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Phillies Need to Fight Through Injuries

Although the Philadelphia Phillies have the meat of their team gone, they are doing well to remain positive. Despite injuries, manager Charlie Manuel says that the team “won’t be discouraged”.

Battery mates Roy Halladay and Carlos Ruiz will both miss time; their losses may the most detrimental.

Stars Chase Utley and Ryan Howard have yet to be put in the lineup and Roy Halladay was taken out of last Sunday’s game due to a sore right shoulder. Today he was put on the DL with a right latissimus dorsi strain, and will be out for 6-8 weeks. This could be a huge blow to a staff already missing Vance Worley; the team is thinking about going after former Phillie Roy Oswalt.

In addition, the best catcher in the MLB at the moment, Carlos Ruiz, left the game with right hamstring firmness recently. He is currently day-to-day, sitting in favor of Brian Schneider, but hamstring injuries can be tricky so it’s hard to tell what will happen. When the Phillies begin a string of 8 games in American League ballparks in the second week of June, Chooch will probably be a candidate for DH.

The Phillies need to keep grinding because when their injured players return, especially in the case of Howard or Utley, it is tough to determine how well they will perform. Even though having them, Ruiz, Worley and Halladay will certainly bolster the roster, how well they play over the next month could determine if they’re still in the race when they all return.

What the Phillies really need is Jimmy Rollins to step up and contribute to the team, as his batting average is only .224 following another dreadful performance in game 1 of the Mets’ series. If Rollins starts hitting well at the top of the lineup, he’ll make things harder for opposing pitchers by forcing them to throw to the big guns and wreaking havoc on the base paths; he’s 9-10 already this year.

“We are not going to close the tent and back off”, says an adamant Manuel.

No, they aren’t. The Phillies aim to keep winning.

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2 Comments on “Phillies Need to Fight Through Injuries”

  1. May 29, 2012 at 6:12 pm #

    too bad oswalt signed with the rangers…

    • May 29, 2012 at 7:57 pm #

      Yeah that’s rough. I think we should stick with what we have, because when Worley and Doc return we’ll have the best rotation once again.

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