Showing posts with label Enemy Watch. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Enemy Watch. Show all posts

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Enemy Watch: Phillies' Ryan Howard to be Out till May?

Phillies General Manager Ruben Amaro spoke to Fox Sports and said it will be “great” if first baseman Ryan Howard is able to return to the team in May after undergoing surgery for a ruptured left Achilles.

Amaro said Howard was recently cleared to resume strength-building exercises and some weight-bearing activities. “We’re still being very cautious with him,” Amaro said.

In the meantime, Amaro is content with the internal options to fill in for Howard: John Mayberry Jr., Ty Wigginton, Laynce Nix, and Jim Thome. “We’re covered,” Amaro said.

Amaro is very satisfied with reports on Thome, as he prepares to play in the field on a limited basis. Thome, 41, has played just four games at first base since 2005 – and none since 2007. “Our medical people are surprised at the shape he’s in,” Amaro said. “They think he might be better now than he was when we first signed him in 2002.” Amaro said it’s conceivable that Thome could play first base as often as four or five times per month.

Friday, July 08, 2011

Enemy Watch: Aww....Shane Victorino goes on DL and will miss All-Star Game

Shane Victorino may have won MLB's "Final Vote" for the All-Star Game, but the Phillies center fielder won't be playing in Phoenix next week.

The Phillies placed him on the 15-day disabled list Friday and called up infielder Pete Orr from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Victorino sprained a ligament in his right thumb and hasn't played since Sunday, so the move is retroactive to July 4.

Although Victorino won the fan's final vote, manager Bruce Bochy will have the autonomy to replace Victorino.

Although Andrew McCutchen of the Pirates deserves it, Andre Ethier of the Dodgers will be a contender, as well. Ethier was on the "Final Vote" ballot, which the manager has a significant say in selecting.

Victorino is hitting .303/.376/.524 with nine home runs this season.

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Enemy Watch: Chase Utley's Doctor releases statement about his health

Phillies Team Physician Dr. Michael Ciccotti issued the following statement regarding Chase Utley’s health status.

“Chase has had mild patellar tendinitis and chondromalacia in the past that have previously resolved quickly. His symptoms returned during his off-season workouts, and he developed some anterior knee pain consistent with his prior history. When he reported to spring training this year, his knee was treated as it had been in the past, however his symptoms continued. An MRI was obtained that demonstrated his prior tendinitis, chondromalacia, and bone inflammation. His chondromalacia symptoms persisted in spite of focused non-operative care, including a cortisone injection. A subsequent cartilage-specific MRI was obtained confirming the initial diagnosis. Continued non-operative treatment is being carried out and additional opinions will be obtained.”
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