Results tagged ‘ Ruben Amaro Junior ’

Utley’s operation is successful, recovery time is still seen to be four to six months; Feliz also has a successful operation.

Utley’s recovery remains 4-6 months

Hip surgery successful; Feliz’s back surgery also goes well

Providing further details, the Phillies said in a press release on Tuesday that the three-time All Star had surgery Monday morning to trim the labrum and a bony lesion in his right hip at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York.

Dr. Bryan Kelly performed the procedure, which was described as an “arthroscopic debridement.” Kelly said the surgery went well and the findings were consistent with the tests performed before the operation.

“Our early reports are that it was very successful surgery,” Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said at Monday’s red-carpet premiere for the release of the DVD commemorating the 2008 World Series champions. “It was favorable.”

The team also provided a medical update for third baseman Pedro Feliz, who had a lumbar discectomy performed Nov. 20 by back specialist Dr. Robert Watkins in Los Angeles. That procedure also went well, and Feliz will return home to complete a rehabilitation program, which is expected to require eight to 12 weeks.

Utley’s return target date remains unclear. A six-month recovery would keep him out until June, though the four-month time frame could have him ready by Opening Day. With those extremes, the realistic approach might be looking late April or early May.

Through June 3, the All-Star second baseman was batting .321 with a .684 slugging percentage and was leading the Major Leagues with 21 home runs. He had become the early favorite for the National League Most Valuable Player Award. But after that, his production dropped, and he hit .272 with 12 homers.

“He’s strong and will come back and be fine,” reliever Ryan Madson said. “We don’t want him to rush back, though. We want him to be ready.”

Depending on Utley’s progression, the team may line up backup plans for a short-term replacement. Former Phillies Nick Punto and Tadahito Iguchi have been linked as possibilities. (H/T Phillies.com)

Good to hear that the opeartions on both Utley and Feliz went well. Okay, guys, especially you, Utley, take this time to fully recover. That would be best for both you and the team as a whole.

Chase Utley has surgery done on his right hip.

Utley undergoes hip surgery

Phillies hoping for quick recovery for All-Star

The two-time All-Star had the procedure performed by Dr. Bryan Kelly at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York.

“Our early reports are that it was very successful surgery,” said Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. at the red-carpet premiere for the release of the DVD commemorating the 2008 World Series champions. “It was favorable.”

Amaro declined to elaborate on exactly how favorable, saying more will be known Tuesday, when he confers with head athletic trainer Scott Sheridan, Kelly and team physician Michael Ciccotti. The team is hopeful for a quick recovery, putting Utley in a uniform sooner than the worst-case scenario of the beginning of June.

Utley’s condition was distressing news last week to a team that celebrated its first World Series title since 1980. One of the team’s best hitters and one of its on-field leaders, Utley is a hard-nosed player who treats every play as if it’s his last.

Through June 3, the All-Star second baseman was batting .321 with a .684 slugging percentage and was leading the Major Leagues with 21 home runs. He had become the early favorite for the National League Most Valuable Player Award. But after that, his production dropped, and he hit .272 with 12 homers.

Utley hit just .220 in the postseason, with two home runs during the World Series. He constantly shrugged off speculation about his condition, always joking or smiling. His name popped up on the team’s internal injury report in mid-May, but Utley kept playing.

“That’s always tough news to hear, but he’s strong and will come back and be fine,” Ryan Madson said. “We don’t want him to rush back, though. We want him to be ready.” (H/T Phillies.com)

I’m also hoping for a quick recovery, but I hope that the doctors advice him to take it easy and allow to heal properly. I’m also hoping that its not as bad as all the reports last week have made it sound. Just hope that the worst case scenario is just that, a worse case scenario. Anyway, hoping for the best, but, as a typical Phillies fan, expecting the worst.

Phillies add Scott Proefrock as new assistant GM.

Phillies name Proefrock assistant GM

Amaro’s former position filled by Orioles front-office employee

Proefrock spent the past three years as director of baseball administration in Baltimore. He had spent the previous 11 years with Tampa Bay, eventually serving as assistant GM to Chuck LaMar through the 2005 season. He also worked with LaMar with the Braves from 1991-95 and Pittsburgh in 1989-90.

