Saturday, January 24, 2009

Rehab, Rumors, and a Signing

Chase Utley and Pedro Feliz are both mending well, with each aiming to be ready by Opening Day. Feliz's surgery and rehab was/is less extensive than Utley's, and he'll likely be ready to go shortly after spring training begins. Chase, the uber-tough-ass he is, was originally slotted to be out until June, but is now zealously preparing for April 5th @ 8 PM against the Braves in the Brick Cit House. Backup plans are in place should one or both not be able to go to start the season with Marcus Giles, Jason Donald, Eric Bruntlett, and Greg Dobbs in tow.

Words on Chutley from Rube- "We're cautiously optimistic that he'll be ready at some time close to Opening Day, but we're not pushing him, and we're making sure that he is completely healthy once he's ready to go. Opening Day might be what his goal is but, again, we're not going to put him on the field until he's completely healthy and we feel that there's no risk for re-injury."

Fat Mike Zagurski (nicknamed in honor of Fat Mike of NOFX and Me First and the Gimmie Gimmies) has suffered a setback in his rehab likely pulling him out of consideration for JC Romero's open slot in the bullpen.

Amaro isn't keeping his plan a secret, as he's openly admitted that he wants to add a righthanded bat to the bench. Nomar Garciaparra is his first choice, but No-Mah is mauling over retirement...which means he's not worth offering a contract to then anyway. Nomar would be booed in Philly for his batting glove routine shenanigans and is only a fragile exoskeleton of the player he once was...pass! Rich Aurilla, Moises Alou, Kevin Millar, and Mark Grudzielanek are also a blip on the Phils rumor radar. Alou is about as old and healthy as Bea Arthur, but dude can hit and he plays the outfield. Also, if he were to help beat the Mets, I think I'd pee myself from laughter. Really, any of these guys would be okay for a bench spot because I do believe a righthanded option aside from Brunt and the backup catcher is needed.

Damon Hollins is now a Phillie. Who? Why? Do you mean spider-bite Dave Hollins? Nope, I mean Damon Hollins, who hasn't played in the majors since 2006 with the then Devil Rays. He spent 2007 in Japan and 2008 in Triple A batting a paltry .220. I'm not sure why signing a 34 year old outfielder is a good idea, but who am I to question Amaro's genius? Through 4 seasons in MLB he's played with the Dodgers, Braves, and Tampa Bay batting .242/.701. He's also a rare breed of player that throws left but bats right.

*Carlos Ruiz is skipping the WBC to play for his homeland Panama, an is concentrating on improving his offense this season and deepening his bond with the pitching staff (sounds kinky).



GM-Carson said...

From BeerLeaguer-
Beerleaguer: "Chase Utley had surgery and is rehabbing right now. It sounds like he’s making a lot of progress. Now, what if he’s not ready to start the season, what are you going to do?"

Manuel: "I like for Utley to answer for himself; you can get more out of him that way. But when the season starts, he’s going to be wanting to play. If he can’t play, that tells me that he’s definitely not ready. I’m not worried about it, because if he don’t start the first game of the season, I think he’s going to be very close. Actually, I look for him to start."

furiousBall said...

i farted

Burton said...

Speaking of rumors, I got this from a friend of mine today who keeps his ear to the ground when it comes to baseball, though I am not sure where he heard it...

Is Milwaukee looking at Ryan Howard?

Dan said... They have Prince Fielder just signed to a 2 year contract. Howard is vastly too expensive for them. Also, the thought of having both Fielder and Howard on the same NL team is enough to send me into a nervous breakdown, just on general principle alone.

Eek. Seriously, think about that!? The lack of mobility and fielding talent at first base would be unmatched in the past 125 years of professional baseball.

Soss said...

WHEN Howard leaves the Phillies, he has to go to an American League team. He's perfect for a DH position.

Bob D said...

Howard will be a Phillie for the next 2 years. Then he maybe traded, my guess would be to the Yankees for their top 3 prospects.

ripjgarcia said...

Speaking of Prince Fielder. 2 years 18 million.. Does Howard really feel he's worth twice as much as Fielder.

furiousBall said...

farted again

GM-Carson said...

I too farted, always do in the morning.

Interesting topic Prince settling for 2 years 18M while Howard wants that money but only on 1 year...proving further Howard is being greedy and ridiculous.

GM-Carson said...

According to David Murphy of the Philadelphia Daily News, the Phillies are interested in Ty Wigginton.

Wigginton, who hit .285/.350/.526 in 429 plate appearances with Houston last year, would be an option at third base in case Pedro Feliz's back injury continues to be a problem.

Murphy reports that the Phillies have also looked at Rich Aurilia as an option at third base.

*Don't remember Wiggiton playing much 3rd recently, and the Marlins just got him.

GM-Carson said...

Wow, maybe I shouldn't comment so early in the morning. Ty Wigginton would be an awesome addition, and he plays outfield, 3rd, and 2nd. I was thinking of Josh Willingham...dumbass!

NE Phillies Phan said...

Translation: Ruiz looked over his shoulder and saw Paulino, Coste, & Marson hot on his heels and realized he still wants to be a starter.

The best way for him to do that is be the best damn defensive/game calling catcher in the org.

Wigginton is far too expensive and won't get enough ABs on our team. Rollins, Utley, Howard, and Ibanez all play over 150 games a year and Feliz/Dobbs have 3B pretty covered too.

We already have the poor man's Wigginton in Eric Bruntlett. I wouldn't mind having Wigginton but I dont see it happening. If Utley were to suffer a setback, I'm much rather have Grudz instead of our current options though.

GM-Carson said...

What, Marcus Giles doesn't instill any sense of security?