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).