He’ll be working with LaMar again in Philadelphia, as both share an assistant GM title. Proefrock will handle big league contracts and the composition of the roster, a role held by Amaro while assisting former GMs Ed Wade and Pat Gillick.

Amaro named Benny Looper and LaMar assistant general managers last week, with both focusing on scouting and player development.

Proefrock was chosen over former Mets GM Jim Duquette, former Reds GM Wayne Krivsky and Muzzy Jackson, formerly an assistant GM with the Royals. (H/T Phillies.com)

Once again, welcome to the Phils, Scott, and how that you’ll have as big an impact here as you had, if a bit late, with the American League Champion Rays.

Scott Eyre to stay with the Phillies as he signs a one year contract.

Phils re-sign lefty reliever Eyre

A late-season add, hurler helped in World Series title run

“It’s written in my hat: ‘Have fun,’” Eyre said, upon joining the Phillies in August. “I like to laugh and have a good time.”

Eyre had so much fun with the World Series champions that he re-signed with them Monday, inking a one-year, $2 million deal, which also includes performance bonuses.

Acquired from the Cubs on Aug. 7 for Minor League pitcher Brian Schlitter, the 36-year-old southpaw went 3-0 with a 1.88 ERA and 18 strikeouts in 14 1/3 innings. Combined, he went 5-0 with a 4.21 ERA and 32 strikeouts in 25 2/3 innings in 2008, holding left-handed batters to a .220 average and one home run in 50 at-bats.

Eyre provided manager Charlie Manuel with a key complement to fellow lefty J.C. Romero, allowing Eyre to face lefty batters earlier in the game.

Eyre immediately fit in a bullpen of unique personalities that consists of Brad Lidge, Ryan Madson, Romero, Clay Condrey and Chad Durbin.

For his career, Eyre is 26-29 with a 4.36 ERA for the White Sox, Blue Jays, Giants, Cubs and Phillies.  (H/T Phillies.com)

One post-season contract signing down, two more to go (Jamie Moyer and Pat Burrell). You’re doing okay so far, Rueben. Keep up the good work.

The Phillies have just announced the men who will be working with Amaro in the front office.

GM Amaro makes front-office moves

Looper takes on Arbuckle’s responsibilities; LaMar promoted

Looper will assume Arbuckle’s responsibilities in the scouting and player development realm, and will be assisted by Chuck LaMar, who has been promoted to assistant GM, player development and scouting.

Amaro said Friday that he plans to interview candidates for an assistant general manager — essentially to replace himself — in the next few weeks. He said he has “about four or five candidates,” and that the position will be filled from outside the organization.

Looper, the uncle of free-agent pitcher Braden Looper, will oversee player personnel in his role as assistant GM. He worked closely with Pat Gillick during their years together with the Mariners.

The 60-year-old had spent the previous 23 years with Seattle in many capacities at the Major and Minor League levels, including most recently as vice president of player personnel (2006-08), VP of player development and scouting (2003-06) and VP of player development (2002-03).

LaMar will manage the player development department, working closely with Minor League director Steve Noworyta and scouting director Marti Wolever, and will also cross-check at the amateur and professional levels. The 52-year-old joined the Phillies in October 2007 and spent the past season as the director of professional scouting. Before joining the Phillies, LaMar spent a year with the Washington Nationals as special assistant to GM Jim Bowden and 10 years as the GM of the Tampa Bay Rays (1995-2006).

Dallas Green (senior advisor to the GM), Charley Kerfeld (special assistant to the GM), Gordon Lakey (director, Major League scouting), Noworyta (director, Minor League operations) and Wolever (director, scouting) are all staying with the organization in their current positions. Gillick is also remaining with the club in an advisory role. (H/T Phillies.com)

Okay, guys, here’s the deal, work to get this team to repeat as a World Champ and you’ll get the fans to love you forever after. Do not mess this up too badly like management has done in the past.

