grilli to a Minor League Contract.

Grilli, in eight major league seasons, had an 18-18 record with a 4.74 ERA in 223 appearances. He has last thrown a pitch in the Majors in 2009, when he pitched for the Colorado Rockies and the Texas Rangers, with a combine record of 2-3 with an ERA of 5.32 in 52 appearances. Grilli did not pitch last year because of a knee injury.

Grilli will appear in the Phils’ minor league camp in Clearwater, and will likely start the season pitching for the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs.

Domonic Brown and Jonathan Singleton are among MLB.com’s Top 50 Prospects.

Yesterday, MLB.com announced who they consider to be Major League Baseball’s top 50 prospects. Among the fifty were two players in the Phillies’ farm system: Dom Brown, who came in at number 4 and Jonathan Singleton, who came in at 30.

Dom Brown, who is expected to join the team during spring training, to serve as part of a platoon in right field with Ben Francisco, to replace the just departed Jayson Werth, spent part of 2010 playing the outfield for both Double-A Reading and Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He batted .327, with an on-base percentage of .391 and a .589 slugging percentage, in 389 at-bats, as he hit 22 2Bs, 4 3Bs, 20 HRs and 68 RBIs for the two farm teams, before joining the major league ballclub during the summer after Shane Victorino got hurt. With limited playing time, as he stay with the ballclub through the playoffs, he batted .210 with 3 2Bs, 2 HRs and 13 RBIs in 62 at-bats, showing at the same time both his potential and his rawness. The Phils sent him to the Dominican Winter League to give him the at-bats he did not get while riding the bench during the last two months of the regular season, but he was sent home after struggling at the plate. So, he will be out to prove himself during spring training, to prove that he deserves to be with the big league ballclub.

Jonathan Singleton, who landed at number 30, spent the year playing for Class-A Lakewood, playing first base, as he went .290/.393/.479, hitting 25 2Bs, 2 3Bs, 14 HRs and 77 RBIs. As he shows potential, Singleton is being converted into an outfielder, as the Phils last season signed Ryan Howard to a five-year, $125-million contracts, which will start in 2012, meaning that he likely will not be able to join the ballclub playing that position. If he is able to show that he can play the outfield, Singleton should have a much better chance getting into the big league, hopefully as a Phil.

The Phils have signed Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg as their new manager at Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Sandberg to manage Phils’ Triple-A club

Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs tab Hall of Fame second baseman

By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com

Hmm, first Juan, and now Ryne. So far so good, especially with
reports of them trying to sign up fan favorite Mickey Morandini as
well.

PHILADELPHIA — Nearly 29 years after the Phillies traded Ryne Sandberg to the Chicago Cubs, he is rejoining the organization.

The Phillies announced on Monday morning that they’ve hired Sandberg
as the manager for their Triple-A affiliate, the Lehigh Valley Iron
Pigs. Sandberg managed the previous four seasons in the Cubs’ Minor
League system, including last season with Triple-A Iowa. He had been a
candidate to become the Cubs’ manager following Lou Piniella’s
midseason retirement, but Chicago retained Mike Quade instead.
Sandberg, a Hall of Fame second baseman and Cubs icon, subsequently
informed the Cubs he would seek employment elsewhere.

The Phillies had an opening and landed Sandberg.

Dallas Green said last week that Sandberg would make a great manager.

Green has a storied history with Sandberg. Green was the Cubs’
general manager when he fleeced the Phillies in one of the worst trades
in franchise history. The Jan. 27, 1982, deal sent Larry Bowa and
Sandberg to the Cubs for Ivan DeJesus. The Phillies felt they did not
have a position to play Sandberg, and because they felt compelled to
trade Bowa following a bitter contract dispute, Green astutely demanded
the Phillies include Sandberg in the trade.

Sandberg invited Green to his Hall of Fame induction ceremony in 2005.

“I would think he would make a great fit for us,” Green said last
week. “We raised him. He’s been let down by Chicago a good bit. He’s a
little bit bitter about that. … When he didn’t get the job, I called
him and commiserated with him. I knew he was disappointed. I still
personally think he should be a big league guy if that’s what he really
wants to do.

“I love the guy. He’s got a great work ethic. I haven’t watched him, but I think he’s going to be a good teacher.”

Sandberg earned Pacific Coast League Manager of the Year honors this
past season, when he led the Iowa Cubs (82-62) to a tie for the best
record in the Northern Division.

Sandberg was a 10-time National League All-Star. He also won nine
Gold Glove Awards and seven Silver Slugger Awards during his 16-year
career. The Phillies drafted Sandberg in 1978, and he played 13 games
for the club in ’81 before being traded.

The Phillies said the remainder of their 2011 player development
staff will be announced at a later date, but Mickey Morandini is
expected to be named to the staff in some capacity.

H/T Phillies.com

Welcome back, Ryne. Hope you’ll do well managing over in Lehigh Valley.

Hmm, things seem to be getting even busier around here.

Besides announcing that Juan Samuel would be the team’s new third-base coach and that Sam Perlozzo would be moved to the first-base coaching spot, the Phils have signed to minor league contracts former Tigers pitcher Eddie Bonine (4-1, 4.63 ERA, in 47 appearances (including one start)) and former Pirates catcher Erik Kratz (.118 (4 for 34), 1 RBI). Bonine will probably be competiting for a spot in the bullpen during Spring Training, or be sent to Triple-A Lehigh Valley, while Katz will likely be sent to either Lehigh Valley or Double-A Reading at the start of the 2011 season.

There are reports that the Phils are close to signing Jose Contreras to a two-year $5 million contract. Contreras, who appeared in 67 games, went 6-4 with a 3.34 ERA. He could receive a third option year based on performance incentives. Contreras was a major part of the bullpen last year, and he could certainly help the team next season, if he pitches just as effectively as he did this past season.

Hmm, things seem to be getting even busier around here.

Besides announcing that Juan Samuel would be the team’s new third-base coach and that Sam Perlozzo would be moved to the first-base coaching spot, the Phils have signed to minor league contracts former Tigers pitcher Eddie Bonine (4-1, 4.63 ERA, in 47 appearances (including one start)) and former Pirates catcher Erik Kratz (.118 (4 for 34), 1 RBI). Bonine will probably be competiting for a spot in the bullpen during Spring Training, or be sent to Triple-A Lehigh Valley, while Katz will likely be sent to either Lehigh Valley or Double-A Reading at the start of the 2011 season.

There are reports that the Phils are close to signing Jose Contreras to a two-year $5 million contract. Contreras, who appeared in 67 games, went 6-4 with a 3.34 ERA. He could receive a third option year based on performance incentives. Contreras was a major part of the bullpen last year, and he could certainly help the team next season, if he pitches just as effectively as he did this past season.

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