Steve Smith to be let go as the Phillies’ third base coach.

Phillies let third-base coach go

Smith had been with organization for two seasons

General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. confirmed this from Dana Point, Calif., where he’s attending the General Managers Meetings. Manuel is in attendance as well, and the two men met with Smith personally to deliver the news.

Smith was hired before the start of the 2007 season, as a replacement for Art Howe, who had been hired but left to accept a position with the Rangers.

The rest of the Phillies’ coaches will be asked to return. (H/T Phillies.com)

Hopefully Charlie will have someone ready to take his place, although it is good to hear that the rest of the coaches will still be here. Goodbye Steve, and good luck in the future. 

Pat Gillick will stay with the team in an advisory role.

Gillick to remain with Phils as advisor

Amaro, Montgomery pleased to keep former GM on staff

Gillick isn’t leaving? That’s really good news.
 
PHILADELPHIA — The news got better for new Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. on Monday, when he announced that his mentor of the past three seasons wasn’t leaving.

Pat Gillick, who fulfilled a three-year commitment as general manager by constructing a World Series champion, will remain on the staff in an advisory role.

The 71-year-old Gillick will advise Amaro and team president David Montgomery on baseball matters, including amateur scouting, player development and the Major League club.

“I’m very happy that Pat has opted to stay on board,” Amaro said. “His knowledge of the game is invaluable and his innumerable resources will be a tremendous asset. There are pluses to having Pat with us and draw on his expertise.”

In 51 years in professional baseball — 27 as a general manager — Gillick has brought 11 different teams to the playoffs. He previously served as GM of the Blue Jays, Orioles and Mariners and guided Toronto to back-to-back World Series championships (1992-93).

He also worked for the Astros and Yankees in scouting and player development.

“I’m going home,” Gillick said with a laugh as Amaro and others prepared to head to California for the General Manager Meetings. Gillick also joked that his wife was worried about the additional time they may spend together.

Gillick claims to have few hobbies, so he plans to get some “work done around the house” during his down time. The rest of the time, he’ll keep an eye on the Phillies Foundation.

“This is Ruben’s day, but we’re thrilled Pat has agreed to remain with us for the foreseeable future,” said Montgomery, who had tried to persuade Gillick to say on as full-time GM. “With Pat, you never know what that means, as an advisor to Ruben and myself.”

What’s his title?

“We haven’t talked about a title,” Montgomery said. “He won’t want a title, but he’s told us he’s going to remain with us. Probably by phone, but whatever. He’s there as a resource.” (H/T Phillies.com)

This is some of the best Phillies related news that I have seen since watching the Phillies win this year’s world series. Hopefully his experience will help guide Junior until he’s fully ready to do things on his own. Thanks for deciding to stay around for a while longer, Mr. Gillick.

Ruben Amaro, Jr. takes over the reins as the Phillies’ GM as Pat Gillick retires. Mike Arbuckle resigns as Phillies’ Assistant GM of Scouting and Player Development.

Amaro Jr. takes over reins for Phillies

Longtime assistant GM, former player replaces mentor Gillick

As Amaro dug in that cloudy afternoon, Reds catcher Eddie Taubensee asked, “Aren’t you the assistant GM?” After driving in the winning run with an 11th-inning sacrifice fly, he heard Taubensee again, though not as cordial.

“He used a couple of expletives and said, ‘I can’t believe the assistant GM just beat us,’” said Amaro.

Taubensee was right. Amaro, a former Phillies bat boy, would have seven more Major League plate appearances before finishing his career with a .235 average. Shortly after, he accepted the Phillies’ assistant GM job offered to him by Ed Wade in the spring of 1998, embracing the unique and outstanding new path.

A decade later, he stood at the podium at Citizens Bank Park on Monday, having reached an ultimate new goal, shedding the assistant label and taking over as general manager of a team that won its first World Series championship in 28 years.

“I’m ready to continue the leadership that those who have preceded me have developed in Philadelphia,” Amaro said. “While our leadership is changing, our goals will remain the same, and that’s to bring championships here to Philadelphia and to win World Series. I’m looking forward to the challenge.”

Amaro replaces outgoing GM Pat Gillick, who stepped down after fulfilling a three-year contract signed before the 2006 season. Gillick steps aside amid perfect circumstances for the architect of 11 playoff teams with four different organizations, including three World Series champions.

Team president David Montgomery had hoped to persuade Gillick to reconsider his decision to leave as a full-time GM, but settled for the 71-year-old remaining in an advisory role.

“Not only is he well prepared, I believe he is extremely well qualified for this opportunity,” said Montgomery, who selected Amaro over another in-house candidate, Mike Arbuckle. “That’s evidenced by the outstanding contribution he’s made to our club since he’s joined us 10 years ago.”

Amaro’s first assignment will be to represent the Phillies at the annual General Manager’s Meetings, which began Monday in Dana Point, Calif. He was set to fly out Monday afternoon. After that, he’ll have to figure out which free agents to pursue and how to manage a budget that is expected to increase from 2008′s $104 million.

He said keeping pitchers Jamie Moyer and Scott Eyre are top priorities, and he’s already spoken to representatives for both players. Retaining outfielder Pat Burrell may be more daunting and the team is prepared for life without him.

Arbuckle, the assistant general manager of scouting and player development and a part of the organization since 1992, won’t return next season. Reached by phone Sunday, Arbuckle, 58, declined to comment, but indicated that he was prepared to move on after being passed over three times for the position.

His departure is a significant loss for the organization. Under his watch, he and scouting director Marti Wolever supervised drafts that secured Burrell, Cole Hamels, Ryan Howard, Ryan Madson, Brett Myers, Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley, while also signing players like Carlos Ruiz out of Panama. Arbuckle also drafted the six players who landed Brad Lidge and Joe Blanton in trades.

“Clearly his work was very instrumental in getting us to the point that we were on Broad Street last Friday,” Montgomery said. “Mike’s a first-class individual, and on behalf of everybody, we wish him nothing but the best in the future.”

“He’s a very good evaluator, and knows talent,” Gillick added. “Those people are very difficult to replace.”

Amaro believed that he would be able to find a replacement for Arbuckle quickly, and said Chuck LaMar, currently the director of professional scouting, might be “elevated,” possibly taking on Arbuckle’s player development role.

Selecting an assistant will be conducted through an interview process, and Amaro suggested that person isn’t currently in the organization. Wolever and Minor Leagues director Steve Noworyta are also staying.

“There will be some shuffling in our organization,” Amaro said. “There won’t be a whole lot of changes. We don’t need a whole lot of changes frankly. We just won a World Series.”

As assistant GM, Amaro has long been speculated as the person who would succeed Gillick, who was hired in part to mentor Amaro. The 43-year-old was a full-time bat boy for the Phillies from 1981-83 and enjoyed being around Hall of Famers Steve Carlton and Mike Schmidt, along with Pete Rose, Larry Bowa and Bob Boone.

Amaro, who played for the Phillies from 1992-93 and 1996-98, remembered when the idea of switching from a baseball uniform to a three-piece suit was first broached.

“I was in half uniform,” Amaro said. “I had just had a workout in Spring Training [of '98] and was thinking, ‘I may not make this club, so I better go talk to Ed [Wade] and let him know that I want to continue in baseball.”

Amaro thought that meant helping as a coach.

“When I went to his office that day, he said, ‘I’ve not worked with an assistant. Would you consider being my assistant?’ My jaw dropped. At that point, I said, ‘I want to try and continue to play as long as I can.’ I made the club, [but I] had a terrible year. We had discussions during the course of the year about what my responsibilities would be. [I] talked to my family and said, ‘Let’s make the move. This door’s not going to be open very long, or maybe ever again.’”

Next to going to Stanford University, Amaro called that “probably the best decision I ever made.”

His rise to his new position bears that out. (H/T Phillies.com)

Congrat on your new job, junior. Please don’t mess this up. Mike, I wish you good fortune wherever you land, just as long as it isn’t at the Phillies expense. What, I’m a loyal fan, shoot me.

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.